A campaign supporter of City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has received $30,000 in no-bid city contracts, including to rebrand the Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Jen Wick's rebranding work was revealed last week when Eudaly announced that ONI was renamed the Office of Community and Civic Life, which came with a new logo designed by Wick.
In February 2016, during the primary, Wick's firm Jen Wick Studio contributed $1,300 in-kind services for design work to Eudaly's campaign.
It's not a lot of money, but the contribution raises questions about why Eudaly's office selected her without a competitive bid.
"We selected Jen Wick because she is an outstanding designer who has consistently delivered vibrant, high quality work," says Eudaly's policy adviser Winta Yohannes. "We were proud of the work she did for the campaign, and we are again impressed by the work she's delivered on this project."
Eudaly's office noted that Wick could be selected without a bid because she's a women-owned business and the city officially allows for larger contracts to support minority- and women-owned businesses.
"I am a WBE certified business with the state," says Wick. "I've been doing work in the nonprofit sector since I started my studio 8 years ago, and have been working in the design industry for 20 years."
Wick's work for Eudaly's office involves "creating a style guide (templates, business cards, website work, etc. for us)," Yohannes says.