Casey Gilbert is stepping down as director of Portland Downtown. Courtesy of Portland Downtown

Casey Gilbert is stepping down as executive director of Portland Downtown.

Gilbert is leaving the nonprofit focused on improving Portland’s downtown when her contract expires in June, the organization announced Monday. She plans to pursue a consulting practice, explore teaching opportunities and complete her Ph.D., it said.

The nonprofit’s board of directors intends to launch a nationwide search beginning March 1.

Gilbert took over as the executive director of Portland Downtown in 2015. During her tenure, she promoted various projects related to transportation and community building – such as the Drive Less Do More campaign and the Peer Outreach Worker Program. In addition to her efforts within the city, Gilbert also has been acknowledged for her role in raising Portland’s public profile.


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