November 7, 2016, ASTORIA, OREGON—The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association has selected a new executive director for the organization. Following a committee-driven search and interview process, Sarah Heath was offered the position and she accepted it. She will begin service in her new role on November 28.
Sarah has a strong background in nonprofit fundraising and development, most recently serving as director of development for Restore Oregon, a statewide historic preservation organization. Her professional experience also reflects strength in the areas of strategic planning, project management, event management, marketing, communications, and volunteer recruitment.
“I am thrilled to come to Astoria and be part of a successful Main Street program,” Heath said. “Together, we’ll continue the good work that’s already been done, and expand it even further. I am excited to begin this new adventure, and look forward to becoming part of the community.”
ADHDA’s previous executive director, Alana Garner, resigned in September to pursue other opportunities after three years of service.
“Our first major goal as part of ADHDA’s revival several years ago was to reinstate a paid executive director position,” said Dulcye Taylor, president of the Association. “ADHDA had been driven exclusively by volunteers for approximately 20 years, and we knew that paid staffing would be the only way to ensure sustainability and continuity of the organization and its work in the community,” she explained. “We’ve come a long way over the past few years, and Sarah has the skills and experience to help us take it to the next level,” Taylor said.
ADHDA is a non-profit organization that emphasizes the encouragement of community involvement and investment in preserving the character of historic downtown Astoria while promoting its health and future. For more information, visit www.astoriadowntown.com.