On the list of people who most champion the city of Boise—and particularly downtown Boise—Karen Sander is near or at the top. As executive director of the Downtown Boise Association for more than 11 years, Sander has helped negotiate and, in many instances, steer the change and sustainability of the downtown landscape.
Her longtime role will change considerably, as Sander announced to the DBA Board of Directors today that she'll be leaving the nonprofit organization, which promotes and helps operate the downtown shopping, dining, arts and entertainment district.
Among its numerous events
are First Thursday, Alive After Five, the Boise Twilight Criterium, the city's annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, Dine Out Downtown and Christmas in the City.
"I have an opportunity to join Cushman and Wakefield [real estate], so I continue to be a downtown champion, just on the real estate side," Sander told Boise Weekly
. "I'll be here through the end of September; I'll wrap things up with the DBA and transition over to Cushman and Wakefield in October."
Sander said she has communicated with her board and was continuing to communicate with a long list of DBA members, sponsors and vendors.
"I'm working with board leadership to put out a job announcement for my replacement. They'll be putting together a selection team," she said. "This was an incredibly hard decision. My heart and soul has been in this."
Sander won't be traveling far—her new offices with Cushman and Wakefield will be in downtown Boise's BoDo district.
"Going into the world of commercial real estate is going to be a learning curve for certain, but I've had the unique opportunity to work with some great downtown people," she added. "I'm super excited to continue to work downtown."