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Former board member Christina Richartz will serve in new role at the Chamber of Commerce

Estacada Community Center General Manager Christina Richartz will fill the Chamber of Commerce's recently established executive director role.

Richartz began her new role at the Estacada Chamber on Monday, July 8, and will work part time at the Chamber and part time at the Community Center.

"I'm grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this important organization and work in such a strong and proud community," Richartz said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know the members, volunteers and partners as we look to take the Chamber to the next level."

As executive director, Richartz will represent the organization to the government and local community. Hiring an executive director to fill this role is a goal outlined in the Chamber's 10 year vision plan.

"We are excited to begin to meet those goals and welcome Christina to the Chamber in her new role as our executive director," Chamber Vice President Michele Jones wrote in a press release. "Over the last several years, the Chamber has made continuous improvements towards stability and professionalism. . . Our focus is on promoting our membership businesses through continual advertising and marketing activities as well as advocating on behalf of our members to government and the community on issues that impact our members."

Along with her work in the Estacada area, Richartz has also worked in Group Sales at Resort Hotels to Destination Management for major corporations' offsite conferences in Lake Tahoe.

Richartz was previously a member of the Chamber's board of directors and will step down as she begins her new position. The Chamber is striving two fill two vacancies, and those interested in joining the board should contact the Chamber office at 503-630-3483.

Leaders at the Chamber of Commerce are eager to continue working with Richartz in her new role.

"She brings a natural ability to promote Estacada, create networking between businesses and to educate the community about the benefits and advantages of Chamber membership through public relations, local and regional events and fundraisers," Jones said.

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