MetroEast Community Media CEO Martin Jones is departing the nonprofit organization after three years helming the community media center at 829 N.E. Eighth Street in Gresham.
"Marty's contributions to our programs, members and staff will benefit MetroEast for a long time," said MetroEast Board President Shannon Chisom. "I am pleased the content produced under his leadership has been invited to the White House and received three Emmy nominations."
Jones embraced the boards' ambitious transition plans to diversify the organization's revenue during a time of significant decreases in the cable franchise revenue from cord cutters. He also oversaw the significant expansion of MetroEast as a highly sought-after production services provider for nonprofits and government agencies in need of professional creative videos.
"It has been my greatest pleasure to have worked with the stellar team of dedicated media and nonprofit professionals at MetroEast," Jones said. "I am proud of our significant increases in earned income, our bold and exciting rebranding, award-winning productions and our exponential growth as a recipient of several grants from foundations in support of our work in Rockwood."
Those grants helped MetroEast, under Jones' leadership, serve more than 700 Rockwood residents, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. The primary focus of MetroEast's work in Rockwood is digital equity and inclusion — providing access to broadband connectivity, computers and training in the heart of one of the most diverse communities in Oregon.
The MetroEast Leadership Team will manage the transition with John Lugton, head of productions, serving as point person.
"I wish (Jones) the very best in his next adventure," Chisolm said.
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