Santa Rosa Metro Chamber President and CEO Jonathan Coe on Thursday said he will step down from his leadership role on Oct. 1.
Coe will continue working part-time at the chamber through the end of the year, focusing on its Downtown Association program and facilitating the leadership transition, according to the chamber. Chief Operating Officer Debbie Gesualdo will be interim president and CEO during the local then national search for a replacement.
Coe has led the chamber since 2009. Before that, he was president and general manager of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce in Idaho for a decade.
“Over the past eight years, I have endeavored to serve the chamber to the best of my abilities, and think the organization has made progress during that time,” Coe said in a statement.
Here are highlights the chamber noted about Coe’s time there:
□ Created of the Santa Rosa Tourism Business Improvement Area (BIA) and the Visit Santa Rosa program.
□ Played leading roles in reunifying Courthouse Square, bringing the Ironman event to Santa Rosa, and moving the chamber headquarters to Courthouse Square.
□ Helped attract three new airlines to Sonoma County.
□ Established annual summits for chambers of commerce in the region.
□ Led the implementation of local candidate endorsements by the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber.
□ Oversaw creation of the organization’s new name and brand identity.
“The business community in Santa Rosa and across Sonoma County has benefited from Jonathan’s skill in building partnerships that foster healthy economic development, generate jobs and promote business success,” said Judy James, chairwoman of the chamber board of directors. “Thanks to his leadership, the Chamber is strategically positioned for contributions to regional economic prosperity and continued recognition as the leading voice of business in the Santa Rosa metropolitan area.”