Downtown Council CEO Mark Stenglein resigns

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June 26, 2013
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Minneapolis Downtown Council CEO Mark Stenglein has resigned from his post after one year on the job.

Stenglein stepped down yesterday to purse a new career path, according to a letter Collin Barr, chairman of the Downtown Council's Board, sent to the Council's board of directors and the Downtown Improvement District (DID). 

Betsy Buckley, founder of What Matters, a consulting firm that has worked with the Downtown Council, will serve as interim president and CEO of the organization. Kathryn Reali has also been named chief operations officer for the Downtown Council and the DID.

 "As chair, I remain confident in the continued contributions of MDC-DID to the vibrancy of our downtown," Barr wrote in the letter. "I appreciate all that each of you does to contribute to that worthy mission, and encourage you to join me in wishing Mark nothing but the best. We do not expect that this will be a lengthy search for us, in terms of finding and on-boarding a new leader, nor for Mark, in terms of his next role." 

Buckley and Barr, a president at downtown-based Ryan Cos. US Inc., declined further comment on the changes at the Downtown Council.

The Downtown Council has been working on advancing a vision for the city called Downtown 2025. Goals include doubling downtown's population to 70,000, transforming Nicollet Mall into a more vibrant destination, building a new Gateway Park on the north end of Nicollet Mall and ending street homelessness, among other initiatives.