He represented team in local property development efforts
J.E. Isaac, the public face of the Portland Trail Blazers property development efforts, is resigning his position as senior vice president of business affairs for the team at the end of July.
"I want to thank Paul Allen and Larry Miller for the opportunities and experiences I have had with the team. The Trail Blazers organization is a very special place to work, and I have been privileged to be a part of it for a very long time. Now, however, it is time for me to begin a new chapter and I am ready to move on," Isaac said in a prepared statement.
Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said Isaac will continue to work with the team in his new role as a consultant.
"We thank J. for over two decades of service to the team," Miller said in the statement. "His contribution, creativity and leadership have made an impact on this organization that will be felt for many years to come. We are fortunate to have had him as a member of our leadership team, and pleased he has agreed to continue on as a consultant."
Although Isaac has been with the team for 22 years, he may be best known to the public as the spokesman for Jumptown, the proposal to redevelop the underused land in the Rose Quarter that was rejected by Mayor Sam Adams. Conceived in partnership with Cordish development company, the concept would have built new retail stores, offices and restaurants near the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum. Cordish has built similar projects in other cities, including Dallas and Philadelphia. Some Portlanders criticized it as being too commercial, however, and Adams ultimately called for a development project that would support the city's emerging sports apparel industry.
The Trail Blazers redevelopment rights in the Rose Quarter expired on May 24. No other firm plan has yet been presented to the City Council.
Isaac began his career at the Trail Blazers as the director of game operations and retail. He was promoted to vice president of business operations, and then advanced to the senior executive team where he managed government relations, real estate and business development, and Rose Quarter operations. In those capacities, Isaac represented the organization through his service on numerous civic and community boards and commissions. He has contributed countless hours of leadership and advocacy to some of Portland's most innovative projects including the Portland Streetcar and the creation of the Lloyd Eco-District partnership.
According to the statement, the team will reorganize around Isaac's departure, assigning his responsibilities to other executives who will consult with Isaac as needed.
Isaac began working for the team in 1989. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers, Isaac was a practicing attorney and personal manager in the music business.