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City Club executive director resigns

CITY CLUB OF PORTLAND - Mike MarshallThe City Club of Portland is looking for a new executive director.

Club members were notified of Mike Marshall’s resignation by club president Kourtney Nelson early Tuesday. Nelson’s email did not give any reason for Marshall’s departure, but said a search for a new director will be launched in coming months.

“Mike was instrumental in helping City Club evolve into a more relevant and influential organization. We will miss his commitment to our Club’s mission and core values but we are confident that our staff will continue to build on his success during this transition period,” the email said.

Chris Trejbal, a club research and advocacy consultant, said Marshall left after a meeting with the Board of Governors by mutual agreement.

“Mike left on good terms,” said Trejbal, who declined to provide any additional details.

Marshall, the 2014 campaign manager for former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, was hired in May 2015. He replaced former Portland Mayor Sam Adams, who left to head the U.S. Climate Initiate in Washington DC earlier in the year.

As executive director, Marshall continued Adam’s efforts to recruit younger members with more after-work events at popular locations. He also found himself immersed in controversy when a member downloaded the club’s membership list from its website and distributed it to as many as three ballot measure campaigns earlier this year in violation of club policies. Opponents of Measure 97, the corporate sales tax, complained that supporters inappropriately used the list to lobby the club to endorse the measure, which it did.