After four years as director of the Davis Downtown Business Association, Joy Cohan is resigning, effective July 1.
“This came following months of personal introspection about my life journey, what is meaningful to me and my family, and how I can best contribute to my community — all elements of what originally attracted me to my work at DDBA four years ago,” Cohan said in letter to DDBA members announcing her resignation.
Cohan said in an interview that she has appreciated the “autonomy and latitude” given to her in her role as director.
“I’ve enjoyed the people, working with the leadership and membership of the DDBA to try to marry their vision of the downtown with my own,” she said.
In her time as director, Cohan has overseen the implementation of several innovations, including downtown Davis gift cards and $30 on the 30th promotions, in which shoppers are encouraged to spend $30 or more and businesses offer special themed deals.
Cohan noted that the DDBA has helped to revitalize the Second Friday ArtAbout series, and also created the Picnic Day Community Covenant for responsible alcohol sales, which she said “made a dent in matters (and) may yet have more positive influence.”
Of these accomplishments, she said, “These are all things that I hope will have some longterm benefit and lasting impact on downtown Davis.”
As she looks back on her years as director, Cohan appreciates the support the DDBA has in the community.
“I’ve really enjoyed the collaborative partnerships we’ve been able to build with the Chamber of Commerce, the Yolo County Visitors Bureau, the university and the city,” she said. “I’ve really appreciated how welcoming those partners have been to me and to the DDBA.”
A press release said the DDBA board of directors would be initiating a search for a new director, with the goal of “making the transition period as smooth as possible so that the important work of the DDBA continues without interruption.”