Cayla Lewis Resigns as Executive Director of the Plaza District Association

Plaza Now Accepting Applications for New Executive Director 

Cayla Lewis has served the Plaza District Association for a total of five years and was named the Executive Director in 2015.

Cayla Lewis has served the Plaza District Association for a total of five years and was named the Executive Director in 2015.

The Plaza District Association (PDA) announced today the departure of Cayla Lewis, PDA executive director, effective Jan. 28. Lewis is assisting the board in a smooth transition with ongoing projects and relationships and will serve on the hiring committee to identify her replacement. PDA program assistant, Natalie Evans, will remain on staff and the PDA anticipates the selection of an interim executive director in the next several days. 

Lewis explained that while it has been her honor to evolve with the Plaza, she has served in district management for the past five years and is ready for a new leadership challenge that will continue to serve her community and the state. Lewis will announce her new role and employer in early February. 

“As I grow professionally, I believe now is the perfect time for someone new to help the board of directors launch into the next phase, allowing Plaza stakeholders greater flexibility to serve the district’s unique needs,” said Lewis. 

Lewis has served the district a total of five years and was named executive director in 2015. During her tenure with the Plaza, Lewis executed the successful “Sponsored by YOU” annual crowd-sourcing fundraising model, created multiple new partnerships through “LIVE on the Plaza,” grew the annual Plaza District Festival’s attendance and financial success by 25%.

“While we, the PDA board of directors, are sad to see Cayla leave, we are proud of her and are grateful for the time she dedicated to the Plaza,” said Shelley Rowan, PDA board president. “As the district grows and changes, the Plaza District Association will not lose sight of what makes us special – the individuals who pour their lives into the small, local businesses within our bounds. Without them, this is just a numbered street on a map.”

This once blighted district has experienced nationally-recognized growth over the past decade. 

With almost 100% occupancy, the district faces new challenges the founding board members could only have hoped for. The PDA is in the process of expanding its scope to better support and advocate for the local businesses within its bounds, especially during a time when local retail is suffering across the nation.

The PDA board of directors has created a hiring committee to fill Lewis’s position and is currently accepting applications. For the executive director job description and how to apply, visit

About the Plaza District Association

The Plaza District Association is a 501(c)3 organization that works to develop the Plaza District as a vibrant commercial district where arts, local business and neighborhood community thrives. More information can be found online at

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