In this era of “unprecedented” news, PJCE is embarking on a new chapter. A key component of our newly-released strategic plan is to set in place a robust leadership model carried out by both an Executive Director and revamped artistic leadership. Today, we announce a major step in the organization’s evolution as Douglas Detrick, Executive Director of eight years, will be stepping down and the organization begins a search for a new Executive Director. See the job opportunity announcement here.

We’re thankful that PJCE is ready for this transition after eight years of committed leadership from Douglas. We enter this transition in a secure financial position with commitments from key financial supporters. We are confident that our programming will continue growing in artistic achievement and community engagement with our next leader.

Once a candidate is in place, Douglas will support the new Executive Director‘s onboarding process through the end of the 21/22 fiscal year while serving as Interim Artistic Director, capitalizing on Douglas’s programming experience and connections in the jazz and nonprofit community. During this interim tenure, Douglas will also oversee a community input process that will shape the future of the organization’s artistic leadership, a future which the board envisions as increasingly inclusive, responsive, and reflective of the communities of Portland. The board is incredibly appreciative of Douglas’s considered approach to this process. 

Of the changes at the organization and for himself, Douglas shares: 

“I feel very lucky to have helped create so much incredible music, and to have had the support of so many as we found answers to difficult questions. As the Executive Director role evolved over time, my most important measure of success was eventually building the organization’s infrastructure to the point that it could not just survive a leadership transition, but actually grow and prosper through it. I’m confident that we are ready for this change. Even though I’ll eventually be moving on to new pursuits, I’ll be continuing to advocate for and support PJCE and all the audiences and artists that it serves. Thanks so much to everyone that has supported me and the organization over the last eight years! Please offer our new leader the same support that you’ve offered to me. I’ll be rooting for their success and the continued success of PJCE!”

As PJCE navigates this next stage for the organization, we are immensely grateful for not only the infrastructure Douglas has helped build but also for the vision he has brought to the organization, its programming, and its growth. Over the coming months we hope you will join us in wishing Douglas well in his next endeavors, and welcoming new faces into our PJCE family.  With the support of PJCE’s artists, community partners, sustainers, and staff, we are excited to offer even more opportunity, heart, and music to our community. 


Donna Cruz-Moreno & the PJCE Board of Directors