The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) has hired a new interim Executive Director, Jeff Bray.
“I’m looking forward to supporting the great work the DVBA team is doing during this transition period,” says Jeff Bray. “We will work to continue providing the programs and services that support the vibrancy in downtown Victoria.”
Jeff Bray grew up in Vancouver, B.C. After graduating from UBC, Bray embarked on a 13-year career with the BC Government. In 2001, Bray was elected the MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. More recently, Bray was the Manager of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Shaw in BC. Bray is currently President of Capital Public Affairs Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. Bray is Vice-Chair of the Royal BC Museum Foundation, Vice-Chair of the Garth Homer Society, Vice-President of the Former MLA Association of BC, and is Vice-President of the North Quadra Community Association.
“The DVBA Board appreciates Mr. Bray’s willingness to step in as an interim executive director for the organization for the next few months,” says DVBA Board Chair Suzanne Bradbury. “Jeff’s knowledge of the DVBA, his respect for the membership, and his strong relationships with DVBA stakeholders make him well suited to steward the DVBA’s many exciting projects and initiatives through the first quarter of 2018.”
Bray will succeed Kerri Milton, who started with the DVBA in July 2016. Among Kerri’s accomplishments during her tenure with the DVBA are the rebranding of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, the completion of the Waddington Alley Lighting and Pop Up Art in the Square projects, launching Victoria’s first park and ride, and the start of the Shared Arts Space.
“The DVBA Board is grateful for the passion and energy that Kerri Milton brought to the role. Milton was instrumental in creating and managing many new initiatives that fulfilled the DVBA mandate of promoting the vitality and vibrancy of downtown Victoria and its business community. This included strengthening our ties with other downtown stakeholders, such as the City of Victoria, Tourism Victoria and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority,” says Bradbury.
Executive search firm Davies Park has begun the search for a new Executive Director under the pre-existing contract with the goal of having a new Executive Director in the position by the end of the first quarter of 2018. More information about the position can be found on the DVBA’s website at https://dvba.cldevs.org/dvba/job-postings/.