The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that longtime executive director Jennifer Yankovich has decided to retire from the chamber effective immediately.
“There’s no perfect time for this kind of change, but now is the right time for me, particularly given the strength of the current board and staff members,” Yankovich said in a prepared statement. “It has truly been a privilege and an honor for me to serve this organization over the past 15-plus years.”
Yankovich, who has been less active with the chamber in recent weeks, acknowledged that she has had a “health scare” recently, but told the Index-Tribune Thursday, “I’m healing, there’s no bad prognosis, I’ll be fine.”
“The board is grateful to Jennifer and appreciates her dedication for all that she has done for the chamber and the Sonoma community,” said Neil Colwell, president of the chamber board of directors. “Her leadership and tenacity will be missed.”
Colwell will chair a search committee to find “an excellent hire” as a replacement for Yankovich. Other members of that committee include Vice President Casey Mazzoni, Treasurer Amanda Smith and Ben Shih.