Beverly Area Planning Association Executive Director Matt Walsh | File photo
Updated: July 11, 2014 2:11AM
The Beverly Area Planning Association is looking for a new executive director now that Matt Walsh, who has held the job since November 2007, has decided to leave at the end of this month.
Walsh, 53, said he’s not leaving for a new or better job but has decided that it’s time to try something different.
“I’ll hang around until the end of July. I want to make sure the bike race goes off smoothly,” he said of the 12th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic set for July 24. “I’m moving on to something else. I don’t know what that is, but it’s time for me to make a change. It’s good for organizations like BAPA to get new energy and leadership.”
He said the timing felt right because BAPA recently finished some strategic planning initiatives and last year finished moving from the second floor to the first at its building at 111th Street and Longwood Drive.
A search committee will be in charge of finding his successor.
“I’m confident they’ll find someone who will do a great job,” Walsh said. “If someone goes into a job like this with an ego or worrying about themselves more than the mission, they’re making a mistake.”
He said he’s not sure what he will do next but is interested in staying in the non-profit world.
Some of the accomplishments at BAPA under Walsh’s tenure include bringing back an improved Snowflake Ball; improving the cycling classic to the point that world-class bicyclists compete; moving the popular home tour to the fall; and making the Ridge Run on Memorial Day a must-attend event for runners.
Walsh thanked BAPA’s board members and residents of the community for their hard work over the years.
BAPA was founded in 1947 as an alliance of civic and business groups dedicated to serving the Beverly and Morgan Park communities. It’s supported by membership donations from residents and businesses as well as grants.
Program areas include community safety, housing, historic preservation, school support and business development. The organization also publishes “The Villager,” a monthly newspaper.