Thursday November 15, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Jodi Joseph is stepping down as director of the Berkshire Creative Economy Council after six months in that position, according to board chairwoman Cathy Deely.

The 36-year-old Joseph, who started in early June, said she will remain with Berkshire Creative through its SPARKLE! event on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Masonic Temple on South Street.

"I want to make sure that it’s a successful event," she said.

Joseph will also be stepping down as a vice president of 1Berkshire, the countywide umbrella economic development organization that includes the Berkshire Creative Economy Council, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. By virtue of her position with Berkshire Creative, Joseph also held a vice president post with 1Berkshire.

Joseph said the job hadn’t worked out the way she had hoped it would.

"It just wasn’t a good fit, unfortunately," Joseph said.

"I really love and respect the mission of this organization. It was an extremely difficult decision. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t a good fit."

Deely said Joseph decided to leave Berkshire Creative for "personal reasons."

Berkshire Creative didn’t launch a search to replace Joseph’s predecessor, Helena Fruscio, until six months after Fruscio left to become the state’s creative economy director in September 2011.


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Deely said a timetable for hiring Joseph’s replacement hasn’t been established yet.

"We’re still operating with our programs and online resources and our ongoing commitment to 1Berkshire," Deely said. "We expect that there will be no disruption in our services to all our constituents in the creative economy."

Joseph, who grew up in Dalton and lives in Williamstown, came to Berkshire Creative from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams where she had been director of retail operations. A magna cum laude graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Joseph was one of five candidates -- all of them from the Berkshires -- who interviewed for the position.

Joseph said she plans to remain in the county.

"I’m not sure what’s next for me," she said. "I’m sure I’ll land on my feet."

Founded in 2007, Berkshire Creative’s mission is to stimulate new job growth and economic opportunity in the region by sparking innovative collaborations between artists, designers, cultural institutions and businesses. In April, Berkshire Creative moved into 1Berkshire’s offices in the historic fire station building on Allen Street.

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