OPRF Chamber executive director to resign

Cathy Yen has accepted position as director of operations for Chicago nonprofit

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By Bob Uphues

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark Editor

After five years of service to the Oak Park and River Forest business communities, Cathy Yen is resigning as executive director of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce, according to a press release issued by the chamber Friday afternoon.

Yen has accepted a position as director of operations for Beat the Streets, a Chicago nonprofit focused on developing youth through mentoring and sports activities. She begins her new job in early October.

"We are grateful for the five years of outstanding service she has provided in leading the organization to unprecedented levels of prominence and professionalism and thrilled for her and the opportunity she is pursuing," a press release sent to Wednesday Journal by  Chamber of Commerce board President Robert Stelletello stated. "Our enthusiasm is tempered with sadness that we will not be able to continue our work together to promote and support the success and development of our members in the local business community."

According to the press release, an announcement concerning the Chamber of Commerce's new executive director will be made shortly.

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Judith Alexander from Oak Park  

Posted: September 16th, 2018 10:34 AM

Cathy Yen is an amazing leader and an amazing person. She has been very generous in providing guidance in our efforts to revitalize The North Avenue District and excellent advice to me personally. I will miss working with her and wish her every success in her new position.

Monica Sheehan  

Posted: September 14th, 2018 4:58 PM

I echo Matt and Jeff's comments of praise and congratulate and wish Cathy the very best!

Jeff Schroeder from Oak Park  

Posted: September 14th, 2018 4:44 PM

Cathy has done a great job. Congratulations on your new opportunity.

Matt Baron  

Posted: September 14th, 2018 4:22 PM

BIG news--and now the chamber has big shoes to fill!! Cathy has had a profoundly positive impact on the organization. Part of her legacy, I believe, is that she has set it on a course that will continue the upward trajectory that she has been instrumental in creating. That has come in the form of professional development, more varied and accessible opportunities for networking, raising the profile of businesses in the community through initiatives such as the Spotlight Awards, advocating for businesses when it comes to legislation and a variety of other matters. She will undoubtedly be a huge asset for Beat the Streets, whose mission is so very important.

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