Steven Becker to assume post at VDA in August.

There will soon be a changing of the guard at Vancouver’s Downtown Association. Its Board President Linda Glover has announced that the VDA Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire Vancouverite Steve Becker to serve as the organization’s Executive Director.  Becker was introduced to a capacity crowd at VDA’s Open Quarterly Preview Meeting on Thursday morning.  He will begin his new duties August 7.

Steve Becker most recently was the Director of Outreach for Daybreak Youth Services.  Previously, he served as the Director of Communications for Coulee Medical Center, the Executive Director for Feeding Washington, and as Governor Gregoire’s Public Affairs and Community Involvement point person for Eastern Washington.

“I am very excited to pick up where others are leaving off.  Lee and VDA’s board of directors have set a quick pace and kindled the kind of visionary goals that I look forward to implementing, “ Becker commented.   Lee Rafferty has served as the Executive Director for nearly 8 years.  She will be stepping aside to lead other projects.

VDA is a 501©3 nonprofit that focuses on the promotion and vitality of Vancouver’s City Center.  It is based on the Federal Main Street template that harnesses the passion of local volunteers to the vision of local investors in the areas of design, promotion, economic vitality, and community building.  You can learn more about VDA at or by contacting the executive director at or by calling 360.258.1129.


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