Pleasanton Downtown Association Board President Randall Brown confirmed to the Weekly on Wednesday that the association has "parted ways" with Bridget Karl, who has been leading the PDA as executive director since October.
Brown said that Karl's last day was Tuesday and former PDA executive director Laura Brooks agreed to come back to her old position on an interim basis effective Wednesday. Karl first started her job at the PDA on Oct. 24.
"We will begin the search for a new director in early June," Brown said.
This marks the second time in a row that a permanent executive director at the PDA has left the organization after serving just seven months on the job. The last time was when Zac Grant, Karl's predecessor, stepped down in late 2021 in order to pursue other career opportunities.
In December 2021, during that gap between when Grant left and Karl came on, Brooks also returned to her old position on an interim basis. Brooks, who led the association for 10 years until 2019, left the PDA to start her own consulting business and move to Alabama.
As to the reason why Karl parted ways with the association, Brown told the Weekly that employee matters are confidential and that "we will not comment further on our parting of ways."
Her departure comes just days after the PDA's first major events of May -- the opening First Weekend on Main of 2023 last Friday through Sunday and the annual Wine & Art Stroll on Saturday.