Amy Stork, executive director of TwispWorks, will leave that job on Sept. 1 and return to her previous work as a consultant for nonprofits and community organizations, Stork said last week.
“I am so proud to have been a part of all that has been accomplished here over the last six years, including my four years as executive director,” Stork said in a letter to the TwispWorks board of directors. “It has been a true privilege to walk with this community through the founding years of what I know without a doubt will continue to be one of the most exciting and successful rural economic development projects in the nation.”
TwispWorks transformed from a public development authority to a nonprofit foundation during Stork’s tenure. Ray Johnston, chairman of the TwispWorks board of directors, cited that effort and others accomplished during Stork’s tenure — including a successful fundraising campaign — in an email sent to “friends” of the organization.
Stork is also involved in the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group, Methow Valley Long Term Recovery, and the Twisp Chamber of Commerce.
Johnston said the board will appoint an interim director while the search for a new executive director gets underway.
The TwispWorks campus, on the site of the historic Twisp Ranger Station that was founded in 1929, is home to a total of 29 local businesses, artists, community services and educational programs.
The Twisp Public Development Authority was chartered by the Town of Twisp in 2008 to acquire and develop the property after the U.S. Forest Service put it up for sale.
In 2014, ownership of most of the campus transferred to the nonprofit TwispWorks Foundation.