Tysons Partnership president and CEO David Diaz has stepped down after nearly seven months in the position, partnership officials announced Oct. 16.
Sol Glasner, a founding member of the partnership who served as its board chairman from 2012 to 2014, that same day was appointed acting president and CEO, the organization’s media release read. Glasner also is the former general counsel of The MITRE Corp.
Glasner did not immediately return the Sun Gazette’s request seeking comments about his plans for the organization what Diaz had accomplished during his brief tenure.
Diaz could not be reached for comment. Partnership officials did not state why Diaz, who had taken the helm March 27, had departed, stating only that he had “left the organization to pursue other opportunities.”
Diaz previously had been president and CEO of Downtown Raleigh Alliance in North Carolina and before that had served as executive director of Downtown Roanoke Inc., following his work as a planner for that city.
A retired U.S. Army captain, Diaz served six years on active duty and earned the Bronze Star in 2006 for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Diaz struck a positive chord about his plans for the Tysons Partnership during a mid-July interview with the Sun Gazette.
He spoke of the need to give Tysons a sense of place, market the rapidly growing urban area better, improve its transportation options and work with Fairfax County officials to modernize the zoning code.
Diaz predicted Tysons’ housing would become more diversified in coming years and cited the plaza at Tysons Corner Center, the planned performing-arts center on the Capital One campus and the new Boro development as harbingers of good things to come.
“The pattern I’ve seen is that there’s a sense that something special is going to happen here,” he said. “There’s an enthusiasm that’s contagious.”