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Rachel Solotaroff, CEO of Central City Concern, Announces Departure in June, 2022 - 01/07/22

Search for new CEO already underway 

January 7, 2022, Portland, OR – Central City Concern (CCC) today announced the departure, after 16 years of service at CCC, of President and CEO Dr. Rachel Solotaroff, effective June 30, 2022. Dr. Solotaroff will continue as CEO during an Executive search period, which is already underway. 

“For the past 16 years, CCC has been my home in every sense of the word. It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve and learn here, and it's now time for me to return to my home in the state of Maine, with a focus on being a clinician” said Dr. Solotaroff. 

Isaac Dixon, CCC’s Board Chair, said, “Although we deeply regret Rachel’s departure, we have the utmost confidence in our senior leadership team, our staff, as well as the vision of our board to continue to deliver on our mission and the foundation we have built since 1979. We have a clear plan forward. Our community won’t see any disruption in our services and programming, which continue to evolve to meet our community’s needs.” 

The board will begin a search for a new CEO immediately. CCC does not expect to make any additional structural changes or executive leadership changes at this time. 

Among her many accomplishments during her time with CCC, Solotaroff oversaw the groundbreaking and opening of one of CCC’s largest ventures, the $55 million Blackburn Center which serves as a model of comprehensive solutions for ending homelessness. She oversaw development of 1100 new and refurbished units of supportive housing for veterans, people living with serious mental illness, and people in early recovery from substance use disorders. She elevated CCC’s Old Town Clinic (OTC) to become a nationally renowned Healthcare for the Homeless Clinic, securing recognition of OTC as a National Committee for Quality Assurance Tier 3 Patient Centered Medical Home; and achieving national recognition from the Robert Wood Johnson Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices (LEAP) project as one of 30 high-performing clinics in the United States. Dr. Solotaroff won numerous awards throughout her tenure at CCC. 

About CCC   

Located in Portland, Oregon, Central City Concern (CCC) provides a comprehensive continuum of affordable housing options integrated with direct social services including health care, recovery and employment. Founded in 1979, CCC has a staff of over 1,000 and an annual operating budget of $85 million. CCC serves more than 13,000 individuals annually. Up to 12,000 people across the tri-county region are affected by homelessness.