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The CEO of Balboa Park Celebration Inc. will step down to take a position in the private sector, the nonprofit group announced Friday.

Balboa Park Celebration Inc. is organizing the 2015 Centennial Celebration in Balboa Park.

Julie Dubick, who was hired as CEO in May 2013, is joining Gafcon Inc., where she will work on special projects focused on public-private partnerships in Southern California. Gafcon is a construction, development and consulting services firm.

BPCI co-chair Ben Clay said Dubick will not be replaced immediately. Her duties will be taken up by a management committee consisting of co-chairs Ben Clay and Nikki Clay and board members Denice Carabet, Nancy Chase, Andy Fichthorn, Patti Roscoe and Stephen Russell.

Clay praised Dubick’s achievements and said the organization can now rally the community behind a dynamic celebration that showcases the best of the San Diego region.

“I don’t know where the Centennial Celebration would be today without Julie’s involvement,” Clay said. “The past nine months have been remarkable.”

Dubick, a lawyer and former chief of staff to Mayor Jerry Sanders, will continue to lend her expertise to BPCI by joining its board of directors.

In a letter to the board, Dubick said she is proud to have brought the organization closer to producing the world-class event San Diegans deserve.

“The programming is on track, fundraising is beginning to produce results, and a great team is in place and ready to go,” Dubick said. “As such, I have contributed what I came in to do, and it is a good time for me to follow my desire to transition to private industry.”

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