Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce executive director Sierra Hansen announced Halloween as her last day on the job, with plans to continue managing the Broadway Business Improvement Area for the next few months under contract.

Hansen took over the position from Michael Wells in November 2015, as wells moved on to a position in Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. She has lived in Seattle for 23 years.

Mel Burchett, director of external relations, will be leading the chamber’s day to day activities.

“My role at the moment is unchanged,” Burchett said. “I’m working more hours, my title’s unchanged, I’m picking up more office responsibilities.”

Hansen’s exit is taking place as efforts are ramping up for an expanded business improvement area beyond the Broadway corridor, including to Denny/Olive, Melrose, Pike/Pine, Miller and 12th, 15th and 19th avenues.

“It was a hard decision to make,” Hansen told CHT, “but ultimately the chamber needs to move forward with the BIA stuff that makes sense to them. They have a really big task ahead of them” and need to find someone with those skill sets. The chamber is currently seeking a campaign manager for the BIA expansion, which Hansen announced would be the big push in 2017 during the last State of the Hill address back in February.

Hansen said she is remaining under contract to manage the BIA, which the chamber has been managing since 2008.

Under a Capitol Hill BIA, the funding model would shift from due paid based on sales revenue to one based on a property assessment formula. It will take the approval of 60 percent of property owners in the proposed area to start.

The chamber just finished hosting another Hilloween event for Capitol Hill families over the weekend, and there are a number of holiday promotions the BIA is planning along Broadway later this year, including lighting 70 trees up and down the street and a business promotion similar to Shop the Hill.

“I will be shifting into a sponsorship role,” Hansen said, “because the BIA is a primary sponsor of that event.”

“I am looking forward to collaborating with her in her new role,” Burchett said.

Hansen said she is exploring her next career path. She had been running her own consulting business before taking the executive director position. Prior to that she was vice president of public affairs at the Fearey Group for two years and spent a year before that as a legislative assistant for the city of Seattle.