Announcement from MoPOP

December 5, 2016

Patty Isacson Sabee will be stepping down as CEO + Director of the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) at the end of the year. After serving more than ten years with the organization, she has decided to pursue other opportunities. Isacson Sabee was named CEO in 2014; prior to that, she was appointed interim director for one year, and served as the museum's deputy director for six years. We are grateful for Patty's contributions to MoPOP. The museum is in a strong position as a result of Patty's commitment and leadership, with annual visitation upwards of 700,000. We are poised for continuing growth and deepening our connections within the community. We wish her success in her new endeavors and thank her for all her contributions to EMP/MoPOP over the past decade.

Chris McGowan, President and CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers and Vice President of the MoPOP Board of Directors, has assumed a leadership position at MoPOP and is working with the board and its chairman Paul Allen to finalize a transition plan. In addition to the Trail Blazers, McGowan also oversees operations for Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the surrounding Rose Quarter entertainment complex. He has worked globally in entertainment, sports, events, and brand building. Prior to joining the Trail Blazers in 2012, McGowan spent 16 years driving marketing, sales and brand initiatives for Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) championship franchises—Los Angeles Kings (National Hockey League) and LA Galaxy (Major League Soccer)—and major entertainment venues including STAPLES Center, Stub Hub Center, and Microsoft Theater. McGowan has also worked on numerous high-profile special events including The GRAMMYs, The Latin GRAMMYs, the Rose Bowl, various concerts, family shows, and the King Tut exhibit tour.

Friday, December 2, 2016: Letter from Patty Isacson Sabee