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At the Downtown Denver Partnership we believe that every day is your chance to make this city a better place.

Our team at the Downtown Denver Partnership is made up of passionate, qualified city builders who, in partnership with our Board of Directors and Members, are leading the charge to build an economically powerful center city.

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Executive Team & Executive Office

Tami Door, CEO Downtown Denver Partnership (303) 534-6161

Tami Door

President & CEO

Guided by a passion for city building and a commitment to the strategic and successful future of Downtown Denver, Tami Door leads the Downtown Denver Partnership as president and CEO and guides the organization’s implementation of its long-term strategy, the 2007 Downtown Area Plan, to build an economically healthy and vital center city. Instrumental in the creation of the 2007 Downtown Area Plan and several other key planning efforts, Door has a local, regional and national reputation for her keen ability to convene public, private and non-profit stakeholders to identify opportunities for the center city and achieve transformational results. Door is an internationally recognized citybuilder, serving as chair of the International Downtown Association. In 2019, she was honored as one of Denver’s Most Outstanding CEOs by the Denver Business Journal, a testament to her visionary leadership that spans Denver and beyond. Door joined the Partnership in 2005 after serving as executive vice president of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest regional chamber, and as vice president supermarket banking at First Chicago-NBD Bank N.A. Door has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Michigan University, an MBA from Wayne State University and has completed several leadership and strategic planning programs. She has also served as vice chair of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors, treasurer of the Urban Leadership Foundation, co-chair of the Denver Commission to End Homelessness, and is a Board member of VISIT Denver, the Denver Theatre District and a member of the Young President’s Organization. She has been recognized in the Denver Business Journal’s PowerBook and selected as the 9NEWS Leader of the Year.

Kate Barton (303) 571-8202

Kate Barton

Senior Vice President, Executive Office and Special Projects

Kate oversees the management of the Executive Office including marketing and communications and public policy for the Partnership. In addition, Kate manages the Partnership’s work to foster a culture of in entrepreneurship in Downtown Denver. She serves as the Executive Office liaison to board members and key stakeholders, manages the administrative functions of the President’s Office and oversees an array of organizational special projects and programs. Prior to the Partnership, Kate lived in New York City primarily working for Vibrant Media, a digital advertising technology company. Her roles ranged from marketing to strategic operations. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Denver. Kate is on the Golden Triangle Creative District Board of Directors and member of the Denver Startup Week Organizing Committee.

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Randy Thelen

Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Randy is responsible for guiding economic development and growing Denver’s thriving economic base including attracting investment to the center city, business recruitment and retention, housing, retail, and public policy initiatives. With a focus on recruiting and retaining employers; working with developers, financial entities, and government representatives in attracting and planning for new development; promoting the center city’s brand as an economic hub and home for innovation in the region; and directing efforts to attract housing development to downtown while increasing the diversity of housing options. Randy joins the Partnership from the Greater Omaha Chamber where he served as Senior Vice President of Economic Development. Beyond the Chamber, he is an experienced entrepreneur and economic developer with experience at the state, regional, and local level. In addition to serving as President of Lakeshore Advantage, he has played key roles in several urban development projects in Downtown Detroit. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Master of Art in Applied Economics.

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Jim Kirchheimer

Senior Vice President, Member Experience

Jim primarily focuses on member recruitment, engagement, and retention, as well as overseeing all member events. In addition, Jim manages the Downtown Denver Leadership Program and the Member Experience Committee. Jim was previously the Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development, and Director of Economic Development at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, preceded by 25 in retail management. Jim is a member of the LoDo District Board of Directors, served on the Southeast Transportation Advisory Board and is a member of, and has presented to, organizations such as the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute, the International Downtown Association, and the Rocky Mountain Shopping Center Association. Jim is a native of Chicago and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, with BS degrees in Marketing and Organizational Behavior.

Beth-Moyski (303) 571-8226

Beth Moyski

Vice President, Special Districts

Beth oversees the administration and management of the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), is the Executive Director of the 14th Street General Improvement District (GID), and works closely with other special districts in and around the Denver City Center. Most recently, Beth was honored with recognition as a 2017 Emerging Leader Fellow from the International Downtown Association. Previously, Beth was the Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Superior, Colorado, responsible for policy, planning and development, economic development, safety and municipal court, budget development and coordination, public relations, green initiatives, and special projects. In addition to experience in local government, including the City of Greenwood Village, Beth has worked in the Colorado State Capital for a State Senate majority leader. Beth currently serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Board for The Platte Forum and is a past member the Starlight Children’s Foundation Executive Board, the Denver Art Museum Volunteer Executive Board, and the Wynkoop Residences Board. Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with focus on Judicial Administration from Colorado State University; and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on local government from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Sharon Alton

Vice President, Downtown Experience

Sharon directs strategic development and implementation of the Partnership’s public events the ensure they contribute to the vitality and positive activation of Downtown Denver. She is responsible for creative program management and development, fundraising, sponsorship development, operations management, and the development of strategic corporate and community relationships. Sharon oversees the production of A Taste of Colorado, Parade of Lights, Grand Illumination, the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and the activation of Skyline Park, Wynkoop Plaza, and the 16th Street Mall. Prior to her role at the Partnership, Sharon served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council Colorado where she was responsible for leading the organization’s mission, increasing membership, hosting large conferences, and reporting to the Board of Directors. Capitalizing on her background in investment banking, project management, and Graduate course studies in Economics, Sharon was the successful founder and owner of GAIA Consulting Group from 2009-2013. In July 2014, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award and in December 2014, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. From 2013-2015, Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the Denver 2030 District. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Missouri where she played on the inaugural NCAA women’s soccer team.

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Charlene Laus

Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting

Charlene’s primary focus is keeping the Downtown Denver Partnership and its six affiliates running smoothly. Charlene is a member of the Executive Management Team and is responsible for all financial, human resource, and information technology matters of the Partnership. She works closely with the Executive Management Team and the Board of Directors to develop and implement financial and administrative strategies across the organization. Charlene is a consistently top-performing financial, operations, and administrative executive with extensive experience directing all aspects of finance, accounting, treasury, and other administrative functions. Her experience in integrating technology, people, and processes has proven successful many times and she believes in the use of technology to streamline operations, gain efficiencies and increase productivity. Prior to joining the Partnership, Charlene served as the Chief Financial Officer for the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder, Colorado, and as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Charlene also served as the Director of Finance and Information Technology for the City of Louisville, and as the Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Greenwood Village, both suburbs in the Denver-Boulder metro area. Charlene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.

Britt Diehl (303) 571-8205

Britt Diehl

Manager, Executive Office & Special Projects

As Manager of the Executive Office and Special Projects, Britt oversees strategic initiatives and communications that drive the Partnership's mission to build a vibrant city. Britt manages media relations and directs communication to and from the Executive Management Team. Britt manages the Partnership's public policy and advocacy work and is program lead for CityLive, the Partnership's resident engagement platform. Before joining the Downtown Denver Partnership, Britt spent four years as the Promotion and Social Media Manager at the Downtown Frederick Partnership in Frederick, Maryland where she led marketing and communications efforts and planned community events. While at the Downtown Frederick Partnership, Britt was named Social Media Professional of the Year by the Greater Frederick Chapter of the American Advertising Federation and a 2016 “Person to Watch” by Frederick Magazine. Britt is a 2012 graduate of Hood College, where she studied Business Management and Economics.

Vanessa-Licciardello (303) 571-8229

Vanessa Licciardello

Executive Assistant

Vanessa manages administrative duties for the President and the Executive Office to ensure the Downtown Denver Partnership is operating with utmost efficiency. She also assists with special projects for the Partnership. Prior to joining the team, Vanessa held several roles at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa as Recruiting Manager, Executive Assistant, Hotel Coordinator and more. Her career thus far has been in Hotel Management and she has her Bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Economic Development

Randy-Thelen (303) 825-6791

Randy Thelen

Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Randy is responsible for guiding economic development and growing Denver’s thriving economic base including attracting investment to the center city, business recruitment and retention, housing, retail, and public policy initiatives. With a focus on recruiting and retaining employers; working with developers, financial entities, and government representatives in attracting and planning for new development; promoting the center city’s brand as an economic hub and home for innovation in the region; and directing efforts to attract housing development to downtown while increasing the diversity of housing options. Randy joins the Partnership from the Greater Omaha Chamber where he served as Senior Vice President of Economic Development. Beyond the Chamber, he is an experienced entrepreneur and economic developer with experience at the state, regional, and local level. In addition to serving as President of Lakeshore Advantage, he has played key roles in several urban development projects in Downtown Detroit. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Master of Art in Applied Economics.

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Emily Brett

Senior Manager, Economic Development

Emily is responsible for coordinating activities within the Partnership’s research department, including the collection, management, and analysis of data concerning Downtown Denver, serving as lead author of the Partnership’s major reports, such as the State of Downtown Denver, Downtown Denver Commuter Survey, and other timely reports, as well as acting as the primary point of contact for external requests for information about Downtown Denver. Emily grew up in Boulder and left Colorado to attend Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, returning to the Colorado sunshine shortly after graduation.

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Emily Tucker

Senior Manager, Economic Development

Emily plays an integral role in the Partnership’s place-based approach to economic development with an emphasis on office, technology, retail, and housing. Her project management, strategic planning, business development, and business retention work supports the Partnership in achieving the ambitious goal of creating an economically vibrant city center. Emily joined the Partnership from New York City, where she spent 5 years working on both the public and private sides of large-scale, mixed-use development projects. At the New York City Economic Development Corporation, she provided project management and analysis for sales and leases of city property that maximized the return to the city while promoting broader economic development goals.  Most recently, she served as a Development Manager with Forest City New York, focusing on The Tata Innovation Center, a 230,000 SF creative office building built as part of the new Cornell Tech campus on New York’s Roosevelt Island. Emily has a Master's in Urban Planning Degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a BA in International Economics and Business from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Adam Perkins

Senior Manager, Urban Planning

Adam focuses on place-based economic development through improving the public realm. He manages all planning efforts for the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, the public realm and outdoor spaces, core neighborhoods, and the downtown area. Prior to joining the Partnership, Adam worked for the City of Denver where he coordinated private and public infrastructure and design projects in the public right-of-way. Adam was selected by the American Planning Association (APA) to serve on the first international Community Planning Assistance Team to Belize City, Belize to bring his expertise in pop-up demonstrations, business improvement districts, and community development to the Yarborough neighborhood planning process. Other international experience includes district branding and community development in Bitez, Turkey. Adam is a co-founder of Local Innovations, a community development firm that provided services to struggling communities in Colorado to help them overcome imminent challenges. He was also the chair of APA’s National Housing and Community Development Division and is currently serving on the committee to write APA’s first-ever policy guide on planning for equity. Adam received his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver and his Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Environmental Science from Colorado College.

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Andrew Iltis

Senior Manager, Transportation and Mobility

Andrew is focused on creating a downtown where people can easily move to and through the city safely and equitably, supporting a strong economy and active public spaces. Through the Partnership, Andrew has a managing role on Denver Moves: Downtown, a plan that will re-envision Downtown Denver’s transportation system to increase mobility, placemaking, and economic development within the downtown core. Andrew oversees several other Denver initiatives related to pedestrian wayfinding, shared active transportation, Transportation Demand Management, and smart city technology. Prior to the Partnership, Andrew worked in the private sector, consulting cities and states on active transportation and transit projects. In 2017, Andrew was invited to London to participate in the Atkins Technology Fellows Forum, an established think tank of international intelligent mobility leaders working on issues related to Mobility as a Service (MaaS), vehicle electrification, and connected and autonomous vehicles. Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Geographic Information Science, and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Colorado Denver. Andrew sits on the Board of Directors for BikeDenver, a local not-for-profit bicycle advocacy group.

Member Experience

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Jim Kirchheimer

Senior Vice President, Member Experience

Jim primarily focuses on member recruitment, engagement, and retention, as well as overseeing all member events. In addition, Jim manages the Downtown Denver Leadership Program and the Member Experience Committee. Jim was previously the Partnership’s Senior Vice President of Economic Development, and Director of Economic Development at the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, preceded by 25 in retail management. Jim is a member of the LoDo District Board of Directors, served on the Southeast Transportation Advisory Board and is a member of, and has presented to, organizations such as the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Urban Land Institute, the International Downtown Association, and the Rocky Mountain Shopping Center Association. Jim is a native of Chicago and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, with BS degrees in Marketing and Organizational Behavior.

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Aylene McCallum

Senior Director, Civic Leadership Programs

Aylene is responsible for leading the strategic implementation of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s civic leadership programs. By developing and executing a strategic framework that aligns the mission and goals of the Urban Exploration trip, Downtown Denver Leadership Program, and Rocky Mountain City Summit, Aylene aims to build a generation of city-building leaders and cultivate the conversation about Downtown Denver’s future. Aylene McCallum has over 14 years of city-building experience, largely focused in the area of transportation and mobility and was also responsible for creating and implementing the Partnership’s highly successful Urban Exploration program, a best practices trip that brings together the public and private sectors in visits to downtowns across the world. Aylene received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Communications from the University of Denver.

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Adina Johnson Dinneen

Senior Manager, Member Experience

Adina manages all aspects of the Partnership’s member events, including the Annual Meeting, the Awards Dinner and monthly Member Forums. In addition, Adina is responsible for coordinating a consistently excellent member experience across the organization. Previously, Adina was the Assistant Director of Events for the University of Washington where she worked closely within University Marketing and Communications and Advancement teams and the Office of the President. Adina hails from the state of Washington and studied at Montana State University before finishing her undergraduate degree with a double major in Public Relations and Business at Central Washington University. Her 13-year career producing large-scale experiences has included many highlights in sports, music, art and culture. Career highlights include aiding in the production of ESPN College GameDay in 2014 and 2016 at the University of Washington; working on the production staff for Lifetime Achievement celebrations for Quincy Jones (NAAM), Crosby Stills and Nash, and Carlos Santana (EMP Founders Award); as well as producing many of Seattle’s most iconic and historic events.

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Nicole Dorsey

Manager, Corporate Engagement

Nicole is responsible for sponsorship development, recruitment and fulfillment; developing and implementing member engagement opportunities; managing the Member Experience Committee and Lunch and Learn meetings; and membership sales. Nicole has over ten years of progressive corporate fundraising experience with a track record of success, realizing over $2.8M in gifts for employers. Nicole has an extensive background in the performing arts, including training as a professional ballet dancer with the Colorado Ballet. After completing her graduate work with a degree of Business Management in Arts Administration from Boston University, she worked at the Cincinnati Ballet ($7M operating budget) successfully managing numerous fundraising campaigns, before moving on to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra ($40M operating budget) as the Director of Sponsor & Corporate Relations.

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Kate Richards

Manager, Membership Sales

Kate is responsible for all Downtown Denver Partnership member lead generation, referrals and recruitment, as well as managing the quarterly Lunch and Learns for new and prospective members. Kate is also actively involved with member engagement and events, the creation and production of Member Experience collateral material and website design. Kate has worked in membership sales for both corporate companies and non-profit organizations for over seven years. Most recently, she worked at the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce as their Membership Director overseeing all aspects of the department including recruitment, retention, and renewals. Kate implemented a tiered dues membership model within the Chamber to raise membership revenue by $50,000 in just one year. She is also a graduate of the Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy training program.

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Brooke LaPlaca

Manager, Civic Leadership Programs

Brooke manages the CityBuild program and supports the Downtown Denver Leadership Program. She is passionate about collaboration and excited to bring together energetic individuals that are eager to work on big ideas. Prior to working on programs, Brooke was responsible for The Partnership’s retention and renewal efforts. In this role, she implemented processes that helped improve efficiencies. Before joining The Partnership, Brooke served as the Program and Events Manager at the Mason Deerfield Chamber. When she isn’t doing touristy activities, Brooke enjoys eating locally, reading, serving as a CASA, and volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Downtown Environment

Beth-Moyski (303) 571-8226

Beth Moyski

Vice President, Special Districts

Beth oversees the administration and management of the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District (BID), is the Executive Director of the 14th Street General Improvement District (GID), and works closely with other special districts in and around the Denver City Center. Most recently, Beth was honored with recognition as a 2017 Emerging Leader Fellow from the International Downtown Association. Previously, Beth was the Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Superior, Colorado, responsible for policy, planning and development, economic development, safety and municipal court, budget development and coordination, public relations, green initiatives, and special projects. In addition to experience in local government, including the City of Greenwood Village, Beth has worked in the Colorado State Capital for a State Senate majority leader. Beth currently serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Board for The Platte Forum and is a past member the Starlight Children’s Foundation Executive Board, the Denver Art Museum Volunteer Executive Board, and the Wynkoop Residences Board. Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with focus on Judicial Administration from Colorado State University; and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on local government from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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Vince Martinez

Senior Manager, Downtown Operations, AICP

Vince oversees the work of our Service Coordinators and Quality Control Inspector. Additionally, Vince manages the Business Improvement District’s highest-profile contractor, The BID Clean Team, in their efforts to showcase downtown’s clean and safe image. His outreach efforts with BID stakeholders help to identify areas in need of special assistance and encourage stakeholders to take ownership of downtown and ensure a safe, clean and vibrant environment. Vince can often be found on the 16th Street Mall and throughout downtown talking with stakeholders, Clean Team members and Mall regulars alike to better understand the daily ins and outs of the BID. Vince has been a leader of several downtown and commercial district revitalization groups in Colorado and Texas. Vince started his career in downtown development in Houston, Texas as the Assistant Director of the Downtown Historic District, an Urban District of the Texas Main Street Program. From Houston, Vince moved back to his home town of San Antonio, Texas to become Executive Director of the Southtown Main Street Alliance. Eventually moving to Denver, Vince has served as Executive Director of Downtown Colorado, Inc. and has consulted on a private basis with several non-profits and communities along Colorado’s Front Range. He has served on community and professional boards including the Boards of the Texas Downtown Association and the TIRZ Zone #1 in San Antonio. Vince earned his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver and has a BA in History from Texas State University.

Ryan-Butcher (303) 571-8236

Ryan Butcher

Service Coordinator, Downtown Activation

As the Quality Control Inspector, Ryan serves as the primary inspector on the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District’s Operations team. As well as performing daily inspections on the Mall, in important enterprise districts and throughout the 120-block BID of our cleaning and maintenance crews, he ensures that vendors, sidewalk cafes and construction crews are all in compliance with permits and regulations. Ryan is a Colorado-native and enjoys the opportunity to work closely with Mall and Downtown stakeholders in making Downtown Denver a premier destination. Born in Colorado Springs, he attended the University of Colorado where he got his B.A. in Classical Antiquities, with an emphasis in Roman history and Latin literature. He moved to Denver, where he attended Metropolitan State to study Economics, earning a life-time membership in the International Golden Key Honors Society.

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Amanda Miller

Service Coordinator, Downtown Environment

Amanda is passionate about creating a sustainable, green center city where the city, residents, and nature can coexist. Amanda oversees the Tree Health Program in which she works to manage downtown’s existing tree canopy as well as support efforts to grow the Business Improvement District’s overall tree canopy from 4% land area to 10%. She also collects, manages, and analyzes data regarding downtown amenities, visitor trends, and upcoming projects. She is always available to lend support to BID property owners. Born and raised in New York, Amanda attended the State University of New York at Oneonta where she got a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.S. in Geography, with a focus on Geographic Information System. She obtained her Master’s of Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Monitoring and Modelling. Prior to joining the Partnership, Amanda worked for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection as a Forester on its Green Infrastructure Unit. In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, camping, and knitting.

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Steve Shireman

Senior Manager, Downtown Security

Steve ensures Downtown Denver residents, workers, and visitors are safe by implementing innovative practices and collaborating with the private security team and city agencies. He has played a crucial role in building the security team and propelling the Security Action Plan forward during his three years as Account Manager with Allied Security. Prior to this, Steve was a Program Security Manager and Industrial Security Representative at Ball Aerospace. Steve also served as Information System Security Manager and Deputy Facility Security Manager with JT3, a contract security company for the military. Steve has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Pamela Sellden

Senior Specialist, Downtown Environment

Pamela oversees the installation and scheduling of the banner, poster case, and flyer programs as well as the holiday lights programs on the 16th Street Mall (including Skyline Park), California, Curtis, Larimer, and 14th Street. She manages the permitting and regulation of the horse carriage program; the permitting and regulation of 16th Street Mall sidewalk cafes and the vending program; and the permitting process for special events on the 16th Street Mall. Pamela provides support for the entire Downtown Environment team. Pamela graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with degrees in Psychology and Alternative Institutions. In addition to over 8 years working as a counselor, Pam has experience working for an international oil and gas exploration company and for a variety of financial groups and businesses. She also has experience with Theatres and Arenas helping to market and facilitate more than 1,000 successful events at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Denver Coliseum, the former McNichols Sports Arena and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Pamela has been active with many crisis intervention and emergency response groups and is currently a member of Outdoor Mindset and with the Sakura Foundation.

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Sabina Valencia

Program Coordinator, Downtown Operations

Sabina serves as the eyes and ears of the Partnership and Business Improvement District on the street, enforcing regulations and working with property owners, outreach workers and ambassadors to ensure Downtown is safe, clean and vibrant. Prior to joining the Downtown Environment team, Sabina worked as the Office Coordinator for the Partnership for over a year. Sabina worked at her alma mater, The Chicago High School for the Arts, as the Admission Coordinator before moving to Colorado in 2018. Upon moving to Colorado, she worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and continues to expand her love of nature in the great state of Colorado. Sabina is getting more involved in Denver, particularly through her love of making and appreciating the arts in every form.

The Commons on Champa

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Randy Thelen

Senior Vice President, Economic Development

Randy is responsible for guiding economic development and growing Denver’s thriving economic base including attracting investment to the center city, business recruitment and retention, housing, retail, and public policy initiatives. With a focus on recruiting and retaining employers; working with developers, financial entities, and government representatives in attracting and planning for new development; promoting the center city’s brand as an economic hub and home for innovation in the region; and directing efforts to attract housing development to downtown while increasing the diversity of housing options. Randy joins the Partnership from the Greater Omaha Chamber where he served as Senior Vice President of Economic Development. Beyond the Chamber, he is an experienced entrepreneur and economic developer with experience at the state, regional, and local level. In addition to serving as President of Lakeshore Advantage, he has played key roles in several urban development projects in Downtown Detroit. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Master of Art in Applied Economics.

Kalen Acquisto

Manager, The Commons on Champa

Kalen manages The Commons on Champa as an asset of our diverse entrepreneurship community. She serves as the point of contact for The Commons and creates strategies to advance its mission to inspire and accelerate entrepreneurship. Kalen oversees The Commons strategy, operations, entrepreneurial programming, room and event rental process, membership and volunteer programming, and manages the building, its operations, rentals, and leases. Although Kalen is originally a Denver native, she joined our team from far abroad. Kalen spent the last few years working at Garage Project— the fastest growing business in New Zealand, according to Deloitte’s Top 50. Kalen’s role at Garage Project involved many of the responsibilities she has at The Commons including management of shared workspace, event coordination, project management, and site coordination. Our dog-loving crowd might find it most interesting that Kalen played a crucial role in creating and managing a dog treat startup that turns the mash, a byproduct of the Garage Project brewing process, into ‘Mashbone’—a pet and planet friendly treat. Prior to her time in New Zealand, Kalen was Program Director for El Pomar Foundation, a two-year post-graduate leadership development program. At El Pomar, Kalen was involved in grantmaking, event management, leadership curriculum development and trainings, and program development. In addition to her experience in non-profit foundation, business, and start-up organizations, Kalen is an entrepreneur herself, as a talented photographer and world traveler who spends most weekends adventuring in the outdoors with her camera! To learn more about The Commons on Champa, please visit www.thecommons.co.

Lacey Hyde

Assistant, Innovation Programs

Lacey is responsible for coordinating the entrepreneurial journey programs at The Commons on Champa, which aims to provide resources and guidance to Denver's ecosystem of entrepreneurs. In this role, she recruits and convenes mentors and startups to ensure that anybody who wants to start a business has the resources and opportunity to do so. Prior to The Commons, Lacey served as the Denver Startup Week Apprentice where she coordinated the venue selection process, created an accessibility plan for an event with over 20,000 people, and assisted in coordinating the Ambassador Program. Before working on DSW, she was an intern at the National Renewable Energy Lab where she worked in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center to connect cleantech startups to the investment community. Lacey is a recent MSU Denver graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Partnerships and is passionate about connecting and growing Denver’s entrepreneurial community. To learn more about The Commons on Champa, please visit www.thecommons.co.

Marketing & Communications

Kate Barton (303) 571-8202

Kate Barton

Senior Vice President, Executive Office and Special Projects

Kate oversees the management of the Executive Office including marketing and communications and public policy for the Partnership. In addition, Kate manages the Partnership’s work to foster a culture of in entrepreneurship in Downtown Denver. She serves as the Executive Office liaison to board members and key stakeholders, manages the administrative functions of the President’s Office and oversees an array of organizational special projects and programs. Prior to the Partnership, Kate lived in New York City primarily working for Vibrant Media, a digital advertising technology company. Her roles ranged from marketing to strategic operations. Kate has a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Denver. Kate is on the Golden Triangle Creative District Board of Directors and member of the Denver Startup Week Organizing Committee.

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Josh Schneider

Director, Marketing and Communications

Josh leads the Marketing and Communications team at the Downtown Denver Partnership. Orchestrating comprehensive marketing strategy, communications, and creative storytelling in an effort to amplify the Partnership’s programs, initiatives, and brand of visionary citybuilders. Prior to joining the Partnership, Josh was an Associate Creative Director and Lead Strategist for a local marketing agency. His expertise derived from over ten years of working with some of the brightest marketing minds in the industry while helping brands grow and maintain their consumer’s attention with integrated omnichannel campaigns, strategic innovation, and disruptive creative execution.

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Cristina Gonzales

Specialist, Marketing & Communications

Cristina oversees the Partnership's digital marketing presence, including social media, website, and email, in addition to managing content and collateral production. Cristina started her career as an Account Executive at a digital marketing agency where she managed website, social media, and branding clients. Prior to joining the Partnership, Cristina worked as a Marketing Specialist in both the financial services and retail industries, where she focused on creative storytelling and cross-channel strategy. Cristina received both her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication and her Master of Business Administration in Marketing Management from the University of New Mexico.

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Angel Burciaga

Design Specialist

Angel specializes in creating the visual identity for the Partnership by conceptualizing and designing all print, digital, and multimedia collateral. He previously worked as a Graphic Designer in both higher education and an advertising agency. In these positions, Angel created multiple websites, videos, and various other print and digital marketing materials. A self-taught designer, Angel has worked with a variety of clients in the B2B, B2C and nonprofit sectors, in both freelance and full-time capacities. Angel is bilingual English and Spanish.

Downtown Experience

Sharon-Alton (303) 571-8224

Sharon Alton

Vice President, Downtown Experience

Sharon directs strategic development and implementation of the Partnership’s public events the ensure they contribute to the vitality and positive activation of Downtown Denver. She is responsible for creative program management and development, fundraising, sponsorship development, operations management, and the development of strategic corporate and community relationships. Sharon oversees the production of A Taste of Colorado, Parade of Lights, Grand Illumination, the New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and the activation of Skyline Park, Wynkoop Plaza, and the 16th Street Mall. Prior to her role at the Partnership, Sharon served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council Colorado where she was responsible for leading the organization’s mission, increasing membership, hosting large conferences, and reporting to the Board of Directors. Capitalizing on her background in investment banking, project management, and Graduate course studies in Economics, Sharon was the successful founder and owner of GAIA Consulting Group from 2009-2013. In July 2014, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award and in December 2014, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. From 2013-2015, Sharon served on the Board of Directors of the Denver 2030 District. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Missouri where she played on the inaugural NCAA women’s soccer team.

(303) 571-8214

Jacqueline Tattersall

Manager, Public Events

Jacqueline manages the production of A Taste of Colorado, Parade of Lights, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and the activation of Skyline Park. Jackie began her career in the events industry with the renowned casino and resort: Mohegan Sun. Here, she handled Destination Services for convention groups, working with organizations such as Ernst & Young and Make-a-Wish Foundation before continuing her career as the Public Events Planner. During this time, Jackie planned and executed over 35 events per year, ranging from a 4-day wine and food festival to celebrity golf tournaments. Jackie relocated to Denver in 2018 where she joined the Colorado Convention Center as an Event Manager prior to joining the Partnership. Jackie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports, Entertainment, Event Management, and a Master of Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.  

Finance & Administration

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Charlene Laus

Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting

Charlene’s primary focus is keeping the Downtown Denver Partnership and its six affiliates running smoothly. Charlene is a member of the Executive Management Team and is responsible for all financial, human resource, and information technology matters of the Partnership. She works closely with the Executive Management Team and the Board of Directors to develop and implement financial and administrative strategies across the organization. Charlene is a consistently top-performing financial, operations, and administrative executive with extensive experience directing all aspects of finance, accounting, treasury, and other administrative functions. Her experience in integrating technology, people, and processes has proven successful many times and she believes in the use of technology to streamline operations, gain efficiencies and increase productivity. Prior to joining the Partnership, Charlene served as the Chief Financial Officer for the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder, Colorado, and as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Charlene also served as the Director of Finance and Information Technology for the City of Louisville, and as the Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Greenwood Village, both suburbs in the Denver-Boulder metro area. Charlene holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.

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Ariany Young

Controller

Ariany plays a key role in the Accounting department by working with other departments to improve financial reporting, identify process improvements, and assisting in the development and monitoring of the Partnership’s accounting and financial policies. She works closely with the auditors and is responsible for the preparation of audit schedules for all of the Partnership’s related entities. Ariany also works closely with departments in the preparation of budgets and projections throughout the year. Prior to her start at the Partnership, Ariany worked locally as an international accounting analyst at a telecom company, accountant at a small business in special education, and as an accountant to a top design firm. Her non-profit experience comes from her time as the general accountant at a local organization, which promotes the export of U.S. meat to the international market. Prior to moving to Denver, Ariany worked at a mid-size banking institution, where she acquired an extensive amount of experience with customer service and banking relations. Ariany attended Florida Atlantic University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is a native of Brazil, and fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

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Hayden Plemmons

Developer of People and Culture

Hayden aims to incorporate a “Human Workplace” into the way the Partnership does business. She manages team member relations and benefits and coordinates the Partnership’s talent acquisition, team building, and cultivation of company culture. Before joining the Downtown Denver Partnership, Hayden worked at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Denver’s luxury landmark hotel, where she was Assistant Director of Human Resources prior to becoming Director of Talent Acquisition. Hayden moved to Denver after getting her start on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where she served as Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources Generalist, then Recruiting Manager for The Sea Pines Resort. Hayden is passionate about incorporating a ‘Human Workplace’ approach into the way businesses are run. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and serves as a Vice President of Denver Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma Executive Board. Hayden is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, with a degree in Recreation-Tourism Management and Community Leisure Services.

303-571-8618

Pauline Chappell

Accounting Clerk