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President & CEO
Tami joined the Downtown Denver Partnership in 2005 as President & CEO after serving as Executive Vice President of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest regional chamber, and as Vice President of a five-state division of NBD-First Chicago. She is the Co-founder of Denver Startup Week and The Commons on Champa. Tami is a recognized leader for her innovative approach to convening, collaborating and innovating to build a strong city. She is also the Chairman of the International Downtown Association.
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.
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Allison manages the Marketing and Communications team and efforts at the Partnership. She is passionate about sharing the story of how and why the Partnership, its staff and its members are building a better center city. Allison joins our team from Stantec, a global design firm, where she supported all digital communications efforts. She is a member of the Business Marketing Association of Colorado. Allison started her career as an English teacher at Denver’s North High School. Although being a Chicago native, after graduating with a degree in Journalism, Mass Communications and Communications Studies from University of Iowa, she could not resist the beauty and lifestyle that Denver has to offer. In their free time, Allison and her husband explore Colorado with their two kids.
Senior Specialist, Marketing and Communications
Britt supports the Marketing and Communications team and the work of the Partnership by leading strategic communications and public relations. She also manages the executive voice of the President & CEO and communications surrounding the Partnership’s public policy work. Britt is the program manager of 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 was also the recipient of a Touching Lives Award from the Frederick Nonprofit Alliance. Britt is a 2012 graduate of Hood College, where she studied Business Management and Economics.
Coordinator, Marketing and Communications
Rachel primarily supports the marketing and communications efforts for the Partnership's Downtown Environment team, Downtown Experience team, and Denver Startup Week by utilizing her creativity and design capabilities to highlight the elements that make Downtown Denver vibrant. Her attention to detail is crucial in the development of the Partnership's reports, collateral, and event marketing, as well as in executing communications plans. Rachel is also a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver pursuing her Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Her areas of interest are mobility, sustainability, placemaking, and engaging the community in planning processes. She unites her experience in marketing with her interest in urban planning by supporting the Mobility Council, Public Realm Council, and other planning projects by communicating pertinent information to Downtown Denver.
Manager, Denver Startup Week & Innovation Programs
Rye manages Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event in North America, and Innovation Programs at the Downtown Denver Partnership. In this role, Rye oversees the Partnership’s efforts to make Denver Startup Week a cornerstone of entrepreneurial energy, innovation, and connection and to ensure that anyone who wants to start or grow a business can succeed in Downtown Denver. Prior to joining the Partnership, Rye was a member of The Nature Conservancy’s Corporate Practices team where he led the organization’s Global Business Council and worked with Fortune 500 companies to integrate the value of nature and ecosystem service considerations into critical business decision making. Rye is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and active on several non-profit advisory boards, including KIPP Colorado, the American Red Cross Colorado, and the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumni Council. To learn more about Denver Startup Week please visit www.denverstartupweek.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonnie is responsible for maintaining membership retention, renewal revenue and directing member participation in Partnership initiatives and activities. She also manages CityBuild Denver and oversees the production of CityBuild events including CollaborEAT, A Love Affair with Denver, and the #RealTalk Speaker Series. Prior to joining the Partnership, Bonnie was the Outreach & Member Services Manager for Free Speech TV, an independent television network based in Denver and managed donor campaigns and stewardship as the Database & Annual Appeal Manager for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Bonnie grew up in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, with BA degrees in English and Women’s Studies. She is a recent alumnus of the CO.STARTERS program, an initiative of The Commons on Champa. Bonnie is an avid Broncos fan, and when she’s not Downtown, you can find her riding her bike or walking her dog, Archie, around Cherry Creek.
Adina Johnson Dinneen
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.
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.
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.
Coordinator, Member Experience
Devon is responsible for supporting all of the Partnership’s member recruitment, retention and renewal activities, as well as helping to create and implement the Partnership's Member Forums, Awards Dinner, and Annual Meeting. In addition, Devon assists with key Partnership programs, such as the Downtown Denver Leadership Program and CityBuild Denver. Prior to joining the Downtown Denver Partnership team, Devon resided in California and worked for Montage Laguna Beach, a triple five-star resort, where she was a personal concierge for Exclusive Resorts members. Devon started Montage Laguna Beach’s Recreation Program where she planned and guided hiking, mountain biking, and paddle boarding tours. Before working at Montage, Devon worked for the St. Louis Rams and in the Events department at her alma mater, Principia College.
Brooke is responsible for supporting all of the Partnership’s membership recruitment, retention, and renewal activities, as well as helping members figure out the best way to get engaged by guiding them to programs that fit their specific needs and interests. Brooke was born and raised in Southern Illinois where she also attended Southern Illinois University. After graduating, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and took a job at the Mason Deerfield Chamber working as the Programs and Events Manager. After three years in Cincinnati, Brooke relocated to Denver. When she isn’t doing touristy activities, Brooke enjoys eating locally, reading true crime novels, and playing tennis.
Executive Vice President, Downtown Environment
John oversees all urban planning, transportation, and research efforts for the Downtown Environment team. He is also Executive Director for the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, which focuses on enhancing Downtown Denver’s public realm, most notably the upkeep of the 16th Street Mall. John was the driving force behind the 14th Street project, the largest downtown streetscape project since 1982, and co-managed the 2007 Downtown Denver Area Plan, which earned national recognition for its innovative policies. John is currently leading efforts to complete The Outdoor Downtown - a master plan for Downtown parks and public spaces - and to develop the 5280 Loop, a visionary project that will transform a series of underutilized streets into a green, pedestrian- and bicycle-oriented route connecting nine Center City districts. John currently serves as a member of the City of Denver’s Blueprint Denver Task Force, board member of Streetsblog Denver, and chair of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors. He has worked at the Partnership since 2000. Previously, John worked for the U.S Department of State and as a practicing architect. John has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Arizona State University.
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.
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.
Specialist, Downtown Operations
Dave serves as the eyes and ears of the Partnership and BID 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 Partnership team in 2002, Dave owned and managed Abro Commercial Maintenance and Janitorial Company for nearly 10 years. They provided services ranging from cubicle builds and installs, office moving, landscaping, electrical, plumbing repairs, and commercial janitorial. Dave later worked for Hugh M. Woods and rose to the Commercial Sales Department Manager. There he was responsible for counting the cash for opening registers, scheduling employees, sales support for our outside sales, and was named Employee of the Month. Dave also served as Northwest Denver Field Organizer for the 2012 Obama campaign. Dave graduated from Metro State College, now Metro State University, with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Communications.
Quality Control Inspector, Downtown Operations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Program Manager, The Commons on Champa
Jacqui leads The Commons on Champa efforts to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Downtown Denver and manages the holistic operations of The Commons. She works to build The Commons as Denver’s premier entrepreneurial hub, helping to gain traction in the community and attract high-quality people and programs. She oversees the creation and execution of the programming strategy for the Commons and serves to tell the story of the Commons to the community at-large. Previously, Jacqui led operations and community development for a series of early-stage businesses and served as the managing director of House of Genius, a global entrepreneurship community service organization. She also managed entrepreneurship education programs at the University of Colorado Boulder and got her start in business as the general manager of a sustainable foods startup in her home state of South Dakota. Jacqui was a Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Natural Products Research Fellow and earned an MBA at the University of Colorado Boulder. To learn more about The Commons on Champa, please visit www.thecommons.co.
Community 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 room and event rental process, co-creates membership, volunteer, and entrepreneurial programming, and manages the building, its operations, rentals, and leases. Although Kalen is originally a Denver native, she is joining our team from far abroad. Kalen spent the last three years working at Garage Project—a brewery and 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.
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.
Manager, Public Events
Kaylin manages the public events Parade of Lights and A Taste of Colorado including strategy, sponsorship, fundraising, staff, and all operational event logistics. Additionally, she oversees aspects of other events in the public realm such as 16th Street Mall Special Events and Wynkoop Plaza event permitting, Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park, and the Skyline Beer Garden. Prior to her role at the Downtown Denver Partnership, Kaylin spent three years as the Marketing Specialist for Regis University. During her time as Marketing Specialist, Kaylin worked across all campus departments to support public relations, graphic design, print and digital marketing, and campus-wide events. She played a key role in the launch of a new website and the re-brand of the University. While balancing her career at Regis, Kaylin also served as the Vice President of the PEAK Awards Gala for the American Marketing Association. Kaylin brings eight years of experience in managing event staff, operations and logistics to her role at the Partnership. While earning a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from Regis University, Kaylin held a two year internship with Kroenke Sports and Entertainment at the Pepsi Center in the Event Production team.
Coordinator, Public Events
Katie is responsible for assisting the Public Events team with all major events including A Taste of Colorado, Parade of Lights, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, and the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park. She also coordinates the permitting processes for special events taking place on the 16th Street Mall and Wynkoop Plaza at Denver Union Station. Katie joined the Downtown Experience team at the Downtown Denver Partnership in 2016 after serving as an intern at the Partnership. Prior to working at the Partnership, Katie held various positions within the marketing and event planning arena, including financial marketing at Great West Life, website development and marketing at WebAct, and event planning with Adistry. Most recently, Katie was nominated as a 2017 ‘25 Young Event Pros to Watch.’ During her free time, Katie is very involved in the Denver community and has volunteered at events benefiting the Children’s Hospital and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, and has also volunteered and raised money for the Susan G Komen Foundation. Katie studied abroad through Semester at Sea and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Communications.
Assistant, Public Events
Jeremy assists with the Parade of Lights, A Taste of Colorado, Downtown Denver Skating Rink, New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Skyline Beer Garden, and the Downtown Denver Alleyways Art Project. Before joining the Downtown Experience team, Jeremy served as the Office Concierge at the Downtown Denver Partnership. A Colorado native, Jeremy attended the University of Colorado Denver, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Film, and Television Production, with an emphasis on production management. Jeremy is an aesthetic enthusiast at heart and continues to be engaged with the creative community by volunteering at small regional theaters and exhibitions, as well as exploring the city’s vibrant art scene.
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.
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.
Claudia is responsible for all accounts receivable and billing functions including processing contracts, processing customer payments, researching and resolving payment discrepancies, and reconciling accounts as needed for both internal teams and external stakeholders. Claudia has been a member of the Partnership’s accounting department full-time since 2016. Before moving to the accounting department, she was the receptionist for the Downtown Denver Partnership for almost 10 years. Before joining the Partnership team, Claudia worked in the membership department at The Susan Duncan YMCA in Arvada, CO, where she coordinated all program registrations. Claudia has also worked part-time for Jefferson County Public Libraries and served as the Manager of the Cash Vault Tellers at The First National bank of Denver for 16 years. Claudia attended the University of Colorado Boulder where she studied business.
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.
Noel is responsible for accounts payable including processing of invoices, vendor payments, researching and responding to vendor questions. She also assists both internal teams and external stakeholders with questions and resolves payment and invoicing issues. Noel is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Denver, with a degree in finance and accounting. She will begin her Master's program in the fall of 2019 and is working to earn her CPA credentials. Prior to working at the Partnership, Noel served the City and County of Denver for seven years in their Parks and Recreation Department, where she supervised various events and activities, promoted a positive experience within various recreation centers, and worked closely with an assortment of different communities and neighborhoods. Noel is passionate about her volunteer work with the Maxfund Animal Shelter, George Washington High School, and the University of Colorado Denver.
Sabina manages the front desk of the Partnership, referring calls to the appropriate staff and assisting external stakeholders with questions and requests for information. She also serves anyone and everyone that walks through the door, ensuring that all feel welcome. Sabina worked at her alma mater, The Chicago High School for the Arts, as the Admissions Coordinator before moving to Colorado in 2018. Prior to joining the Partnership, she worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and is continuing to expand her love of nature in the great state of Colorado. Sabina is also getting more involved in Denver, particularly through her love of making and appreciating the arts in every form.