Great Cities Are Built by People

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 Office

Tami Door, CEO and President of the Downtown Denver Partnership (303) 534-6161

Tamara Door

President & CEO

Tami Door is the CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. She 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 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 the incoming Chairman of the International Downtown Association.

Kate Barton (303) 571-8202

Kate Barton

Vice President, Executive Office and Special Projects

Kate Barton, Vice President, Executive Office and Special Projects, Downtown Denver Partnership. 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 and worked 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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Allison Saer

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.

Britt Diehl (303) 571-8205

Britt Diehl

Senior Specialist, Marketing and Communications

Britt supports the marketing and communications team by leading strategic communications, public relations and email marketing. Britt also oversees the organization's social media strategy and day-to-day management of its platforms. Before joining the Downtown Denver Partnership team, 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. Phone: (303) 571-8205 | Send Britt an email

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Rye Finegan

Manager, Denver Startup Week & Innovation Programs

Rye Finegan 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

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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

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Randy Thelen

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 representative 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.

Emily Tucker Senior Manager Economic Development (303) 571-6781

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 and Denver 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 Masters in Urban Planning Degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a BA in International Economics and Business from UNC Chapel Hill.

Member Experience

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Jim Kirchheimer

Senior Vice President, Member Experience

Jim is Senior Vice President of Member Experience for the Downtown Denver Partnership, primarily focusing 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 twenty-five years 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

Director, Civic Leadership Programs

Aylene is responsible for leading the strategic implementation of the Downtown Denver Partnership’s (DDP) 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 North America. Aylene received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs and Communications from the University of Denver.

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Bonnie Gross

Manager, Membership

Bonnie is the Membership Manager at the Downtown Denver Partnership. She is responsible for maintaining membership retention, renewal revenue and directing member participation in Partnership initiatives and activities. Bonnie also manages CityBuild Denver and oversees 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 alumni 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.

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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.

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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 'n 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. She trained 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

As Membership Sales Representative, Kate is responsible for all Downtown Denver Partnership member lead generation, referrals and recruitment, as well as managing the quarterly Lunch ‘n 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 will graduate from the Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy training program in February, 2018.

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Devon Baggs

Coordinator, Member Experience

As the Membership Experience Coordinator, Devon is responsible for supporting all of the Partnership’s member recruitment, retention and renewal activities, as well as helping to create and implement all of our Member Forums, the 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 Hiller

Coordinator, Membership

As the Membership Coordinator, 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. She helps guide members to programs that are tailored to 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, CO. When she isn’t doing touristy activities, Brooke enjoys eating locally, reading true crime novels, and playing tennis.

Downtown Environment

John Desmond (303) 571-8204

John Desmond

Executive Vice President, Downtown Environment

John is the Executive Vice President of Downtown Environment at the Downtown Denver Partnership, where he oversees all urban planning, transportation, and research efforts. 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, a 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.

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Beth Moyski

Director, Downtown Special Districts

Beth serves as Director of Special Districts for the Downtown Denver Partnership. In this role, 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 PlatteForum, 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 University of Colorado at Denver.

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Eugene Wade

Senior Manager, Downtown Security

As the Senior Downtown Security Manager for the Downtown Denver Partnership, Eugene leverages private and public resources to implement the Downtown Denver Security Action Plan. Eugene comes to the Partnership from the City and County of Denver where he was the Manager of Security Operations for the Denver Performing Arts Complex. During his three-year tenure, he cultivated a culture of security through deterrence, education and cooperation with law enforcement, security counterparts and the community. Eugene completed a 20-year career in the United States Air Force where he served as a federal law enforcement officer with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. As the Special Agent in Charge at Buckley Air Force Base, he worked with federal, state and local agencies to protect Air Force personnel and assets throughout Colorado. Eugene has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Security from the American Military University.

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Vince Martinez

Senior Manager, Downtown Operations, AICP

As Operations Manager, Vince oversees the work of our Service Coordinators and Quality Control Inspector. Additionally, Vince manages the BID’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 helps identify areas in need of special assistance and encourages stakeholders to take ownership of Downtown and ensure a safe, clean and vibrant environment. Vince can often be found on the 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.

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Dave Ballinger

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. The 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 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.

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Ryan Butcher

Quality Control Inspector

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.


Pamela Sellden

Senior Specialist, Downtown Environment

As downtown environment specialist, 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 and Larimer Streets, and 14th Street.  Pamela 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 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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Adam Perkins

Senior Manager, Urban Planning

At the Downtown Denver Partnership, Adam is the Senior Manager of Urban Planning, where his focus is 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 also the immediate past-chair of APA’s National Housing and Community Development Division, and 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.

Andrew Iltis Senior Manager of Transportation and Mobility (303) 571-8219

Andrew Iltis

Senior Manager, Transportation and Mobility

As the Senior Manager of Transportation and Mobility at the Downtown Denver Partnership, 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.

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Amanda Miller

Service Coordinator, Downtown Environment

As the 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 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.

The Commons on Champa

Jacqui Dietrich

Program Manager, The Commons on Champa

Jacqui is the Commons on Champa Programs Manager. She leads the Commons efforts to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Downtown Denver and manages the holistic operations of the Commons on Champa. Jacqui 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 / Natural Products Research Fellow and earned an MBA at the University of Colorado Boulder. To learn more about The Commons please visit

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 so 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 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 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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Kaylin Klaren

Manager, Public Events

Kaylin manages the 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. While balancing her career at Regis, Kaylin also served as the Vice President of the PEAK Awards Gala for the American Marketing Association. 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. 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.

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Katie Toney

Coordinator, Public Events

Katie is responsible for assisting the Public Events team with all major events including 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.

Finance & Administration

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Charlene Laus

Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting

As its Vice President of Finance and Administration, Charlene’s primary focus is keeping the Downtown Denver Partnership and its six affiliates running smoothly. Charlene is a member of the executive 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. Charlene’s experience integrating technology, people, and process have 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 a MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.

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Ariany Young


Ariany plays a key role in the accounting department working with other teams 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 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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Claudia Gutierrez

Coordinator, Accounting

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.

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Hayden Plemmons

Developer of People and Culture

Hayden, the Developer of People and Culture, 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 team, 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.

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Noel DeLeon

Accounting Clerk

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 third-year student at the University of Colorado Denver. She is working towards a degree in finance and accounting in efforts 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.

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Jeremy Macias

Office Concierge

Jeremy manages the front desk, referring calls to the appropriate staff, and assists external stakeholders with questions and requests for information. He also assists internal teams with specific projects on an as-needed basis. Jeremy joined the Downtown Denver Partnership team as Office Concierge in the spring of 2017. Previously, he worked as the Senior Adult Admissions Representative for National Jewish Health and Research Center. In this role, Jeremy lead the administrative services and volunteer staff, who acted as the initial point of contact for patients, vendors and VIP guests. 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.