Who We Are
Twelve volunteer board members serve on the DDA. State statute sets forward that these positions shall be filled as follows:
- 1 seat for the Mayor or City Administrator
- 1 seat for a resident of the DDA District
- 7 seats for downtown property owners, downtown employees or individuals with an interest in downtown real estate
- 3 seats for citizens-at-large.
Current members are: Newcombe Clark, Russ Collins, Leah Gunn, Robert Guenzel, Roger Hewitt, John Hieftje, Joan Lowenstein, John Mouat, Nader Nassif, Keith Orr, Sandi Smith, and John Splitt. Read more information about the DDA Board Members (pdf).
The DDA typically holds its meetings on the first Wednesday of every month at noon at the DDA Office, 150 S. Fifth Avenue, Suite 301, Ann Arbor 48104, although generally no meeting is held in August. Members of the public are welcome to attend, and time is set aside for public comment. There are four (four minute) speaker slots at the beginning of each meeting and additional slots available at the end of the meeting. To sign up in advance for a time to speak, please call the DDA office at 994-6697.
- May 1, 2013 Board Packet (pdf)
The DDA members undertake projects through committees, which set forward yearly work plans at an annual retreat in October. Current committees and areas of interest are as follows:
- Operations - May 29th, 11:00 am : Oversees budget, finance, major DDA capital improvements and repair projects, parking management, bike parking installations, and transportation programs and grants - such as the getDowntown Program.
- Partnerships, Economic Development & Communications - June 12th, 11:00am: Oversees DDA planning projects, downtown benchmarking, projects with public and private partners, the DDA Housing Fund, the Energy Saving Grant Program, and the DDA marketing and communications strategy.
Committee Meetings are held at the DDA Office, 150 S. Fifth Avenue, Suite 301, Ann Arbor, 48104
The DDA works with a small, energetic, and talented staff comprised of:
- Susan Pollay, Executive Director - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joe Morehouse, Deputy Director - email@example.com
- Amber Miller, Planning and Research Specialist - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jada Hahlbrock, Management Assistant - email@example.com