Our Team

The Downtown Akron Vision and Redevelopment Plan is led by the Downtown Akron Partnership, Mayor Horrigan and the City of Akron, and a steering committee, with efforts supported by planning consultants MKSK and Development Strategies. Thanks to all those involved in these efforts.

DAP Staff:

Suzie Graham, president & CEO
Kimberly Beckett, director of business relations
Kelli Fetter,  director of engagement & events
Sharon Gillberg, communications director
Christine Vadala, director of business development

Steering Committee:

In 2016, Mayor Horrigan and his staff joined with DAP’s leadership in assembling a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from small and corporate business, development, city and county government, health systems, non-profits, finance, education, housing, tourism, real estate and philanthropy to populate a steering committee to guide this plan.  Click here for the full list of steering committee members.

Consultant Team: MKSK
Planning, Visioning & Urban Design Lead


Chris Hermann, AICP, Principal – Principal-in-Charge
Andrew Overbeck, AICP, Principal - Lead Planner & Project Manager
Jeffrey Pongonis, PLA, ASLA, Principal – Urban Design Principal
Luis Huber-Calvo, Urban Designer/Project Planner

Development Strategies
Market Analysis

Matt Wetli, AICP, Principal
Brian Licari, Associate
Megan Hinrichsen, Associate & Marketing Director