Suzie Graham, president & CEO

Suzie mobilizes positive partnerships and oversees the design and implementation of programs and services to address the needs of the neighborhood and improve its vitality.  She facilitates efforts to enhance and promote downtown as an economic driver, hub for arts and culture, guardian of social equity, community gathering space and keeper of the city's sense of place.  She works closely with government, corporate, education, non-profit, human services and small business stakeholders.  Prior to her work with DAP, Suzie served the city of Akron for 18 years including coordinating Arts and Children's programs for the Office of the Mayor.  An Akron native, Suzie is honored to serve on the board of directors for Akron Roundtable and Development Finance Authority.  She is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 29, recipient of the 2011 Human Values Award and 2012 GAR Glass Half Full Award.

Kimberly Beckett, director of business relations

Kimberly works closely with downtown stakeholders through one-on-one business retention surveys and visits, quarterly retail visits and district meetings. Additionally, she supports business development activities, downtown planning initiatives and public space planning and activation.  Kimberly received her bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and masters in public administration at the University of Akron.

Laura Engle, director of business development

Laura joined the DAP team in May 2019 and coordinates, collaborates and manages business development efforts in downtown Akron, including the pop-up retail program. As a business professional with a passion for growth in downtown Akron, she brings experience in entrepreneurial, local small business and non-profit environments. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University.

Kelli Fetter, director of engagement & events

Kelli joined Downtown Akron Partnership in March 2014. She oversees the outreach efforts of DAP by planning innovative programs and events that engage downtown workers, visitors and residents. She is DAP's representative on the committees for Reimagining the Civic Commons, and community festivals and events. She is a member of the Torchbearers Class of 2017 and serves on the Board of Directors for Summit Choral Society. Kelli earned a bachelor's degree in marketing management and a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Akron.

Sharon Gillberg, communications director

Sharon manages DAP’s marketing, public relations, social media and advertising initiatives and provides support for DAP events and programs. A native of Indiana who relocated to Akron in 1999, Sharon has been involved in event management and marketing for more than 15 years with non-profit trade associations and event/exposition companies. Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University majoring in advertising and public relations.

David Hunting, operations manager, DAP ambassadors

David joined the Clean and Safe Ambassador program as operations manager in May 2019. In this role he is responsible for the oversight and administration of day-to-day operations and training of DAP ambassadors and manages the ambassador program at The University of Akron. Prior to DAP, David was in restaurant management for more than 30 years overseeing more than 60 locations. He joins the team with extensive management and leadership skills to utilize and share with the clean and safe team. 

Holly Mattucci, director of finance

Holly has been the business manager at Downtown Akron Partnership for 15 years. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial management, bookkeeping, office management and internal auditing. She is a member of the National Bookkeepers Association.

Clean & Safe Ambassador program

Clean Team

Greg Smith, team lead

Brandi Finney

Val Kramer

Darrell Stamps

Lanita Ware

Brett Wilson

Safe Team

Daniel Holderfield

Kayla McCalister

Jamal Oliver

Aaron Shugart

Isreal Spear