Get Involved and Shape Downtown

Get the most out of your DSA membership! We offer a variety of ways for members to get involved, stay informed and meet other members. From our large annual events to monthly breakfast forums, and from roundtables to committees, we’ve got something for everyone. We also encourage you to stay connected with the DSA community through our monthly newsletter, eblasts, and social media.

New: Downtown Download

This bimonthly afternoon meeting is open to all DSA members interested in staying informed about the issues and initiatives shaping downtown. Each meeting will feature an in-depth presentation on one or two major topics related to DSA’s strategic priorities: transportation and access, economic development and the urban experience. These discussions will be led by DSA Board members, external experts or DSA partners. Following the deep dive, there will be a rapid-fire issue discussion on a handful of other timely issues that are impacting downtown. Specific topics will be promoted prior to each session.

  • Chairs: Ken Lederman, Foster Pepper, and DSA Board member; Sung Yang, Pacific Public Affairs, and DSA Board member
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit and residential DSA members.
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Third Avenue Task Force

Third Avenue suffers from a poorly maintained streetscape, an oversaturation of buses, public safety issues and underperforming ground-floor retail. Several improvement efforts materialized over the last two decades, but none have had a lasting impact. With major planning efforts afoot, there is a renewed interest in improving the Third Avenue corridor. Last year, DSA established a public-private Third Avenue Task Force to oversee near-term improvements and develop a long-term vision for this important downtown corridor. This year, the Task Force will finalize the vision and coordinate next steps with other related efforts.

  • Chairs: Kathy O’Kelly, Hines, and DSA Board member; Sabrina Villanueva, Clise Properties
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit DSA members on a first-come basis.
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Pike Pine Sounding Board

DSA has worked with the City of Seattle and downtown stakeholders to shape the Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape Design Vision. Now, the City and its partners are investing $40 million to design and construct pedestrian improvements along Pike and Pine Streets. To ensure appropriate community and stakeholder input, the sounding board reviews designs and provides feedback on elements of the design and key priorities.

Membership: Key stakeholders impacted by this project will be invited to participate in sounding board sessions.

Parks & Public Space Committee

The Parks & Public Space Committee will ensure that DSA’s work in the public realm is coordinated, cohesive and collaborative as we seek to take care of persistent troubled areas, improve high-traffic, high-impact spaces, and expand our work in downtown urban parks and public spaces.

  • Chairs: Marcus Charles, Belltown Hospitality Group, and DSA Board member; Jim Werth, Ivar’s Restaurants, and MID Advisory Board member
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit DSA members and MID ratepayers.
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Communications & Marketing Roundtable

This group of communications and marketing professionals from DSA companies meets quarterly, typically over lunch, to share information, learn about what’s going on at DSA, and provide feedback on various DSA projects and initiatives.

  • Chairs: Bernie Griffin, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and DSA Board member; Natalie Price, Allison+Partners, and DSA Board member 
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit DSA members in communications, marketing, sales and related fields.
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Resident’s Council Steering Committee

DSA’s Residents Council provides a forum for resident members to connect, advocate for and work together on issues and projects of common interest. The Residents Council is represented by a 20-person steering committee that acts as a sounding board for residential issues.

  • Chair: Allegra Calder, BERK Consulting, and ex officio DSA Board member
  • Membership: Resident members may apply.
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MID Clean & Safe Committee

This committee of Metropolitan Improvement District ratepayers receives updates on what our Clean, Safe and Outreach teams are doing to support ratepayers within the Metropolitan Improvement District. Members will be asked to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.

  • Chair: Janice Blair, MID Advisory Board member and downtown resident
  • Membership: Open to MID Ratepayers.
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Contact Info

If you’re interested in getting involved with DSA but aren’t sure what opportunity is best for you, please contact our Member Relations team:

206-613-3205
membership@downtownseattle.org