Learn more about the staff of Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.



Ruth Quinlan


Ruth Quinlan, B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Ruth became the Office Manager at ADP in May 2004 after holding the same position for the ELCA Bishop of Alaska. Office Managing was a career change after years in social service management for local agencies such as Alaska Children’s Services and Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC). Arriving in Alaska in 1992 through a volunteer program Ruth has dedicated her time in Alaska to non-profit organizations focused on improving the community.


Kris Natwick


Kris Natwick, B.A. in Art and Elementary Education from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Before being hired by ADP, Kris worked as a Community School Coordinator with the Anchorage School District, an Elementary teacher in Anchorage and Minnesota, and as a director of an Anchorage Latchkey program. Other experiences include serving on the Executive Committee of the Alaska Community Education Association Board and working as a Dean for the Global Language Villages program in China.


Penny Smythe


Penny Smythe received a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from the University of Denver. She has marketed a majority of large and small business entities throughout the United States. After moving to Alaska in 2006, she worked for Congressman Don Young as special assistant and moved into the marketing and communications field working for USKH, Bering Straits Native Corporation and RIM Architects. Penny has a passion in helping small business owners make their mark in the community after helping both her father and brother market their own small business successfully during the recent recession. Penny joined the ADP team in 2011 and is excited to not only help ADP grow as an non-profit organization, but to also help market the city of Anchorage for years to come.


Jamie Boring


Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. (ADP) announces the hiring of Jamie Boring as the new Executive Director. As executive director, Jamie directs the actions of ADP staff and board to support and strengthen the organizations purpose of assuring a vibrant downtown. Additionally, Jamie leads ADP’s multiple facets of operations including Maintenance, Security, Membership, Events, Public Policy and Marketing for Downtown. Jamie is a life long Alaskan who is passionate about the success of downtown. Having been a business owner in the Downtown Improvement District (DID) and board member of ADP, he is aware of the challenges and unique opportunities that face downtown. Jamie has a strong background in all facets of construction, development and finance and is dedicated to service, having served in the United States Marine Corps. To say that Jamie is passionate about the growth and prosperity of downtown Anchorage is an understatement. He believes that a strong, vital and economically sound downtown is imperative to the success of the city as a whole. He is committed to his new position and looks forward to working with the community at large in creating a vibrant and healthy downtown!




Jeff was born at Hunter AFB, in Savannah, Georgia. He is a 1982 Graduate from Richland Center High School, in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Jeff received his associate’s degree in Aerospace Maintenance from the Community College of the Air Force in 2001. Jeff has spent over 35 years in Alaska both as an Air Force dependent and an active duty Air Force Member. Jeff joined ADP in May 2007, after retiring from the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic. Jeff served over 20 years with the Air Force and has demonstrated management and supervisory experience in the maintenance career field and he is a perfect match for his role with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. He is active in the local community with several professional organizations. Jeff is an avid sportsman and enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.


Ashlee Schneider


Ashlee Schneider received her B.B.A. in Marketing (and another in Management) from our very own University of Alaska Anchorage. After college, she spent a year at Spawn Ideas learning all about the advertising agency world. Now, delving into the non-profit world, she’s cultivated a deep seeded love for Downtown. Her time in the office involves advancing marketing efforts on all fronts, building relations through the membership department, and staying connected to the community. She’s involved in community organizations including ToastMasters and sits on the board for AMA Alaska in the Communications sector. Ashlee leads her life at home and at work through her passion for people, drive for continual growth, and undying laughter.