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


Administrative Staff at Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.



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). Ruth is also the president of Friends of Pets. 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.



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.



Jeff Robinson 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.



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!



J.W. Frye originally came to Alaska after a solo 8,000 mile bicycle ride from Florida through which he developed a national campaign to highlight the work of not-for-profit hospice care in America. In addition to work in community development, he has written and produced for television and popular music most notably (for Alaskans anyway) the in-state group Blackwater Railroad Company. J.W.’s vision for Downtown is that it continues to be abuzz with representative arts and culture and he remains committed to a walkable (and bike-able) infrastructure.



Kelly Ireland moved to Alaska in 2010 and has called the state home ever since, her love for Alaska has kept her involved and is a driving force for working at ADP to make Downtown Anchorage a more vibrant community. Kelly began working for ADP in 2017. She currently attends the University of Alaska Anchorage and is pursuing a B.A. in both Journalism and Biological Sciences. In addition to working at Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Kelly is an undergraduate researcher at UAA studying the gut microbiota and immune system of stickleback fish. She’s been awarded a UAA Honors College Undergraduate Research Grant and Alaska INBRE Grant for her research. She also serves as the chair of UAA’s Concert Board, is a member of the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. In her free time she’s an avid hiker/backpacker and loves to travel.



Rosie Frankowski joined the Partnership in 2017 after recently graduating from Alaska Pacific University with her M.B.A. She also holds a Master in Public Administration and a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Northern Michigan University. Rosie moved to Alaska in 2014 to ski race for APU Nordic Ski Center and train to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics. At the Downtown Partnership, Rosie manages 144 Activities in Town Square, alongside other projects. While ski training and racing take her all over the world, the flexibility and support of Downtown Partnership are vital to allowing Rosie to pursue her athletic career goals. Rosie also teaches courses at APU, coaches the Denali Elementary Running Club and Mountain View Boys and Girls Run Club, and volunteers with Fast & Female and Healthy Futures. In her spare time she enjoys mushroom foraging, eating Thai food and baking lots of treats.



As the Membership Director, John is responsible for the Partnership’s membership efforts. This includes membership sales, retention and engagement. He also oversees the operations of the Downtown Pass, a discount card designed to give residents the opportunity to explore, experience and save Downtown. John joined ADP after many years of working in the hospitality and community development industries. Previously, John served as the Community Program Manager for the nonprofit NeighborWorks Alaska and managed the organization’s community building and organizing programs – Paint the Town, StepUpAK Leadership Summit, and Anchorage Winter Market. As a lifelong Anchorage resident, John loves being a part of the ADP team because his work helps progress the organization’s mission of making Downtown Anchorage clean, safe, and vital. When not at work, he can usually be found in the woods at a local golf course or out spending time with his wife and dogs. John received his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage.



Evan Tanner is ADP’s Membership & Policy Coordinator with over a decade of experience in advocacy, earned media and community engagement on both a local and national level. Most recently, Evan served as a state director for Hillary for America where he managed the state’s community engagement initiatives, operating budget and headed the state’s ‘Victory Leadership Council’. Prior to his work in politics, Evan designed and launched the Y.E.S. for Arkansas 2.0 high school business plan competition and developed eCommerce entrepreneurship curriculum for rural high school students.