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Rosie  Frankowski

Rosie Frankowski

Deputy Director

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rosie began working Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. in 2017 after moving to Anchorage to pursue her athletic career. As the coordinator for the Placemaking program for three years, Rosie particularly enjoys connecting with community partners to make downtown into an accessible, inclusive and vibrant space for all of Anchorage. Rosie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Michigan with undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She also has a Masters in Public Administration from NMU and a Masters in Business Administration from Alaska Pacific University (APU), where she currently adjunct teaches.
Outside of her office work, Rosie trains and competes full time as a cross country ski racer and represents the U.S. and APU Nordic Ski Center on the World Cup and domestically. Rosie raced at the 2018 Olympics and the 2019 World Championships representing Team USA. When she can find a free moment to relax, she enjoys baking and trying new Thai food restaurants.
Julie Jokinen

Julie Jokinen

Administrative Director

Julie comes to the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd after working in Alaska Tourism for over 25 years. She worked in Denali for 14 years where she was lucky enough to perform in Cabinnite Dinner Theatre in the summer and then head back to Arizona for the winter. That all changed when she accepted a job at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward as their events coordinator and front desk manager, so she loaded up her car and drove to Alaska in January of 2008 to make Alaska officially her home. She then hit the road as a Tour Director for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises showing off our amazing state to thousands of tourists. For the last 6 years she has worked at Premier Alaska Tours working with and training a whole new generation of tour directors. She is excited to be a part of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership the downtown community and to watch the downtown area blossom. In her spare time, you can find her walking miles on the Coastal Trail as she trains for her 60 mile walks to help end Breast Cancer.

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Jason Gentile

Jason Gentile

Operations Director

Jay grew up in Rochester, New York, where he played football and hockey. Jay went on to play college football at State University of New York at Brockport and graduated with a B.A. in History. In addition, Jay holds a Master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education and Occupational Therapy from Kansas State University.

Jay joined the U.S. Army in 1998 and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. Aside from stateside assignments, Jay served multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Republic of South Korea, and Germany. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger and Airborne school. Jay recently retired after a 21-year career in the Army.

Jay enjoys playing hockey in the Eagle River Hockey League, hiking in the mountains near his home, and is an avid reader of history and nonfiction. He is a passionate supporter of the VFW. Jay has twin 19-year-old adult children and a 12-year-old daughter. Tim the Dog and Michael the cat round out his household.

Jay joins the Anchorage Downtown Partnership with a deep understanding of logistics and operations and looks forward to bringing his expertise to the downtown Anchorage community.

Brandon Raile

Brandon Raile

Marketing Director

Brandon spent his early years as a military brat growing up on Adak island in the Aleutians.  It was his experiences there that instilled a lifelong love for Alaska and a need for adventure.  This need eventually led to him following a 28-year military career as a U.S. Navy Photojournalist and Public Affairs professional. He finally returned to Alaska in 2017 and very quickly decided that he wouldn’t be leaving again.

His life-long passion has been story-telling.  He was the kid who always got in trouble in school for his excessive talking but was never deterred, even despite regular parent-teacher conferences to the point. So if he isn’t talking, it’s likely only because he’s got a camera to his eye and is telling a story through photography.

During the warmer months, you’ll find Brandon cruising Alaska’s rivers in his jet boat – you can’t keep a Sailor away from the water after all.  In the colder months, he’ll be daydreaming about the water and periodically attending parent-teacher conferences regarding his daughter’s vocal propensities.


Kris May

Kris May

Event Director

Kris grew up on a dude ranch in Colorado and came to Alaska after twenty years in the mountains of Utah. She graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco with honors after studying Anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. After cheffing professionally, Kris managed the Catering and Events department at Park City Mountain Resort, combing her love of food, mountains, and ski culture. Kris recently created and sold a small artisan ice cream company that garnered regional and national praise.

Kris is passionate about community and loves creating events that bring people together. A lover of culture, Kris enjoys vibrant public spaces filled with art, music, and commerce. Kris joined Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. to create events that bring us all together so we can enjoy not only the uniqueness of downtown Anchorage but the company and diversity of one another.

Kris is an avid outdoorswoman, traveler, gardener, chef, and old house restorer. She has worked as a wrangler, ski patrolman, ski instructor, and professional river guide. When not at ADP, you can find her checking out restaurants downtown, exploring coffee shops and record stores, backcountry skiing, fishing, running rivers, hitting the slopes of Alyeska, or hiking with her two beloved dogs Gustavo and Doc.

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Crystal Caines

Crystal Caines

Economic Opportunity Director

Crystal comes to the Anchorage Downtown Partnership from Hinesville, Georgia where she was the Main Street Program Manager & Events Coordinator for the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority.  She brings with her knowledge and passion for all things Downtown!! Crystal graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Sport Management.  She is an avid sports enthusiast and uses her management skills to curate and bring new and exciting outdoor events to downtown communities.  Crystal loves to travel to different cities and see what exciting things their downtown areas have to offer.  She truly believes that downtown is the heart and soul of every city. Crystal moved to Anchorage from Georgia only eight months ago with her fiance who is in the U.S. Army.  She is excited to be a new Alaska transplant and looks forward to sharing her experience in event development with the businesses, employees, residents, and all those who are passionate about the downtown core of Anchorage.

Safety and Maintenance Ambassadors

Safety Ambassadors

As the “eyes and ears” of Downtown, Safety Ambassadors (SAs) serve and assist local businesses and our thousands of visitors as they patrol the streets.

Safety Ambassadors provide a helping hand by assisting emergency services personnel with traffic accidents, intervening with youth at risk, and by providing helpful directions.

Working closely with Anchorage Police and other emergency response services, the Safety Ambassadors have become a vital part of making downtown Anchorage a better – and safer – place.

Maintenance Ambassadors

The Maintenance Team provides supplemental services for downtown Anchorage within the approximately 126 blocks of the DID. You can see them on the street picking up trash, responding to graffiti, or at one of the many events that take place throughout downtown.

Maintenance Ambassadors provide services designed to:

  • Maintain a clean, attractive and orderly downtown.
  • Ensure downtown Anchorage as the best place to live, work, shop, and play.
  • Provide assistance for public space maintenance issues.
  • Serve as Ambassadors of downtown for visitors, residents, businesses, and property owners.
  • Partner with public entities in enhancing our community-based quality of life.

Maintenance Ambassadors are easily recognizable in their orange work wear and work 7 days a week to enhance cleanliness and aid in snow removal within the DID. The entire DID is cleaned daily on foot, or with various maintenance equipment, including trucks, RTVs, tractors, Sweepsters, Honda four-wheelers, and numerous other walk-behind sweepers, snowblowers and vacuums.

Maintenance Ambassadors also utilize Community Work Service workers to maximize both perceptions of and actual cleaning in the DID. In addition, a partnership with the Veterans’ Industries and Assets, Inc. allows Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. to reintegrate veterans into the work force, and to provide an avenue for Alaskans with disabilities to solve their employment needs and live independently.