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Radhika Krishna

Radhika Krishna

Executive Director

Radhika is the Executive Director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. Before joining ADP, she worked at the Anchorage Community Land Trust for close to a decade, most recently as the Director of Operations, and prior to that as Director of Programs. Radhika has an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University, and was recognized as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2022. She grew up around the world, and is now proud to call Anchorage home, and the place she’s lived in the longest. In her free time, she loves exploring our beautiful state, and skating, running, and skiing her way through winter.
 
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.

Contact Jason: jason@anchoragedowntown.org

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.

Contact Kris: kris@anchoragedowntown.org

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.

Contact Julie: jjokinen@anchoragedowntown.org

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.