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Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. is overseen by a Board of Directors representing distinct membership categories. The bylaws for Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. require specific representation from: (a) downtown property owners, (b) downtown residents, (c) downtown businesses, (d) public agencies, (e) professional service providers, and (f) at-large members.

ADP Bylaws: Board of Directors

Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.’s Bylaws define the number, tenure and qualifications for Directors of the company, as well as how vacancies are filled, Directors are appointed, and when the Board meets.

Number, Tenure and Qualifications

The number of Directors on the Board shall be not less than three (3) nor more than thirty-five (35). The number of Directors shall be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors and the number so fixed shall comprise the entire Board of Directors. The term of office shall not exceed two years, except that each Director shall hold office until his/her successor shall have been duly qualified and elected, or until his/her death, or until he/she shall resign from the Board. Directors’ terms begin at the close of the Annual Meeting in which they are elected, or if appointed, with the acceptance of their appointment.

Any voting member, or its individual representative when the member is not a natural person, is eligible to seek election to any Directorship for which his, her or its membership categories may qualify. The Board of Directors shall, when fixing the number of Directors, designate each elected Directorship as one to be filled by the election of a member qualifying in one of the following categories:

a. Downtown Property Owner
b. Downtown Resident
c. Downtown Business
d. Public Agency
e. Professional Service Provider
f. At-Large

Each of the above categories of membership shall have not less than one Directorship designated as its representative. To the extent feasible, the Board shall strive to create elected Directorships that represent the following membership categories:

a. Downtown Property Owner:
25% of all elected Directors

b. Downtown Business:
40% of all elected Directors

c. At-Large:
15% of all elected Directors

d. Downtown Resident, Public Agency & Professional Service Provider:
20% aggregate of all elected Directors

Except as provided herein, Directors shall be elected annually at the regular annual meeting of the membership. Half of the Directors shall be elected in even years, and half shall be elected in odd years. If an odd number of total Directorships are created, there may be one more Directorship whose election is conducted in either even or odd years, with said election occurring in the year of creation and biennially thereafter. Any Director appointed by the President without a vote of the membership shall stand for a vote of confirmation at the next annual meeting of the membership.

The Directors, by resolution, may adopt procedures for the nomination of candidates for Directorships. Immediately following the annual meeting, the Secretary shall notify those persons elected Directors who may not have been present for the vote.

In the event of a tie vote for any directorship, lots shall be drawn to determine those who will serve as a Director, in a manner prescribed by resolution of the Board of Directors, or in the absence of any such resolution, by the President.


To the extent that vacancies may arise within the Board, the President may appoint Directors to fill those vacancies, except that no more than ten (10) Directors may serve by appointment at any one time unless they have first been confirmed by a vote of the membership.

Appointed Directors

The Board may designate no more than five (5) directorships as positions to be filled by appointment of the President. No appointed Director shall be appointed to more than two consecutive terms, except that an appointed Director remains eligible to serve as an elected Director. All appointed Directors shall stand for a vote of confirmation at the first meeting of the membership occurring during any term of appointment.


A Director may be removed for cause by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of all Directors then in office. Such an action shall be taken at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors or at a special meeting called for such purpose, and the proposed removal shall be set forth in the notice of any such regular or special meeting, sent at least ten (10) days prior thereto. The President may remove any Director who is absent from three or more regular Board meetings within the Director’s term. Absence from a total of six regular Board meetings during a Director’s term shall be deemed to be an abandonment of the Director’s Directorship.


Directors shall not receive any stated salaries for their services, but by resolution of the Board of Directors a fixed sum and expenses of attendance, if any, may be allowed for each regular or special meeting of the Board, providing that nothing herein contained shall be construed to preclude any Director from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving reasonable compensation therefore.

Ex-Officio Advisors

The President may appoint a maximum of five (5) ex officio, non-voting advisors to the Board, whose terms shall not exceed one year each.


Board meetings are open to the membership, except that the Board of Directors may convene an executive session for the discussion of personnel, litigation or other confidential matters. No vote may be taken in executive session.

Annual Meeting

Join us for the Annual Meeting in November to vote on our open Board of Directors’ seats. Assessment or dues paying members in Anchorage Downtown Improvement District (1SC97) are invited to vote. More details on the 2018 meeting will be posted soon.

Board Member make-up represents the following:

  • 25% – Downtown Property Owner
  • 40% – Downtown Business
  • 20% – Downtown Resident, Public Agency and Professional Service Provider
  • 15% – Other

Our Board Members should be committed to the following core values of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.:

  • Service – being responsive to the needs of the downtown stakeholders and the community
  • Commitment – delivering a clean, safe, and vital downtown
  • Innovation – striving to develop improved solutions
  • Integrity – being honest and effective ambassadors

2018 Board of Directors

Katherine Jernstrom — Board President
Seat 11, Expires 2018

The Boardroom and Alyeska Venture Management

Bill Fischer
Seat 18, Expires 2019

Main Event Catering and Events

Seth Anderson
Seat 14, Expires 2019

Arete, LCC

Clai Porter – Policy Chair
Seat 1, Expires 2019

NCP Design/Build Ltd

Steve Zelener
Seat 2, Expires 2019

Zelener Group

Duncan Harrison

Seat 3, Expires 2018

Alaskan Automotive Distributing, Inc.

Gretchen Fauske
Seat 20, Expires 2019

UAA Department of Economic Development

Mark Filipenko
Seat 5, Expires 2018

Bond Filipenko Commercial Properties

Stephen Welch
Seat 7, Expires 2018

Simon Property Group, Inc./Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall

Michelle Gallagher
Seat 9, Expires 2019

RIM Architects

Joe Lumpkin
Seat 17, Expires 2019

Regal North Commercial

Kirk Rose
Seat 25, Expires 2018

Anchorage Community Land Trust

Pierce Schwalb
Seat 23, Expires 2019

Bike Anchorage

Darryl Wong
Seat 13, Expires 2019

4th Avenue Marketplace

Jim Kubitz — Vice President
Seat 21, Expires 2019

Alaska Railroad

Terrance Chang
Expires 2019

Peach Investments

Doug Lamkin
Seat 4, Expires 2018

Neighborworks Alaska

Sandy Harper
Seat 6, Expires 2019

Cyrano’s Theater

Steve Czajkowski
Seat 24, Expires 2018

Anchorage Police Department

Cyrus Aldeman
Seat 12, Expires 2018

Anchorage Trolley, President

Steve Ribuffo – Marketing Chair
Seat 22, Expires 2018

Port of Anchorage

Silvia Villamides — Treasurer
Seat 26, Expires 2018

Alaska Hospitality Retailers

Kristine Rickard
Seat 19, Expires 2019

Boom Ba Laddy’s

Ryan Mae Lucas
Seat 16, Expires 2019

Regal North Commercial

David McCarthy
Seat 8, Expires 2018

49th State Brewing Company

Lisa Sauder
Expires 2019

Bean’s Café

Holly Spoth-Torres
Seat 10, Expires 2018

Huddle AK

Ex-Officio Members

Bruce Bustamante

Brian Borguno

Shara Cooley

Thomas Deakins

Bill Popp

Julie Saupe

Chris Schutte

Invited Elected Officials

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz

Assemblyman Chris Constant