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Are you interested in serving on the Anchorage Downtown Partnership Board of Directors?


We’re looking for new members who are invested in keeping downtown clean, safe, and vital! If this is you, please fill out the form here by 5:00 PM November 4, 2022.

Some key expectations to keep in mind:

  • 2 year term.
  • Board meetings are every other month during the work day.
  • Special meetings may be called occasionally/as needed.
  • Meaningful financial contribution is required for full Board charitable giving.
  • Service on a committee is requested and encouraged.

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 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 2022 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

2022 Board of Directors

Gretchen Fauske — Board President

Seat expires 2023

Alaska Center for Economic Development

Mark Begich — Vice President

Seat expires 2023

Northern Compass Group

Eric Ritner – Treasurer

Seat expires 2022

Real Estate Solutions of Alaska

Scott Woodland – Member-at-large

Seat expires 2023

Alaska Cleaners

Silvia Villamides

Seat expires 2022

Alaska Hospitality Retailers

Clai Porter

Seat expires 2023

NCP Design/Build Ltd

Joe Lumpkin

Seat expires 2023

Regal North Commercial

Grant Breager

Seat expires 2023

JL Properties

Matt Samuel

Seat expires 2022

McKinley Properties/Diamond Parking Services

Michelle Klouda — Vice President

Seat expires 2023

RIM Architects

Katherine Jernstrom — Immediate Past President

Seat expires 2022

The Boardroom

Laile Fairbairn — Secretary

Seat expires 2023

Locally Grown Restaurants

Doug Lamkin

Seat expires 2022

Neighborworks Alaska

Steve Ribuffo

Seat expires 2022

Port of Anchorage

David McCarthy

Seat expires 2022

49th State Brewing Company

Jim Kubitz

Seat expires 2023

Alaska Railroad

Larry Michael

Seat expires 2022

Arctic Fox Inn Bed and Breakfast

Shanna Zuspan

Seat expires 2023

Agnew::Beck Consulting

Ex-Officio Members

Bruce Bustamante — Anchorage Chamber of Commerce

Shara Cooley — Covenant House Alaska

Bill Popp — AEDC

Julie Saupe — Visit Anchorage

Mike Robbins — ACDA Executive Director