ADP, Ltd. Staff
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.
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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 a non-profit organization, but to also help market the city of Anchorage for years to come.
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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.
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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.
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Jeffrey has always had a passion for community and bringing people together, and as a citizen of the world, he spent over a decade working and traveling in far flung places, most recently having climbed Mt. Everest. With professional experience ranging from being a Master Scuba Diver, to a ELL educator, his desire to return to the USA came from his work as a human rights advocate. Since returning to the country in 2013, he has started and ran a number of non-profit organizations, including as Director of Development for Great Rides, a bike share and bicyle advocacy organization in Fargo, ND. Jeffrey is dedicated to helping Anchroage grow with a vibrant downtown community, and with experience in local Alaskan politics, the Alaskan legislature, and local grassroots organization, he is perfectly positioned to bring people together to create the policies we need to ensure a healthy Downtown. His love of coffee and good company means he will always find time to meet and chat about how you can work together.
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Erinn grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated with her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Langston University, and earned her Masters in Public Administration in 2017. She dedicated her graduate studies to community arts and their link to both social and economic prosperity. She was the 2013 Walton Area Chamber’s Best Volunteer at their renowned Celebrity Waiter Dinner Fundraiser for her over the top performance of “White Rabbit” and sat as the Vice-chair on the Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council Events, Activities, Arts & Culture Committee from 2013-2014. After volunteering with The REP Theatre of Seaside, Florida for 7 years in 2017, Erinn began working as the Director of Marketing & Sponsorships with The REP. She works remotely from Anchorage, Alaska in assisting with production and promotion of over 375 events a year to the Gulf Coast of Florida. In her free time she enjoys camping, paddle boarding, photography and petting every single dog.
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Paul came to work with Anchorage Downtown Partnership after serving as a Marine in the United States Marine Corps for 24 years. Paul Paul oversees the Safety and Maintenance Ambassador program for the Downtown Improvement District in addition to managing external contracts and event rentals. The Ambassadors program ensures that Downtown Anchorage is clean, safe and walkable for the downtown businesses, property owners and visitors who come into Downtown on a daily basis.
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We are BEYOND excited to share Rosie Frankowski’s news and to announce that ADP has an official Olympian on our team! Rosie, you are a rockstar! Good Luck with your endeavors in PyeongChang in February! Downtown Anchorage will be rooting for you! Check out the announcement here!
A major theme that I heard in my first year at the Downtown Partnership was that Anchorage residents were unclear about what exactly we did as an organization. Some folks would sing the praises of our Security Ambassadors but have no idea we organized the Tree Lighting Ceremony or they got their ice-melt delivered in the winter but had no idea that we did youth employment training in the summers. This confusion went the other way as well. We still field calls for the Fire Department and Parking Authority. What struck me then and what impresses me every day now is that there has been one person that has steadily stewarded all the things that we do (and helpfully addresses the needs that are not necessarily our role) for nearly a decade.
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The Maintenance Team provides supplemental services for downtown Anchorage within the approximately 113 blocks of the DID. Maybe you have seen them on the street picking up trash, responding to graffiti, or at one of the many events that take place throughout Downtown.
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As the “eyes and ears” of Downtown, Security Ambassadors (SAs) serve and assist local businesses and our thousands of visitors as they patrol the streets.
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