State of Downtown 2021

Recovery Starts Here

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

Noon–1:30 p.m.


  • DSA Members, Member Employees & MID Ratepayers: Free
  • Nonmembers: $50


Register Today

Join us for State of Downtown 2021 as we livestream our annual signature event from the historic Smith Tower in downtown Seattle.

DSA President & CEO Jon Scholes will look back on the events and issues that shaped 2020 and explore what post-pandemic recovery looks like for downtown and Seattle. A cross-section of high-profile local leaders will also share perspectives on Seattle’s future — from the outlook on our retail, arts and tourism sectors to the importance of public safety and inclusivity in our recovery.

Guests will receive a digital copy of our highly anticipated State of Downtown report.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Special thanks to presenting sponsor Lane Powell PC. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Carolyn Tow at

Event Emcee

Monique Ming Laven

Monique Ming Laven
Anchor, KIRO7 News

Monique Ming Laven is an award-winning journalist and anchor of Seattle’s KIRO-TV News. Prior to her 2006 arrival in Seattle, Monique reported and anchored stations throughout Midwest, earning the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Series and the Associated Press Award for Best Documentary.

Our Expert Contributors Include:

Pamela Banks

Pamela Banks
Director of Recovery & Equitable Investments, City of Seattle

In December 2020, Pamela Banks was appointed by Mayor Durkan to this newly created role. Pamela was previously the President & CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and prior to that served in various positions for the city of Seattle.

Carmen Best

Carmen Best
Retired Chief of Police, City of Seattle and Law-enforcement Analyst

Carmen Best served in the Seattle Police Department for nearly 30 years, rising to lead the department as Chief of Police in 2018. In 2020, she retired from SPD and became a NBC/MSNBC contributor and a KING 5 Law-enforcement Analyst.

Michael Greer

Michael Greer
President & CEO, ArtsFund

Michael Greer joined ArtsFund in June 2020, after an extensive national search for the role. A former professional dancer, he previously served as executive director of the Oregon Ballet. He’ll lead ArtsFund through a dynamic and changing cultural environment.

Tod Leiweke

Tod Leiweke
CEO, Seattle Kraken

As CEO of the Seattle Kraken, Tod Leiweke is responsible for fielding a competitive NHL expansion team scheduled to take the ice this fall at Climate Pledge Arena. The arena is currently undergoing a $1.6 billion renovation while Kraken practice facilities are in development at Northgate.

Jamie Nordstrom

Jamie Nordstrom
President of Stores, Nordstrom

A fourth-generation family member, Jamie Nordstrom began his career in the stockroom of Nordstrom’s Bellevue location in 1986. He now supports the strategic direction and daily success of the retailer’s 100 stores.

Tom Norwalk

Tom Norwalk
President & CEO, Visit Seattle

For the past 12 years, Tom Norwalk has led Visit Seattle, the private, nonprofit marketing organization that promotes Seattle as a destination for international and domestic leisure travel, meetings and conventions. Tom also spent nearly 20 years in various roles with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presented by

Lane Powell PC






Lease Crutcher Lewis

Seneca Group

Vulcan Real Estate

Media Partner



In cooperation with

Metropolitan Improvement District


Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
Chief Seattle Club
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
McCullough Hill Leary, PS
Pacifica Law Group
Seattle Bank
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Stokes Lawrence PS
Washington Holdings
ZGF Architects LLP

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