Get Involved and Shape Downtown

Get the most out of your DSA membership! We offer a variety of ways for members to get involved, stay informed and meet other members. From our large annual events to monthly breakfast forums, and from roundtables to committees, we’ve got something for everyone. We also encourage you to stay connected with the DSA community through our monthly newsletter, eblasts and social media.

Downtown Download

This free, bimonthly afternoon meeting is open to all DSA members interested in staying informed about the issues and initiatives shaping downtown. Each meeting features an in-depth presentation on one or two major topics related to DSA’s strategic priorities: transportation and access; economic development; and the urban experience. These discussions are led by DSA Board members, external experts or DSA partners. Following the deep dive, there’s a quick discussion on a handful of other timely issues impacting downtown. Specific topics will be promoted prior to each session.

  • Chairs: Ken Lederman, Foster Pepper PLLC, and DSA Board member; Sung Yang, Pacific Public Affairs, and DSA Board member
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit and residential DSA members.
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Third Avenue Committee

Third Avenue suffers from a poorly maintained streetscape, an oversaturation of buses, public safety issues and underperforming ground-floor retail. Several improvement efforts have taken place over the last two decades, but none have had a lasting impact. Two years ago, DSA established a public-private Third Avenue Task Force to oversee near-term improvements and develop a long-term vision for this important downtown corridor. With those efforts now underway, the next phase of work will be guided by a Third Avenue Committee, which will meet as needed at key milestones.

  • Chairs: Kathy O’Kelley, Hines, and DSA Board member; Sabrina Villanueva, Clise Properties
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit DSA members on a first-come, first served basis.
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Pike Pine Sounding Board

DSA has worked with the city of Seattle and downtown stakeholders to shape the Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape Design Vision. Now, the city and its partners are investing $40 million to design and construct pedestrian improvements along Pike and Pine Streets. To ensure appropriate community and stakeholder input, the sounding board reviews designs and provides feedback on elements of the design and key priorities.

Membership: Key stakeholders impacted by this project will be invited to participate in sounding board sessions.

Parks & Public Space Committee

The Parks & Public Space Committee ensures that DSA’s work in the public realm is coordinated, cohesive and collaborative as we seek to take care of persistent troubled areas, improve high-traffic, high-impact spaces and expand our work in downtown urban parks and public spaces.

  • Co-chairs: Jim Werth, Ivar’s Restaurants, and MID Advisory Board member; Jane Lewis, Pine Street Group L.L.C., and DSA Board member
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit DSA members and MID ratepayers.
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Communications & Marketing Roundtable

This group of communications and marketing professionals from DSA companies/organizations meets quarterly over lunch to learn about key campaigns going on at DSA, provide periodic feedback and network with each other.

  • Co-chairs: Bernie Griffin, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and DSA Board member; Natalie Price, Allison+Partners, and DSA Board member 
  • Membership: Open to corporate/nonprofit DSA members in communications, marketing, sales and related fields.
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Residents Council Steering Committee

DSA’s Residents Council provides a forum for resident members to connect and work together on issues and projects of common interest. The Residents Council is represented by a 20-person steering committee that acts as a sounding board for residential issues.

  • Chair: Michelle Rusk, Foster Pepper PLLC
  • Membership: Resident members may apply in spring 2020.
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MID Clean & Safe Committee

This committee of Metropolitan Improvement District ratepayers receive updates on what our Clean, Safe and Outreach teams are doing to support ratepayers within the Metropolitan Improvement District. Members will be asked to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.

  • Chair: Laura Humiston, downtown resident
  • Membership: Open to MID Ratepayers.
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Contact Info

If you’re interested in getting involved with DSA but aren’t sure what opportunity is best for you, please contact our Member Relations team: