DGRI Board of Advisors

Raising a 21st century city requires broad and meaningful community collaboration. Toward this end the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Board of Advisors brings influential leaders from different organizations together around a common table and agenda for building a strong city center.

The Board draws membership from the executive leadership of key community organizations, plus the Chairperson from each of DGRI's fiduciary boards - the DDA, the DID, and the Monroe North TIFA - as well as each of DGRI's citizen-led Alliances.

The DGRI Board of Advisors does not make financial decisions. Rather it provides a structured forum for continuous conversation and heightened collaboration that helps drive DGRI's vision and strategy, encourage mutually reinforcing activities among all participants, and deliver better results for the community.

Board Members

  1. Brian Harris, Chair


  2. Stephanie Andrews

    GR Public School Foundation

  3. Rick Baker

    GR Area Chamber of Commerce

  4. Shaun Biel

    Spectrum Health

  5. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

    City of Grand Rapids

  6. Al Vanderberg

    Kent County

  7. Kayem Dunn


  8. Nikos Monoyios

    The Rapid

  9. Jorge Gonzalez

    Start Garden

  10. Kristian Grant

    Grand Rapids Public Schools

  11. Bob Herr


  12. Kara Wood

    Grand Action 2.0

  13. Doug Small

    Experience Grand Rapids

  14. Monica Steimle-App

    Rockford Construction

  15. Eddie Tadlock


  16. Randy Thelen

    The Right Place

  17. Mark Washington

    City of Grand Rapids

  18. Richard Winn

    AHC Hospitality

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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  1. No meetings currently scheduled.


Performance Management

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. adopted a set of 15 indicators intended to help inform the overall performance and health of Downtown. While some of these items are outside of DGRI's direct control, they do help to indicate the direction that the community is moving relative to various ambitions associated with the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of Downtown. The 15 indicators reflect respective priorities of the DDA, the DID, and the MNTIFA and were also informed by GR Forward and other community planning efforts such as Green Grand Rapids.

Annual Reports

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. works to continually elevate Downtown GR as the best-in-class heart of an American city. The Annual Report reflects on the distance Downtown has traveled in the past year and enlightens the path towards realizing the community's vision for Downtown.

Freedom of Information

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ensures public access to government records. DGRI's FOIA Procedures and Guidelines describe the process and expectations for the public to submit formal requests information. If you seek something specific, give us a call. We will help you find it.