The Team

  • Mark Richard

    Mark Richard

    President and CEO


    Born and raised in Spokane, Mark joined the DSP in January of 2013. He received a degree in Government from Eastern Washington University and gained an extensive knowledge of Spokane and the surrounding area through his 10 years selling real estate and five years serving as the Government Affairs Director for the Association of REALTORS and Spokane Home Builders. He then went on to serve two four-year terms as County Commissioner focusing on criminal justice system reforms, economic development, regional collaboration among jurisdictions, and championing services to care for those who genuinely cannot care for themselves. Mark enjoys spending his free time rooting for the Eastern Washington University Eagles and enjoying quality time with his two daughters and wonderful wife of 25 years.

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    Brenda Nelson

    Executive Assistant


    Born in Southern California, Brenda attended High School in Kirkland, Washington before earning a Sport Management degree from Washington State University. After graduation, Brenda spent five years working for Colorado’s Keystone Resort, eventually managing Ski Tip Ranch, the Resort’s historic Bed and Breakfast and gourmet restaurant. Missing the Northwest and family, she moved to back to Spokane and hasn’t left! Brenda was the Executive Assistant for the Spokane Chiefs and the Brett Sports family of teams for 25 years before joining the Downtown Spokane Partnership staff. Besides participating in all the spectacular outdoor activities Spokane has to offer, Brenda enjoys sports, cooking and hanging out with friends. She has one son, a Whitworth University graduate, who resides in Spokane.

    • Board Management
    • Office Management
  • Andrew Rolwes

    Andrew Rolwes

    Vice President of Public Policy & Parking


    Spokane native, Andrew brought several years of relevant experience to the DSP starting in 2007, most recently as an Army Officer where he worked closely with Iraqi government officials in northern Iraq. Andrew has focused his tenure at the DSP on program and project management and is passionate about developing downtown’s public realm. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from EWU and spends his free time with his wife and three children.

    • Public Policy
    • Parking Programs
    • Parking Advisory Committee
  • Elisabeth Hooker

    Elisabeth Hooker

    Marketing & Programming Director


    Born and raised in Spokane, Elisabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Washington State University and has enjoyed building her career in the Inland Northwest. Prior to joining the DSP in April of 2014, Elisabeth spent a decade at STCU building educational programs for youth and adults as well as cultivating community programs and volunteerism. Elisabeth currently serves on the Spokane Scholars Foundation Board and the Women Helping Women Fund Spokane Board.

    • Advertising and Communications
    • Events and Activations
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    Business Relations Coordinator


    New member coming on board January 2020.

    • Ratepayer Relations
    • Member Retention
    • Business and Resource Management
  • Maria Marciales Vom Saal

    Maria Marciales Vom Saal

    Finance & Accounting Manager


    Maria holds an MBA in Global Management from Dominican University of California located in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she most recently worked with premier companies, such as Marin Symphony, Pasha Group, and Littler Mendelson in San Francisco. At Marin Symphony, Maria worked together with the Director of Operations & Finance, Treasure, Executive Committee members, and the Executive Director to enhance its financial structure. Leading the symphony’s new budget across all departments for a grounded and unified budget structure. She was also responsible for the development of a number of initiatives supporting the overall organization strategy of financial improvements and revenue growth. Maria’s diverse analysis consulting experience and business leadership background will add to the DSP in its continued commitment to innovation. She likes to go to the Spokane Symphony concerts with her husband Jeff on her free time, or taking a walk at the park with their dog Mozart.

    • Finance
  • Gina Hankal

    Gina Hankal

    Accounting/Database Associate


    Gina returned to Spokane for the third time in March of 2014, having moved between three different states throughout her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and resides on a farm having recently added two pygmy goats to the family menagerie.  Gina is an avid reader of mystery/crime novels and shopping is her therapy and exercise.  Gina’s favorite thing to do in downtown Spokane is Eat, drink and be merry! As well as taking the kids to Riverfront Park.

    • Ratepayer Billing
    • Directory Maintenance
  • Dan Hall

    Dan Hall

    Director of Ambassadors & Clean Team


    Dan Hall has worked for the Downtown Spokane Partnership as a Security Ambassador since 1998 and was promoted to Operations Coordinator in May of 2007. Dan brings a working knowledge of Downtown Spokane, as well as retail management and construction experience. Dan helps with the Clean Team, and continues to serve part time as a Security Ambassador. Dan was also the recipient of the 2010 CTA Star Award, as part of the Spokane Regional CVB's Tourism Awards.

    • Operations
    • Safety