The Team

  • Emilie Cameron

    Emilie Cameron

    President & CEO

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    Hailing from Sacramento, California, prior to joining the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Cameron held the role of Vice President for Sacramento’s top public relations/public affairs agency, Randle Communications. Cameron championed catalytic downtown projects and the revitalization of Sacramento’s urban core as District Affairs & Development Director at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership from 2015 to 2021 where she worked closely with property and business owners and stakeholders overseeing the organization’s growing public policy, economic development, external affairs, public relations and marketing programs.

    Cameron graduated from the University of California, Davis. Named one of Sacramento’s Top 40 Under 40 by the Sacramento Business Journal in 2012, she has been a constant advocate for the local business community. Cameron served as 1st Vice Chair on the California Downtown Association board of directors and was a member of the ULI Sacramento Women in Leadership Committee and Greater Sacramento Regional Council for Make-A-Wish Northeastern and Central California and Northern Nevada. A past participant in the International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leader Program and Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber’s Catalyst Leadership Program, Cameron also previously served on the Sacramento Metro Chamber board of directors and ULI Sacramento executive board. In 2014, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Sacramento Metro Chamber and PR Professional of the Year by the Sacramento Public Relations Association.

  • Amber Peckham

    Amber Peckham

    Administrative & Executive Assistant

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    A California native turned Spokanite, Amber worked for Inland Northwest Bank for 13 years before leaving on a military assignment in 2013 that lasted a total of six years at three different bases. During that time she raised her two sons and began classes for her BA in Human Resource Development from Brandman University. Returning to Spokane in 2019, Amber now enjoys playing all sports with her boys, exercising and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Her favorite thing to do downtown is walk through Riverfront Park in the spring and summer, and in the winter eat and drink at all the fabulous restaurants we have downtown.

    Amber is ecstatic to be a part the DSP team and to see the results of everything we do in downtown Spokane.

  • Andrew Rolwes

    Andrew Rolwes

    Vice President

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    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

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    Elisabeth Hooker is the Marketing and Programming Director for the Downtown Spokane Partnership, where she fosters programs, events, and campaigns to highlight over 800 businesses located within the urban core of the City of 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. Alongside multiple committees, Elisabeth has served as a board member for the Spokane Lilac Festival Association, the Spokane Scholars Foundation, and the Women Helping Women Fund Spokane.

    • Advertising and Communications
    • Events and Activations
  • Kevin Campbell

    Kevin Campbell

    Business Relations Coordinator

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    Kevin comes to Spokane by way of Anchorage, Alaska, where he was born and he raised. After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he returned to Anchorage where he worked for five years as an account executive for a marketing and advertising agency. He is thrilled to be a part of the DSP team and do all he can to make downtown one of the best places to live and play. In his spare time Kevin can be found on the volleyball courts, checking out the latest local brewery, or hiking and running around all of the great outdoors the Inland Northwest has to offer.

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

    Maria Marciales Vom Saal

    Finance & Accounting Manager

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    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 explore Spokane's music scene in her free time, or take a walk at the park with her dog Mozart.

    • Finance
  • Kim Larsen

    Kim Larsen

    Human Resources & Accounting Associate

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    Kim Larsen moved to Spokane in 2015 from Oregon and joined the Downtown Spokane Partnership in June of 2022. Previously Larsen held the position of Human Resources Manager at the Spokane Symphony, and holds a SHRM-CP designation as a Human Resources Professional. Prior to moving to Spokane, Larsen worked primarily in education, working at all levels from daycare through college. Larsen owned a photography studio for ten years and, along with her husband and two daughters, she enjoys camping, gardening, and spending lots of time at Silverwood.

    • Human Resources and Hiring
    • Ratepayer and Member Billing
    • Directory Maintenance
  • Mark Gelhaus

    Mark Gelhaus

    Clean & Safe Operations Director

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    Born in Spokane, Mark grew up on the family farm just to the south on the rolling hills of the Palouse. During his growing up years, downtown Spokane was the center of shopping, business, dining and entertainment for his family and he has witnessed firsthand many significant changes which transformed downtown through the years; from the departure of the railyards to make way for Expo ‘74, to the development of River Park Square and the re-birth of the Davenport Hotel. Mark is passionate about service and about contributing to the vibrancy of the downtown experience, not only as the pulse center of Spokane, but also of the surrounding Inland Northwest. Mark’s vision is focused on addressing today’s challenges while building for the generations to come. He joined the Downtown Spokane Partnership staff in June of 2021 and brings a wealth of business and customer service experience developed from over 20 years of work in the medical and service industries in and around downtown. Mark’s free time is spent enjoying time together with his wife Kathie, their children and grandchildren.