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.
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
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 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 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 Intermountain Northwest has to offer.
- Ratepayer Relations
- Member Retention
- Business and Resource Management
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.
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.
- Human Resources and Hiring
- Ratepayer and Member Billing
- Directory Maintenance
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.