GR Forward Goal 4 Alliance Expand Job Opportunity & Ensure Continued Vitality of the Local Economy

The GR Forward Goal 4 Alliance is a citizen-led council that advises DGRI staff on programs and projects related that enable Downtown GR's economy and business climate to thrive. Click here to read more about GR Forward Goal 4 background, purpose and recommendations. (PDF)

The Alliance brings together people with different knowledge, perspectives, and backgrounds to solve problems, identity opportunities, and support the day-to-day work of improving Grand Rapids' central city.

Appointed by the DGRI Board of Advisors, members typically have personal interest and/or professional expertise in finance, education, entretpreneurship, small business ownership and economic development. 

The Alliance meets regularly and provides the DGRI management staff with critical input that drives organizational budgets, programs, events, projects, incentives, and services.


  1. Jorge Gonzalez, Chair

    Start Garden

  2. Ace Marasigan

    Old National Bank

  3. Alex Caceres

    United Bank

  4. Attah Obande

    Spring GR

  5. Brandy McCallum

    AHC Hospitality

  6. Brianna Vasquez de Pereira

    Kent Schools Services Network

  7. Farida Islam

    Blue Cross Blue Shield

  8. Jason McClearen

    The Everyday Chef

  9. Jessica Ledesma

    Ferris State University

  10. Kara Wood

    City of Grand Rapids, Economic Development

  11. Kareem Scales

    New York Life

  12. Kristian Grant

    Mini Mogul Academy

  13. Mark Breon

    Spectrum Health

  14. Omar Cuevas

    Grand Rapids Chamber

  15. Scott Stenstrom

    Fifth Third Bank

  16. Tim Mroz

    The Right Place

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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  1. Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. 29 Pearl St. Suite 1 Grand Rapids, 49503
  2. Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. 29 Pearl St. Suite 1 Grand Rapids, 49503
  3. Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. Lyon Room 29 Pearl St NW Suite 1 Grand Rapids 49503