GR Forward Goal 2 Alliance Develop a true Downtown Neighborhood Home to a Diverse Population

The GR Forward Goal 2 Alliance is a citizen-led council that advises DGRI staff on projects and programs related to establishing Downtown Grand Rapids as a vibrant residential neighborhood home to a diverse population. Click here to read more about GR Forward Goal 2 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 a range of quality of life issues, including housing, community development, social services, retail and neighborhood organizing.

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


  1. Monica App, Chair

    Rockford Construction

  2. Aaron Terpstra

    City of Grand Rapids, Mobile GR

  3. Brian Grooms


  4. Daniel Kvamme

    City of Grand Rapids

  5. Danielle Rowland

    State Farm

  6. Dave Nitkiewicz

    Experience Grand Rapids

  7. Jacey Ehmann

    Metric Structures

  8. Jenn Schaub

    Dwelling Place

  9. Katy Hallgren

    RJM Design

  10. Landon Jones

    Wolverine Building Group

  11. Latesha Lipscomb

    City of Grand Rapids

  12. Latrisha Sosebee

    Dwelling Place

  13. Sarah J. Green

    The Rapid, Heritage Hill

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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  1. GR Forward Goal 2 Alliance Meeting DGRI (29 Pearl St NW Suite 1)