GR Forward Goal 5 Alliance Reinvest in Public Space, Culture & Inclusive Programming

The GR Forward Goal 5 Alliance is a citizen-led council that advises DGRI staff on programs and projects related to growing and increasingly inviting, welcoming and inclusive Downtown. Click here to read more about GR Forward Goal 5 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 special events, tourism, parks, arts and culture.

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


  1. Stephanie Adams, Chair

    Friends of GR Parks

  2. Hannah Berry, Co-Chair

    Lions & Rabbits Art Gallery

  3. Adrienne Brown-Reasner

    Grand Rapids Children's Museum

  4. Derek Call


  5. Julio Cano

    Spectrum Health / Latino Community Coalition

  6. Kyle DeGroff

    Barfly Ventures, LLC

  7. Emily Evers

    Artists Creating Together

  8. Kate Burke

    Downtown Market Grand Rapids

  9. Amelea Gritter

    Common Notice

  10. Amber Kilpatrick

    Blandford Nature Center

  11. Lisa Knight

    Grand Rapids Urban League

  12. Chad LeRoux

    AHC+ Hospitality

  13. Alyson Mabie


  14. Rachel McKay

    Grand Rapids Children's Museum

  15. Nick Nortier

    Old Growth Creative

  16. Thomas Pierce

    GR Pride Center

  17. Evette Pittman

    City of Grand Rapids, Special Events

  18. Reb Roberts

    Sanctuary Folk Art

  19. Maddie Schaub

    Disability Advocates of Kent County

  20. Eddie Tadlock

    ASM Global

  21. Valerie Wahna

    VR Designs

  22. Katherine Williams

    Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

  23. Catherine Zietse

    City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

View Past Meetings
  1. GR Forward Goal 5 Alliance Meeting Virtual Meeting (Instructions to participate in Meeting Agenda Packet)
  2. GR Forward Goal 5 Alliance Meeting Virtual Meeting (Instructions to participate in Meeting Agenda Packet)