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

    CEO of Grand Rapids Public School Foundation

  2. Hannah Berry, Co-Chair

    Lions & Rabbits Art Gallery

  3. Adrienne Brown-Reasner


  4. Derek Call


  5. Julio Cano

    Spectrum Health / Latino Community Coalition

  6. Kyle DeGroff

    DeGroff Designs

  7. Emily Evers

    Artists Creating Together

  8. Kate Burke

    Downtown Market Grand Rapids

  9. Amelea Pegman

    Common Notice

  10. Lisa Knight

    DV Apple Logistics

  11. Rachel McKay


  12. Evette Pittman

    City of Grand Rapids, Special Events

  13. Reb Roberts

    Sanctuary Folk Art

  14. Maddie Schaub

    Development Officer for University of Michigan Health-West

  15. Eddie Tadlock

    ASM Global

  16. Valerie Wahna

    VR Designs

  17. Katherine Williams

    Spectrum Health

  18. Catherine Zietse

    City of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation

  19. Katie Moore


Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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