The St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) has a variety of committees that need dedicated volunteers like you to help make downtown an even better neighborhood than it already is.
The Advocacy Committee is currently chaired by Lindsay Pattan, and its focus is to develop and implement strategies to communicate and enact the positions of DNA. They will work with residents, small businesses, media outlets, elected officials, and governmental employees to accomplish their goals.
The Development Committee is currently chaired by Mealie Fries and Robert Gibson, and its focus is to seek out new revenue streams for DNA, create volunteer opportunities for members, and manage the fundraising infrastructure of the association.
The Events Committee is currently chaired by Don Hawf, and its focus is to organize the DNA happy hours and other social events. This includes contacting local bars/restaurants to arrange a space for DNA members to meet and socialize along with negotiating a discount for our members. In the future, this committee will also assist with fundraisers.
The Neighborhood Outreach Committee is currently chaired by Brenton Brown and Lu Green, and its focus is to reach out to downtown residents and small businesses to increase DNA membership and voter registration. This includes meeting with people face-to-face, placing or handing out flyers, and developing building captains and relationships with small businesses to build membership. This committee also oversees the Small Business Collaborative and its efforts to develop a strong small business community in downtown.
The Urban Spaces Committee is currently chaired by Jeannie Bertoli and Josh Restivo, and its purpose is to develop and implement community-driven plans to improve our neighborhood parks, infrastructure, vacant buildings and lots, and other issues affecting the day-to-day use of the urban space in our neighborhood.
The Safety Committee is currently chaired by Dan Pistor, and its focus is to work with residents and employees on strategies to improve neighborhood safety. This includes implementing and sustaining the Neighborhood Ownership Model downtown, which entails meeting with our downtown police officers, working alongside the Circuit Attorney’s Office to conduct court advocacy, hosting neighborhood walks, and any other activities associated with safety.