About IDA

All of us at IDA are excited to release the new IDA website and member database. Not only is the member experience greatly improved, but our new system will provide enhanced and direct access to member resources in the Knowledge Center, new illustrative organization profiles, and most importantly, begin to harness the power of data - making IDA the central hub of place management industry intelligence. Visit downtown.org to get started today. Please note: the old website with domain ida-downtown.org will be accessible for a short time longer, but information will not be updated.

IDA Vision

The International Downtown Association is a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. Through its network of diverse practitioners, its rich body of knowledge, and its unique capacity to nurture community-building partnerships, IDA provides tools, intelligence and strategies for creating healthy and dynamic centers that anchor the well-being of towns, cities and regions of the world.

IDA Mission

The International Downtown Association connects diverse practitioners who transform cities into healthy and vibrant urban places.

2020 Strategic Plan

IDA is excited to unveil a new strategic plan that outlines organizational goals through 2020. Click here to view the plan (PDF).

Meet the Rebranded IDA

For decades urban place management leaders and IDA members have been undertaking the hard work of city building: waking up each day, thinking about how to improve their piece of the city, activate a space, fill a vacancy, and make a neighborhood more livable. It’s time for the wizard to come out from behind the curtain and show the world we are an industry that can solve 21st century challenges. City building is synonymous with professional urban space management. In 2016, we launched the next era of IDA: an organization built upon the diversity and strength of our members, and our passion for city building. Learn more about Inspired Leaders Shaping Cities, our new narrative and our brand new look. Watch a video about the new brand.

The Value of Collaboration

In 2016, The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) selected the International Downtown Association (IDA) and its members to showcase the value of collaboration in improving urban centers. IDA members have been shaping vibrant cities for decades. Learn more about this inspiring industry and an IDA member in your city. Watch the video.


Board of Directors

Click here to view the IDA Board of Directors.


IDA Staff



David T. Downey, CAE, President & CEO
As President and Chief Executive Officer, David is responsible for the overall strategic positioning of IDA as a world leader and champion for vital and livable urban centers. Prior to joining the IDA, David served as the Managing Director for the American Institute of Architects’ Urban Design Center and as Executive Director for the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. David has been a city advocate since 1989 having received his degree in Architecture and Design with a focus on Urban Design from Lawrence Technological University. He is currently serving on the boards of the Mount Vernon Triangle CID in Washington, DC and the Responsible Hospitality Institute. David, his wife Margie and three sons have called Northern Virginia home since 2004.


Tracie Clemmer, Director of Corporate Relations
Tracie joined the IDA team in January 2007 and developed the sponsorship and exhibit programs. She enjoys connecting members with partners of IDA.  Her attention was refocused in 2015 to offer the private sector new opportunities to engage with those leading urban revitalization efforts.  Developing corporate partnerships enables growth and provides members with valuable resources to keep cities thriving.  Prior to joining IDA, Tracie was a research specialist and led the information-gathering effort to build particular legal practice areas and provided strategic planning services to law firms considering a merger or expansion. Tracie is a proud Roanoke College alum that loves to travel with her family.


Carolyn Dellutri, Director of Professional Development
Carolyn joined the IDA team to lead professional development programs and ensure place management resources, services, and events meet the needs of IDA’s diverse membership. Prior to joining IDA, Carolyn worked as the Senior Director of Programs and Services for the National Main Street Center and was the Executive Director of three downtown programs in the Chicago region over the past 15 years. Carolyn received her certification through the National Main Street Center and is a Certified Tourism Professional through the National Tour Association. She is also a graduate of the International Economic Development Council certification program. Carolyn and her husband Tom live in Evanston, Illinois and enjoy exploring downtowns and finding those unique local one of a kind businesses.


Dennis N. Carpenter II, IOM, Director of Membership
Dennis joined the IDA team in May 2017 where he now serves in the capacity of Director of Membership. Dennis brings more than 15 years of membership experience with nonprofit organizations, including both trade and professional associations. During his career, he has developed a reputation within the association management community for successfully developing membership strategies, building membership value and working with volunteer committees. Dennis received a B.A. in Organization Management and a B.A. in Psychology from Ashford University in San Diego, CA. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Management (MPM) at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.


Rebecca Bishophall, Manager, Membership Services
Rebecca manages the IDA Downtown Achievement Awards program and works to ensure members are utilizing the resources IDA provides. Rebecca hosts many of the webinars and is responsible for support of IDA’s programs and special projects and support to the IDA Board of Directors. Rebecca graduated from Trinity University in Washington, DC, in May 2006. She joined the IDA staff in August of that year. Rebecca received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication.


Cathy Lin, Director of Research
Cathy joined the IDA team in June 2018. She leads in-house research efforts to provide the most up-to-date information about IDA member organizations and the place management industry, including working with the Board of Directors and IDA’s members to strategize research goals and directives. Prior to joining IDA, Cathy was a project manager at the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, and a planner on the strategic research team at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore. Cathy has a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from Northwestern University. In her spare time, she enjoys tasting new types of food, exploring neighborhoods and attempting to learn more languages.


Tyler Breazeale, Research Coordinator
Tyler joined the IDA team in May of 2018. Prior to joining the team, Tyler worked for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance as a researcher executing data collection and analysis projects to inform reports and studies on economic development trends in Raleigh. Tyler graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.S. in Community and Regional Planning and a concentration in Geographic Information Systems. At IDA, he compiles and analyzes data for a wide range of research projects as part of the research team. Tyler lives in Washington, D.C, and has a passion for urban exploration, Cuban sandwiches, and laughing at his own jokes.


Allison Shashok, Marketing & Communications Manager
Allison Shashok joined IDA in March 2017. Prior to joining the team, Allison worked for a hospitality company in Los Angeles overseeing media and community relations, and design. She was a member of the board of directors and the marketing committee for the Old Pasadena Management District. Allison holds Communications and English Literature degrees from Boston University. At IDA, she publishes the newsletters, manages the website and social media outlets, and oversees marketing and public relations. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring cities around the world and volunteering at the local animal shelter.


Lul Teklit, Meeting Planner
Lul joined the IDA team in April 2019, working closely with the team to plan, implement and support IDA programs and events. Prior to joining the team, Lul worked for a meeting planning company, solely focusing on healthcare/global pharmaceutical companies in Indianapolis, IN. She worked as the project executive, in conjunction with project managers, to complete multiple meetings and events in line with the lifecycle of a drug. Lul graduated from Indiana University in Indianapolis with a B.S. in Human Resources and Business Management, with an Event Management Certificate. Being able to travel for work, Lul has been able to attend a true flamenco show in Madrid, execute a meeting at the New York Stock Exchange for the closing bell, climb to the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna and watch the Eiffel tower illuminate at night to name a few!


Danielle Eugene, Operations Manager
Danielle Eugene is the Operations Manager for IDA. Danielle is a proud graduate of the University of Florida. Go Gators! She’s passionate about yoga and traveling. Some of her most awe inspiring travel memories include sunrise yoga on the turquoise coast of Turkey, flying over Greenland, driving along Big Sur and watching a cheetah catch his dinner in Hluhluwe Game Reserve in South Africa.

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