Cleve has been the executive director of both Capital Crossroads and Discovery SIDs since they were created. He is passionate about urban renewal, density, a robust transit system and walkable, mixed-use development. He leads a small, but mighty team that supports a safe, clean and vibrant downtown. Prior to leading the SIDs, Cleve ran the Columbus Arts Festival and the Short North business association and served as Executive Director of Riverfront Commons Corporation. He received his law degree from Capital Law School and his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster.
Program Director, Downtown C-pass
Kacey has been with the SID since 2006. She has helped run the Pearl Market, and she developed a retail recruitment program to bring retail back downtown. As part of that, she has worked with the Gay Street Collaborative on POP Columbus, an upcoming retail pop-up project. Together with community partners, she launched the Downtown C-pass program, which provides free bus service to Downtown workers within the Capital Crossroads SID. Kacey graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, community development and applied economics.
Director of Engagement
Michelle joined the SIDs in 2015 and supports both special improvement districts with communications and development activities. She has grown Capital Crossroads’ Business Membership program that enables businesses to support the SID’s mission. She also secures sponsorships for the Pearl Market and the Annual Meeting. A downtown resident earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
Deputy Director of Research, Planning & Facilities
Marc has been with the SIDs since 2002. He tracks and analyzes Downtown development and the impact of revitalization projects. His research is featured in the SID’s State of Downtown repot. He also manages capital improvement projects in the Downtown right-of-way and oversees IT and Human Resources. Marc earned a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s in critical cultural studies from The Ohio State University.
Deputy Director of Operations & Advocacy
Lisa is one of the original employees of the SID along with Cleve. She built the clean and safe program from the ground up, and she oversees an award-winning security network that links the public and private sectors in real time. She also manages the SID’s homeless outreach program. Together, these efforts make Downtown one of the safest areas of the city. Lisa has a bachelor’s in sociology from the College of Wooster and a master’s in urban planning, development and design from Cleveland State University.
Cass joined the SID in 2016 and she handles special projects, administration, the SID website and email newsletters. She has a background in legislative affairs, advocacy, community relations and education. Cass has a bachelor’s in communications from Ohio University and a master’s in political science from the University of Akron.
Pearl Market Manager
Sam manages the Pearl Market – the Downtown farmers’ and merchant’ market in Lynn and Pearl Alleys. The pop-up market delivers local produce and products to Downtowners twice a week, June through October, uniting rural quality and urban convenience. Sam is a Columbus native with her bachelor’s in Theatre from THE Ohio State University!
Program Coordinator, Downtown C-pass
Mark joined the SID in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to his work with the Downtown C-pass program. His background includes customer service, community relations, event management, teaching, and translation in settings ranging from international travel to K-12 education. Mark is skilled at engaging with customers and managing programs and initiatives. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Indiana University.