"The corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including, but not limited to, combating community deterioration and lessening neighborhood tensions, and including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future tax code." - DCRA Articles of Incorporation

Our Mission

The DCRA mission is to foster communication, education, and civic participation between primary downtown stakeholders: residents, businesses, and the City of Cleveland.

Organizational Structure

The DCRA is a diverse group of residents who share a vision of a safe, vibrant, and connected urban center. Founded in October 2010, and recognized by the City of Cleveland as a Community Relations Board, the non-profit residents association is open for registration to any member of the downtown community. DCRA By Laws

Our Vision

The DCRA vision is to help promote communication and understanding between downtown stakeholders and eliminate prejudice and discrimination within our boundaries. The association gives a unified voice to the people who live, learn, work, and play in the urban center and wish a say in policies guiding future downtown growth and development.

Residents for Residents: Safety, Education, Amenities


Downtown Living Advocacy

Encourage others to live in our community by creating relevant content highlighting the benefits of living, learning, working, and playing downtown.  Bi-monthly Urban Hikes, Visitor tours, and events notifications are offered. Please see calendar for more information.

Community Building

1. Make downtown more identifiable as a true neighborhood community by unifying residents in different areas of downtown including Asia Town, the Historic Warehouse District, the Historic Gateway District, Theater/Avenue District, Campus District, and East/West Bank Flats. 

2. Connect neighborhood residents and serve as a conduit for timely community information.

3. Actively engage the community to establish priorities by organizing meetings to discuss downtown issues including safety, education, and quality of life issues.

Our Team

Executive Board

President - Jonathan Whigham   president@downtownresidents.org

Vice President - Alan O'Connell vicepresident@downtownresidents.org

Secretary - Cassandra Manna    secretary@downtownresidents.org

Treasurer - Ken Mountcastle       treasurer@downtownresidents.org

Committee Chairs

Urban Development - Nora Hoxha development@downtownresidents.org

Events and Fundraising - Julianne Putano events@downtownresidents.org

Governance - Kevin Saunders   governance@downtownresidents.org

Strategic Development - Rachel Verbos strategy@downtownresidents.org

Community Outreach - Josh Jones community@downtownresidents.org