Executive Board

Working hard to build a community and strengthen the voice of downtown Cleveland Residents.

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Alan O’Connell


Alan O’Connell is an urban planner and native Clevelander living in the Gateway District. In his free time he enjoys playing guitar, autocross racing, and boxing.

Julianne Putano

Vice President

Julianne Putano moved to Cleveland 3 years ago and fell in love with the city immediately. She lives in the Warehouse District and loves discovering new restaurants and dive bars. If she’s not working and sipping a cappuccino at Phoenix Coffee, she’s most likely at home making pasta.

Cassandra Shearer


Cassandra Shearer comes from Brisbane, Australia and has been calling Downtown Cleveland home for the last 1.5 years, living in the Warehouse District. In her down time she enjoys reading, baking and taking advantage of everything that Downtown Cleveland has to offer.

Kate Hribar


Kate Hribar moved to downtown Cleveland in 2014 and currently resides in the NineTwelve district. Some of her favorite things to do include shopping at the West Side Market, practicing yoga and visiting coffee shops.

Karie Casper

Civic Director

Karie Casper moved to downtown Cleveland in 2014 but has lived in Ohio her whole life. She currently lives in the Warehouse District and loves that there’s always something to do. You can bet Karie is always looking to buy a cheap last minute ticket for a concert or to attend any Cleveland sports events. If it’s sports you better believe she’s only there for her friends and drinks. In her free time Karie takes adult piano classes, volunteers with the Hunger Network and networks with her sisters at Together Digital.

Joseph Fredrickson

External Director

Joseph Fredrickson is a passionate downtown resident. He moved to Cleveland to open Society Lounge on East 4th where he helps serve some of the best cocktails in the city. Joey lives at the Garfield and can be seen power walking the town with his small dog Webster and a cup of espresso in hand.

Joe Gramc

Membership Director

Joe Gramc moved to Downtown Cleveland in 2013. He and his wife are happy to be a downtown homeowners and are always advocating for more “For Sale” properties downtown. You can frequently find Joe strolling through downtown on the weekends (he walks everywhere, even over the bridge). He’s one of the first people you’d want to ask for a restaurant recommendation in the city. He’s also life long Cleveland sports fan.

Craig James

Advisory Board Member

Craig James is an executive coach, strategist/advisor, writer, speaker, facilitator, and modern philosopher. He is an Information Technology Industry veteran and Co-Founder/Managing Partner of CatalystStrategies (a.k.a. Cat-Strat Services) a strategic advisory firm that helps organizations stop—and think. He is currently Co-President of Conscious Capitalism Northeastern Ohio (CCNEO) and serves on the Downtown Cleveland Residents Advisory Board

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