August 15, 2019
Jacqueline Gruber is the Sr. Economic Development Manager for the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), a business improvement district and member-based non-profit organization focused exclusively on making downtown Seattle a great place to live, work, shop and play. She works with public and private stakeholders to balance the functional needs of a growing downtown, with the careful art of placemaking.
Gruber spends her time collaborating on public realm design, parks activation, real estate projects, and transportation policy to keep downtown economically-competitive and to create an inviting experience for all. Given her background in urban planning, she looks at solutions through the lens of economic development, applying expertise in real estate development, retail, transportation, and the public realm.
These are just a few of the reasons we chose Gruber to be one of the Seattle & Pacific Northwest 2019 Next Generation Award winners. Connect Media’s third annual Next Generation Awards recognize young leaders in the commercial real estate industry who are likely to be influential for years to come.
A dedicated urbanist, Gruber draws inspiration by traveling to other cities to partake in adventures, such as riding transit during rush hour, frequenting local markets, and lingering in pocket parks. She holds a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University, is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is an International Downtown Association Emerging Leader Fellow.
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