New Staff and Promotions Round Out Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s Talented Team

(June 15, 2021) – Downtown Sacramento Partnership, the not-for-profit organization that manages the state’s first established property-based improvement district (PBID), has recognized the contributions of staff with recent promotions and expanded the organization’s deep bench of local talent with the addition of five new team members.

“In a year of economic challenges and uncertainty, we’ve remained committed to enhancing our programs and services,” said Michael Ault, executive director of the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “We’ve assembled an incredible team that has the experience and passion to support our region’s economic engine for continued growth.”

After more than 5 years leading the Downtown Partnership’s public affairs and communications arms, Emilie Cameron was recently named District Affairs and Development Director. The newly created position leverages her strategic expertise to strengthen the district’s economic and market position while directing ongoing revitalization efforts across communications, business development, research, and policy.

A key part of the team is its new Policy Advocate, Liz Lorand Williams. Leading monitoring and engagement on policy priorities to build a stronger, more competitive urban core, Williams’ prior experience leading membership with the California Restaurant Association brings a depth of knowledge on issues affecting one of Downtown’s largest industries.

Working alongside Williams is Tania Perez Muskopf, who joined the organization in the newly created Business Development Manager position in late 2020. Muskopf’s business assistance and development efforts have proven to be critical elements of the Downtown Partnership’s ongoing efforts to respond to new challenges and opportunities facing downtown stakeholders. Muskopf’s work is supported with key insights and market knowledge managed by Isiah Shingu, who after more than four years with the organization was recently promoted to Senior Research Analyst.

Overseeing information measuring the progress of Downtown toward a healthy recovery has required an elevated marketing and communications capacity. Since 2016, Nicole Grialou has been critical to the refinement of the “Downtown Sac” brand identity and application of the Downtown Partnership’s marketing efforts. Grialou was promoted to Senior Marketing Manager in 2020 and now oversees a growing marketing and communications team that includes new team members Emily Hoffman as Communications Specialist and Geoanna Santana as Digital Communications Specialist.

Establishing Downtown as a hub for innovation, work and play has depended on a skilled Public Space Services team, including the newly promoted Amelia Chew as Events Specialist and hire of Lance McDaniel as Field Services Program Manager.

Previously a political and advocacy manager with a local media company, McDaniel fills a newly created position focused on working with members of the public, constituents and a recently restructured Maintenance and Field Services Division to create solutions for a diverse range of issues related to public space management.

As the region looks forward to recovery and reopening, the Downtown Partnership remains committed to fueling investment, progress and vibrancy for the heart of the region. The organization continues to interview and hire for open positions in the Maintenance and Field Services Division. For more information, visit