Michael Huber, Executive Director
Michael is an accomplished professional with a history of successfully directing marketing programs, increasing revenue, expanding accounts, and creating organizational value. Before joining DSA, he has worked as the Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of San Joaquin County where he was responsible for serving the interests of partner families across the entire county. As the Executive Director he will be responsible for building a strong DSA team, connecting with the downtown stakeholders, and working with the DSA Board of Directors to advance the Downtown Business Improvement District into the future. Read the full press release (04-03-2018).
Charisse Lowry, Office Manager, CTA
Charisse has been with the Alliance since 1998 when she joined the Hospitality Team. She brought with her a vast experience in customer service and office administration. As a member of the Downtown Hospitality Team, she provided information and support to the area businesses and visitors and gained an in-depth knowledge of Downtown Stockton. Currently working as an Office Manager, Charisse is responsible for office management and administrative support in all five service areas within the Alliance.
Courtney Wood, Economic Development Director, DSELF Administrator, MBA, CTA
Courtney is a two-time University of the Pacific alumna with over ten years of customer service experience, a Master of Business Administration from the Eberhardt School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the College of the Pacific. She came on board at DSA as a Marketing & Events Intern in June 2016 and then, as a Special Projects Assistant, she played a key role in the successful re-certification of the Downtown PBID. In her current role as Economic Development Director & DSELF Administrator, Courtney maintains property owner contact information databases; serves as secretary of the DSELF Board; and collaborates on implementing economic development initiatives. Her goal is to coordinate with both existing and potential downtown property and business owners to foster a vibrant, supportive community and a flourishing, sustainable economy in downtown.
Safety Ambassador Supervisor, CTA
Arndrea Waters was born in Kansas City Missouri where he attended Central High School. He joined the United States Army where he worked in field communications; he also served as a Nuclear Security Specialist and a drill instructor. After moving to California, he served in the reserves at Sharpe Army Depot, and attended San Joaquin Delta College where he majored in radio & television communications and minored in music. He practices and displays his musical talents in various bands in the Stockton area. Over the years he has combined his military security skills with his civilian expertise to effectively deal with the public. As Safety Ambassador Supervisor, he works to assure that properties are secure and employees are safe.
Johnny Palacios has been an ambassador with the Downtown Stockton Alliance for 12 years. Some of his current responsibilities include maintenance of DSA’s online event calendar and business directory. Palacios provided some insight into the ambassador role at the DSA: “We are the people-persons for the Alliance.” He explained, “What we do is work with downtown businesses. We try to get to know them on a first named basis…they know who we are and we know who they are. We go in there to visit and say hello. We ask them if they have any flyers…especially when they first open.” By forging and maintaining a strong and friendly relationship with local businesses, the ambassadors help make new businesses feel welcome and are able to give visitors places to go when they come downtown.
Special Events Ambassador , CTA
Shirley Griffith has been an ambassador since day one of the Downtown Stockton Alliance’s inception in 1997, and has been a witness to how much the community has grown and changed overtime. “It was bad…there was nobody down here at that time. Now we’ve come a long way because there are people all over,” shared Griffith, who currently oversees beautification projects, like bollard and curb painting. Through the efforts of local businesses, community leaders, and individuals who love downtown Stockton, the district has cleaned up and become a place where people can work, play, and eat.
Digital Media Creative
Shaun has worked in the field of content creation for nearly a decade. He started as a producer and editor in his high school’s weekly news broadcast. In community college, Shaun was the De Anza Filmmakers’ Association president. At De Anza, Shaun also studied journalism under the La Voz publication and eventually received his associate of arts degree in film production. Afterward, he transferred to the University of California, Irvine where he worked as an intern for AnteaterTV and the Newport Beach Film Festival. Today, Shaun works for the Downtown Stockton Alliance as Digital Media Creative.