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Next Generation Honoree: Downtown Seattle Association’s Jacqueline Gruber Collaborates to Find Urban Planning Solutions

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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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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