Lisa Clemmons Stott, Executive Director
Lisa moved to Springfield in 1994 for the Sangamon State graduate legislative internship program, after earning her journalism degree from UIUC. She worked 18 years in public sector and non-profit communications and fundraising positions for institutions including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, WUIS Public Radio and the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, before launching her consulting firm. In 2015, her firm received both the Illinois Outreach Award from the state chapter of the American Planning Association for the Cairo (Illinois) Comprehensive Plan; and Edgewise Consulting was also a nominee for The Chamber’s New & Emerging Business Owner of the Year. Lisa was appointed by Mayor Houston to co-chair the Sustainable Design Assessment Team Action Committee, working to implement the recommendations in the 96-page SDAT report for downtown sustainability and was also tapped by Mayor Langfelder to coordinate city planning activities. Lisa was named Executive Director of DSI in December 2015.
FUN FACT: While at UIUC, Lisa co-wrote the documentary, “Whatever Happened to Saturday Night,” about the rise of the mall at the expense of the downtown. You can still find it in the Champaign Public Library, probably on VHS.
Maggie is earning her graduate degree in political science through the UIS GPSI program, stationed at a downtown state agency. She’s also earning class credit by helping DSI program the Old Capitol Holiday Walks and other business promotions. Growing up in a family that owns a small business, she’s always been passionate about shopping locally and supporting her community. She also has an Urban Studies degree from Elmhurst College, giving her a better understanding of what makes cities successful.
Lyn Young, Membership Assistant
Lyn has been working part-time for DSI for nearly a decade, contributing to nearly every facet of the organization over the years, including membership fulfillment, event management, and grant solicitation & management.