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 downtown. You can still find it in the Champaign Public Library, probably on VHS.
Jessica Fager, Marketing Manager
Jessica is currently finishing her final year at UIS, majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus in marketing and sustainable planning, but she also comes with strong cred for working to amp up our downtown scene. Her resume includes social media and special events for the Willow & Birch Salon in-house marketing team; you’ll also be able to find her at Anvil & Forge as bar manager and event coordinator. As part-time Marketing Manager for DSI, she hopes to create strong core values based on influencers such as Jane Jacobs that exemplify DSI’s mission statement. Jessica says, “The Downtown area of a city is its heart. Without it, a city cannot exist.”
Lyn Young, Office Manager
Lyn has been working part-time for DSI for nearly a decade, contributing to nearly every facet of the organization over the years, so her institutional knowledge helps keep everyone on the same page. She also coordinates membership invoices and benefits, maintains our data sets on vacancies and apartments, and implements other projects that benefit our members.
Maggie Schulz, Graduate Intern
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, Open Streets 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.
Ozetta Knox, Graduate Intern
Ozetta is earning her graduate degree in Social Service Administration at UIS. She is currently spending the spring semester with DSI researching social issues in urban environments and business centers.
Kayla Nevill, UIS Intern
Kayla is currently finishing up her senior year at UIS. With a Communications degree, she hopes to one day move into the event planning and fundraising world. Shopping, time with family, helping others, volunteering, and playing any sport she can beat her friends at are just some of the things Kayla enjoys. Kayla grew up here and the small-town feel of the Springfield community is what has kept her here. She is spending this spring semester gaining experience as our event coordination and activities intern.