Todd Cutts, Executive Director

Todd Cutts began his tenure as Executive Director of the Olympia Downtown Association in March 2017.

Todd Cutts began his tenure as Executive Director of the Olympia Downtown Association in March 2017.  

Prior to that, Todd was the President of Water Street Consulting, Inc., a consultancy specializing in strategic planning and implementation, meeting facilitation, and team building. Before founding the consultancy, Todd was the City Manager for the City of SeaTac, overseeing all operations. This followed stints as the City’s Assistant City Manager and Economic Development Manager. Todd’s experiences working for downtown management organizations include starting an economic development program for the Downtown Long Beach Associates (in California) and working as an economic development professional for the Downtown Denver Partnership.  

Todd is passionate about urban environments generally and Downtown Olympia specifically, believing that it should be the healthy and beating heart of this community.

 

Desiree Freeland, Downtown Projects Manager

Desiree Freeland joined the Olympia Downtown Alliance as the Downtown Projects Manager in October 2021. Freeland will bring to the Alliance a deep understanding of the importance of community connectedness, leadership management, and a working knowledge of nonprofit and community-minded organizations. She was previously employed as Campaign Manager and Events Coordinator for a similar Main Street organization in DeLand, Florida. 

Stephanie Martin - Administrative Assistant

"It’s wonderful being a part of a team that works so well together to make downtown Olympia a great place. I enjoy learning new things and thrive on the challenge and opportunity to work for an organization whose mission is to act as a catalyst for a vibrant and thriving downtown through service to business and property owners." -Stephanie

 

Kyle Nicholas, Lead Guide

“I have over a decade of experience working on sustainability/sociological projects in both the public and private sectors. Regarding my academic background, I've obtained a dual B.S./B.A undergraduate degrees at the University of California, Berkeley specializing in “Sustainable Development” and “Environmental Ethics and Philosophy.” Also, during my graduate work, at the University of Washington, I received a M.S. degree in “Infrastructure Planning and Management,” with several certifications as a “First Responder,” “Conflict Mediation,” and “Tourism Ambassador.” Currently, this background has led me to work full-time in the Nonprofit Sector, helping to create a prosperous and robust Downtown Olympia community.” - Kyle 

 

Colin Brockway, Guide

“I enjoy working with the Olympia Downtown Alliance to help build a thriving and vibrant city for everyone to enjoy.” -Colin