Staff and Consultants

Katherine Correll, Executive Director

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Katherine Correll has experience spanning the fields of community outreach to advance downtown and community development, not-for-profit administration, project development and management, local government planning, marketing, financial and economic development services, and education. Katherine joined Downtown Colorado, Inc. as the Director of Communications and Operations in 2006; in 2007 she became the Executive Director.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Katherine has worked with development initiatives in Denver, New York, Chicago, and the Former Soviet Union. Her focus on strategic planning and organizational development and management includes building viable and sustainable private, public, and non-for-profit institutions and programs. Prior to her current position, Katherine served as the American Councils for International Education Country Director for the Republic of Moldova, where she managed the national American Councils' portfolio focusing on building civil society initiatives, education, and public administration reforms. She was also responsible for management and growth of the American Language Center, language and professional training school. Katherine received her master's degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University and her bachelor's degree in Politics with a Minor in Urban Studies from New York University.

Jamie Shapiro, Rural Assistance Specialist

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Jamie grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended Colorado College where he majored in Comparative Literature and minored in the Redevelopment of Urban Brownfields. His love for architecture and urban development led him to spend a semester studying urban design in Copenhagen, Denmark and then conduct an independent research project on Denver brownfield redevelopments. He has experience working in human services, GIS mapping and conservation field work in Southwest Colorado. He previously served as DCI’s AmeriCorps VISTA, and is thrilled to be able to continue his work for DCI on behalf of Colorado communities. Jamie is currently pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado Denver.

Will Cundiff, Office manager

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Will grew up outside of London, UK which is where he first discovered his interest in urban planning and design. Will has a BA in Urban Planning from Miami University (OH), and a M.U.R.P from the University of Colorado  Denver.  

Consulting Partners

Eileen O'brien, Membership specialist

Eileen O’Brien has over twenty years of professional experience in directing membership programs, film festivals, as well as work in production on independent and studio films, network and cable television programs. She has also written, directed and produced marketing videos, television pilots and programs, live events, theater productions and consulted on independent film marketing and distribution. She directed, programmed, managed, coordinated and consulted on major film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Savannah and Denver International. She is very excited to currently be the membership specialist at Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI), as well as a festival programmer and guest speaker/interviewer. She is currently an executive board member and secretary for the Colorado Film and Video Association and served as Membership Chair for the last two years. Also, she is a membership consultant to the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and their year-round art house theater, The Jean Cocteau, owned by George R.R. Martin.

Andrew Curtis, Program coordinator  / new Americorps VISTA Leader

Andrew is originally from a bucolic part of New Jersey, an area of the country many do not know exists, and received his BA in History from Susquehanna University in 2015. Before coming to DCI to move into Eli's current position overseeing the AmeriCorps VISTA program, Andrew assisted the Town of Elizabeth's Main Street Program in efforts to revitalize the downtown. 

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