DIA Staff

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance consists of many hard workers. There are five full-time employees, 2 part-time employees, seasonal Hospitality Ambassadors, and many interns and volunteers that help to fulfill the needs of Downtown Ithaca.


Gary Ferguson - Executive Director

Gary Ferguson has been the Executive Director of the DIA since 1999. Gary has previous experience with the cities of Lewiston, ME; Dayton, OH; and Grand Junction, CO. He specializes in business attraction and retention, urban design, public policy and strategic planning.

You can email Gary at: gary@downtownithaca.com



Kris Lewis - Operations Director

Kris Lewis, the former proprietor of Morris' Men's Wear, has been the DIA's Operations Director since 2009.  Kris oversees downtown operations concerning ambassadors, maintenance, and beautification on the Ithaca Commons, as well as government relations and business retention.

You can email Kris at: kris@downtownithaca.com

Allison Graffin - Marketing Director

Allison joined the DIA in November 2014.  She oversees all the advertising, strategic marketing from concept to creation, and member services for all district members.  A longtime Southern Tier resident, Graffin graduated with a degree in advertising and marketing from Marquette University and previously worked as Marketing Director for Ithaca Beer Co. for 6+ years.

You can email Allison at: allison@downtownithaca.com


Summer Keown - Director of Events 

Summer Keown recently joined the DIA staff in January 2018. 
 Summer oversees event planning, sponsorships, talent booking, and more. An Indianapolis native, she previously served as the Special Events Manager for the Humane 

Society of Indianapolis, Executive Director of the Earth Day Indiana Festival, and Environmental Programs Manager for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee.


You can email Summer at: Summer@downtownithaca.com






Scott Rougeau - Event Associate

Scott Rougeau joins the DIA after nearly 8 years of working on The Commons, with The Pack ‘N Ship Store.  Scott contributes towards organizing special events, festivals, and developing marketing promotions while assisting the Special Events Director and the Marketing Director of the DIA.

You can email Scott at: scott@downtownithaca.com




Darlene M. Donohue - Communications Manager

Darlene Donohue comes to Downtown Ithaca with more than 15 years of journalism experience.  She crafts DIA's press releases, newsletters, reports, and other communications materials. In addition, Darlene organizes the organization's ribbon-cutting ceremonies and conducts regional and national research projects. A Western New York native, Darlene is an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. She also enjoys photography and travel. 

You can email Darlene at: darlene@downtownithaca.com








Luis Munoz ~ Office Manager

Luis is responsible for managing and supporting the development, marketing, events, and operations of the organization.

You can email Luis at luis@downtownithaca.com.