Holly Masek is the executive director of the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA). Before joining the RDA, Holly served as Director of Public Realm for Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. (AAC), a real estate investment firm, where she managed community engagement, placemaking, and tourism strategies for AAC’s Iconic Portfolio, with a focus on the Boston market. Prior to joining AAC, Holly was a project analyst for Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, where she advised public, private, and non-profit clients on public space development and revitalization. Holly brings communications, marketing, and hospitality expertise to her planning and community development work. Her previous experience includes managing digital content for the Boston Planning and Development Agency and directing marketing and programs for a Belize-based jungle lodge. Holly has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from Boston University.
Karli McElroy is the RDA's Senior Director of Placemaking. In this role she is responsible for creation and development of innovative and collaborative placemaking projects within Downtown Rochester. She works with partners to help the community envision how we see our Downtown spaces differently. Karli also oversees the Start-Up and the Façade Improvement Grant programs. Additionally, she manages Peace Plaza rentals on behalf of the City of Rochester. Karli received her degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, served on the First Homes Board of Directors from 2014 - 2018, was Co-Chair of Hiawatha Homes Festival of Trees 2017 - 2018, and is a 2016 graduate from Leadership Greater Rochester with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.
Katie Adelman is the Director of Content and Communications with the RDA. Although a native of Ortonville (west-central Minnesota), Katie spent her childhood traveling to the Rochester area to visit extended family and considers Rochester a second hometown. She received an associate degree in digital art and design from Rochester Community and Technical College in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in mass media with an emphasis in public relations from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014. Katie looks forward to inspiring others to find what makes Rochester home for them and to getting further involved in the Rochester community.
Monika received her bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University for Communications/Violence Prevention with a minor in Psychology. She has lived in the Twin Cities her whole life and moved to Rochester to be closer to her fiance and his daughter. She has volunteered previously at the Minneapolis VA Hospital escorting veterans to their doctor appointments, etc., and she is also a huge animal lover with two dogs she rescued. She loves giving back to the community in any way possible. She greatly enjoy getting outdoors, hiking and biking and is very excited to call Rochester her new home and explore its parks! She previously served as the publicity director on the Board for the Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club, encouraging people to get outdoors with silent sports and getting our community more active. She has fallen in love with Rochester and is very excited to bring her experience in events to the table!
Our Admin Coordinator, Lauren Rockwell, moved to Rochester in 2019 from Seattle, Washington. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in film studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to joining RDA, Lauren was a program manager for the Employer Engagement and Internal Brand team at Amazon Prime Video in Seattle. Coming from the technology industry, she brings a data driven and design-thinking approach to problem solving and process improvement. She is a lover of film and TV, design, podcasts, trivia, and all living things—especially her miniature dachshund, Honey. Lauren is thrilled to be part of the team creating the programs that first made her feel at home in the city. She looks forward to meeting more of the wonderful people of Rochester and becoming even more integrated into our vibrant and unique community.