Who We Are.

The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is an independent taxing district established by the Florida State Legislature in 1965. Led by a seven-member appointed board of directors, the Fort Lauderdale DDA has spearheaded legacy projects over the past fifty years to ensure Downtown is and remains the urban center of Broward County. Collaborating with public and private stakeholders the DDA continues to serve as a the agency responsible for coordinating and facilitating continued investment, community engagement, and consistent improvement in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.  

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Charlie Ladd, Chair

Barron Commercial Development

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Steve Hudson, Vice Chair

Hudson Capital Group

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Alan Hooper, Treasurer

Hooper Construction

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Greg Brewton, Secretary

Greg Brewton & Associates

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John Ropes, Board Member

Ropes Associates

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Jim Ellis, Board Member

Ellis Diversified

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Tim Petrillo, Board Member

The Restaurant People

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Jenni Morejon

President & CEO


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Elizabeth Van Zandt

Executive Vice President


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Alex Saiz

Planning & Program Manager


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Marti Brown

Office Manager


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Matthew Schnur

Research & Innovation Manager


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John Milledge

General Counsel