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About Us

Mission Statement


Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those who live in downtown. DANA influences decisions that affect downtown, educates and listens to residents and stakeholders about downtown and issues that affect them, and fosters a downtown community through social events.


• Promote a range of downtown housing options.
• Improve the vibrancy of public spaces and historical assets.
• Support pedestrian-oriented development policies.
• Address safety and public nuisance concerns.
• Encourage mixed-use residential development.
• Organize resident social events.
• Communicate the economic and cultural benefits of a vibrant, densely-populated downtown to elected officials and the community at large.
• Promote civic activism amongst downtown residents.


The Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA) began operating informally with fewer than 10 members in the mid-1990s. DANA adopted Articles of Association in January 2003. The association received 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status in 2004.


Please view DANA’s by-laws here.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA)
P.O. Box 997
Austin, TX 78767-0997

Board & Officers

The DANA Board of Directors is composed of  ten members. Board Members are elected to two-year terms. The board members are staggered where roughly 50% of the board positions are up for election each year.

The four executive officers of the Association, the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer as well as committee appointments are elected by the Board of Directors from among themselves at the beginning of each year.

The Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8am to review Association business and discuss issues of importance to the residents of downtown Austin. With advance notice, any and all DANA members are welcome to attend.

2016 BOARD – Please send Board inquiries to info@downtownaustin.org.

Meredith Powell

Dan Keshet
Vice President

Susan Hoffman

Roger L. Cauvin

Jude Galligan
Board Member

Kimberly Levinson
Board Member

Scott Paxton
Board Member

Philip Wiley
Board Member