2016-2017 Nominees for DNA Board

The following individuals are asking for your support for the 4 open spots for 2016-2017.

Tony Filippini

  • Tony Filippini
  • Tony Filippini has been a downtown resident at Gateway Lofts since moving to Des Moines in 2012 from East Texas. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 and is a practicing transportation planner. Since landing in Des Moines, Tony has been active member of the American Planning Association, Transit Future Working Group, Young Life of Greater Des Moines, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and alumni advisor for Beta Sigma Psi Fraternity at Iowa State University.

    Downtown has shifted into high-gear in attracting new residents into the neighborhood. This offers not only an exciting environment to live in, but provides opportunity for residents to participate in city planning and providing our vision for transportation, parks, cultural amenities, and housing in the neighborhood. Tony has a strong passion for engaging neighbors in these coming decisions and ensuring city plans are communicated and transparent to the neighborhood while advocating for a mix in housing opportunities, evening and weekend neighborhood transit services, and safe cycling facilities throughout the neighborhood.

Deb Madison-Levi

  • Deb Madison-Levi
  • Deb Madison-Levi, a life-long Iowan was born and raised in Des Moines and became a downtown resident at 111 City Lofts in April 2015. She has a communications degree from Simpson College, is currently on the Simpson College Continuing & Graduate Alumni Board and has served on the board of the Child & Family Policy Center. Deb is an accomplished administrative and communications professional, experienced in concept development, planning and execution, as well as team building and management. She has worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, law, construction, hospitality, aviation, state government, non-profit initiatives and is currently at the Iowa Credit Union League.

Chris Swailes

  • Chris Swailes
  • Chris Swailes moved to downtown Des Moines in July 2014 and is a homeowner in the 111 City Lofts building. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in marketing. Chris has worked at Progressive Insurance for the past 20 years and currently is a Claims Process Leader for the Central Region. He co-established a social/network group at 111 City Lofts this past year and has volunteered with the Community Youth Concepts and Iowa Special Olympics. He currently serves as the President of the Sigma NU Alumni Advisory Board. Chris has a strong desire to promote and enhance what living downtown has to offer.

Scott McDonald

  • Scott McDonald
  • Scott McDonald is a lifelong resident of Des Moines except when pursuing his art education at the Kansas City Art Institute. Scott moved to downtown in 2011. Scott has seen a decline and renaissance of downtown Des Moines in his lifetime and has been a strong advocate for downtown Des Moines growth. Scott owns Des Moines Rental Sales & Service, a 65-year-old establishment. As a small business owner, he understands that while downtown relies on corporate anchors to thrive, he also believes that downtown should be a healthy place for small businesses to start and prosper. Maintaining the right mix of corporate, small business and residential will lead to the long-term success of downtown Des Moines. Scott has been a long time supporter of the Des Moines Art Center and other charities to support the continuation of Des Moines’ resurgence.