The Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation

The Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation (DPCDC) is a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit organization formed in 2001 to attract housing development in the Downtown Phoenix area. The DPCDC is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross-section of community leaders and is driven by the needs of the downtown community.

With the current mission of advancing the development and redevelopment of housing and mixed-use projects that will contribute to a more equitable and inclusive downtown, the DPCDC collaborates with the Social & Housing Advancement (SHA) Committee of Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA).

PCA is the advocacy and membership affiliate organization under the Downtown Phoenix Inc. umbrella, and is governed by a separate board of directors and relies on separate funding sources. The SHA Committee, often attended by 50-60 non-profit service providers and corporate business leaders, focuses its advocacy work on the following challenges:


  • While Downtown Phoenix is disproportionately impacted, homelessness is a regional issue and requires a regional response
  • How do we increase services and funding to prevent the impact of experiencing homelessness?
  • City of Phoenix, especially Downtown, needs more workforce and affordable housing, particularly permanent supportive housing
  • Improving housing equity, specifically in the Downtown core


The DPCDC is focused on providing assistance to private and public developers, including but not limited to the facilitation of the acquisition, redevelopment, rehabilitation, and construction of affordable to attainable residential product. In addition, the DPCDC works on community-based projects and planning processes to contribute to housing equity in the urban core of our city.

The DPCDC played a significant role in the establishment of the Phoenix Public Market and was also involved in:
  1. Assembling land for Artisan Village residential development
  2. Assembling land for professional football stadium, which ultimately became the Phoenix Biomedical Campus
  3. Lofts at McKinley residential development
  4. Conceptual planning process for the West Fillmore residential
  5. Conceptual planning process for land acquisition of Knipe House and area

Board of Directors:

Mike Medici
Board President
Managing Partner/President

Mark Davis
Board Vice President
48 Development Co.

Michael Straneva
Board Treasurer
America’s Director of Transaction Real Estate & Partner
Ernst & Young

Brian Cassidy
Board Secretary
Managing Principal
CCBG Architects, Inc.

Terry Benelli
Executive Director
LISC Phoenix

Manjula Vaz
Gammage & Burnham

Barbara Boone
CRA Manager
Alliance Bank of AZ

Ginger Spencer
Ex Officio
Deputy City Manager
City of Phoenix