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2022-2023 Tampa Downtown Partnership Leadership

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Abbey D. Ahern
2022-2023 Chairman

Abbey Dohring Ahern is the founding member of the commercial brokerage division of Dohring Ahern, which she launched in 2005. Dohring Ahern has been in business for over 30 years in the Tampa Bay Area with headquarters in downtown Tampa. Abbey’s experience is in Landlord and Tenant Representation, both in Sales and Leasing, with a particular focus on urban office and retail properties.


Abbey has participated in several sizable redevelopment projects within downtown Tampa, the Encore, the Channel District and YBOR City and represents several properties in the Westshore Business District. In 2021 alone, Mrs. Ahern participated in over $24 million in transactions involving the sale or lease of real property.


Abbey is immensely involved in her community, evidenced by her participation and leadership roles within the Tampa Downtown Partnership as a board member, chair committee member and incoming President.  She also serves as Vice Chairperson and a Mayoral appointee to the board of directors of the Tampa Historic Streetcar; a member of the Channel District Community Redevelopment Agency; as well as the founder and past President of the Uptown Council/DRANA, an association of commercial property and business owners focused on improving downtown’s commercial district.  From a regional perspective, she remains involved as a past board member and committee chair for CREW – Commercial Real Estate Women Tampa Bay.

Shaun Drinkard
Interim President

Shaun Drinkard, LPM, serves as the Interim President with the Tampa Downtown Partnership. In Shaun’s previous role as Vice President of District Services, he lead district operations & public programming which includes the Downtown Ambassador and Clean Team program as well as all public space events/activations within the Special Services District (SSD).


Since 2010, Shaun has taken a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. He has been instrumental in bringing monthly and annual programs to Downtown Tampa ranging from Rock the Park, a free monthly music series, to Winter Village, an eight-week holiday experience featuring waterfront dining, ice skating, and holiday shops in Tampa’s Downtown.


The most impactful work he’s lead includes the development and implementation of the organizations Homeless Liaison program and being acknowledged by the City’s administration and nationally as a thought leader for signature / nationally recognized events.


In addition to his previous role as the Director of Placemaking, Shaun also served as the Executive Director with the Friends of the Riverwalk, Inc. from 2013 to 2017. Prior to his non-profit work, Shaun was with WilsonMiller / Stantec’s Urban Design Studio. While at Stantec he worked as part of the design team for projects including: Channel District Strategic Action & Implementation Plans (Tampa, FL), award winning Washington Street Park (Channel District, Tampa, FL), and Albert Whitted Waterfront Park (St. Petersburg, FL).


Shaun holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2004. In 2017 he was selected as one of the industry’s brightest professionals by the International Downtown Association to participate in their prestigious Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program.  In 2021 he was awarded certification as a Leader in Place Management by the International Downtown Association. Most recently, he has joined the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association. He stays involved in the local community and arts by serving on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts where he served as the 2013 Board of Directors President.


Shaun resides in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Carolyn and twin boys Wylie & Wynton.

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