Tampa's Downtown

Ashly Anderson

Ashly Anderson

Director of Marketing and Design

Ashly Anderson, LEED AP, has spent the past eleven years designing urban places for people to live and have fun.  Through brand consistency and collaboration with staff, Ashly is responsible for overseeing the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s creative direction, strategic marketing, communications, public relations, and social media programs. She also administers two grant programs related to design improvements in Tampa’s Downtown.

Ashly joined the Tampa Downtown Partnership in 2013 and previously served as Senior Design Manager and Placemaking and Urban Design Manager. In those positions, she worked to program, activate, and promote Tampa’s Downtown using principles of design and placemaking to establish public-private collaboration in public spaces.

Previously, Ashly worked as a lead designer at RS&H, a private architecture and engineering firm. Her work at RS&H included the design and management of projects for private and public sector clients such as Raymond James Financial, Tampa International Airport, Wells Fargo, Moffitt Cancer Center, and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Active within the community, Ashly serves on the Board of Directors for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (President, 2016) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Tampa Bay Chapter. She also served on an expert technical assistance panel for the AIA Communities by Design Sustainable Design Assessment Team in 2015. Since 2012, Ashly has acted as Adjunct Design Faculty at the Art Institute of Tampa, educating bachelor’s degree seeking interior design students.

She has been published by the National Civic Review, International Downtown Association, and Architect Magazine. Ashly holds a Master of Urban & Community Design from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Tampa. A native of Florida, she lives in the Tampa Heights neighborhood in a 100-year-old home with her husband and daughter.

My Favorite Thing to Do in Downtown

I have so many favorite things to do in Downtown! For date nights, my husband and I love to eat delicious Italian food at Cena in the Channel District, especially the risotto and Bolognese sauce with pasta. On special occasions, we catch a Broadway show at the Straz Center. If we are hosting people from out of town, showing off the skyline from the river on a Eboat is a must. And every year we have a family tradition of attending the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, which has a 50-year-tenure in Downtown Tampa!

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