DOWNTOWN TAMPA Ashly Anderson
Director of Marketing and Design
Ashly Anderson, LEED AP, has spent the past eleven years designing urban places for communities of people to live and have fun. Through brand consistency and collaboration with staff, Ashly is responsible for overseeing the organization’s creative direction, strategic marketing, communications, public relations, and social media programs. She also administers two grant programs related to design improvements in Downtown, and leads the Special Services District and Arts and Culture Committees.
Ashly joined the Tampa Downtown Partnership in 2013 has previously served as Senior Design Manager and Placemaking and Urban Design Manager. In those positions, she worked to ensure design excellence for the organization and 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 served as the 2016 President of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, a 50 year-old art festival held in Downtown Tampa, and as a Board Director for the Downtown Tampa YMCA. She also served on an expert technical assistance panel for the American Institute of Architects (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 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
For date nights, my husband and I love to eat delicious Italian food at Cena in the Channel District, especially the mushroom 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 an almost 50-year-tenure in Downtown Tampa!