In her 30 years as a Miami resident, Alyce Robertson has seen her home grow from a laid-back warm-weather destination to a booming hub for hot, tropical nightlife. She helps oversee this growth as executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Her agency, which has served the Miami since 1965, raises funds—$13 billion in the four years—to develop the downtown area by improving travel and economic development.
Robertson was appointed to the Development Authority in 2008 after working in several local government departments, and has seen downtown Miami grow astronomically with more than 23,000 new condos built in five years. Because newcomers want to live in the city’s epicenter, she says it’s vital to improve green spaces and “walkability” in Miami’s burgeoning urban area.
The South Bend native almost got an MBA from the Kelley School of Business before “giving policy a try.” She loves her job because she “can be a catalyst for change in getting things done.” And she gets to organize ultra-hip projects like the DWNTWN Miami Concert Series (voted “Best Concert Series” by the Miami New Times) featuring world-renowned acts like Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Robertson also holds a degree in Spanish and Portuguese from IUB.