About University Park Alliance

University Park Alliance is a non-profit community development corporation, dedicated to advancing an ambitious strategy of transformation for University Park, the 50-block neighborhood surrounding The University of Akron.  UPA's comprehensive urban reinvestment development strategy is rooted in the importance of "placemaking," a holistic approach to community revitalization that plans and designs communities based on the needs of the people. UPA's efforts are organized around four programmatic areas: real estate development, economic development, social and human capital development, and community/civic engagement development.

Funding  |  Institutional Partner Member Directors  | Community Member Directors

UPA Staff  |  Professional Affiliations


University Park Alliance
Andrew Jackson House
277 E. Mill St.
Akron, OH 44308
Office: 330.777.2070

Fax: 330.535.1417

Email: info@upakron.com

UPA was established through a major grant from the
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


UPA Board of Directors


Institutional Partner Member Directors

Akron Beacon Journal - Andrea C. Mathewson

Akron Children’s Hospital - William H. Considine

Akron General Medical Center - Tim L. Stover

Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority - Anthony W. O’Leary*

Akron Public Schools - David W. James - Board President*

City of Akron - Donald L. Plusquellic

County of Summit - Russell M. Pry

Greater Akron Chamber - Daniel C. Colantone

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - Jennifer Thomas

Summa Health System - Thomas J. Strauss*

The University of Akron - Luis M. Proenza*

Community Member Directors

Ethel L. Chambers

John Falatok - Board Treasurer*

Ann Lane Gates

Patrice Lange - Board Secretary*

J. Bret Treier


*Member of the Executive Committee

 UPA Staff

David Lieberth, consultant email

Carol Murphy, chief of staff email

Marilyn Boley, administrative services coordinator email


Professional Affiliations

 CEO's for Cities


Social Enterprise Alliance