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

Citi Center

146 South High Street, Room 610

Akron Ohio 44308

New phone: 330-375-2243







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 Children’s Hospital - William H. Considine

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

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

City of Akron - Donald L. Plusquellic

Greater Akron Chamber - Daniel C. Colantone

Summa Health System - Benjamin Sutton

The University of Akron - Scott L. Scarborough




Community Member Directors

John Falatok - Board Treasurer*

Ann Lane Gates

Patrice Lange - Board Secretary*

Thomas J. Strauss


J. Bret Treier


*Member of the Executive Committee

 UPA Staff


Marilyn Boley, office coordinator email


Professional Affiliations

 CEO's for Cities


Social Enterprise Alliance    



We're moving our office!
Effective July 16th, 2014 our new address   University Park Alliance Citi Center 146 South High Street, Rm 610 Akron, OH 44308   New phone: 330-375-2243