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Alyce Robertson (MPA’79)

Now, she helps oversee the growth of this bustling tourist town working as Executive Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Her agency, which has served the city of Miami since 1965, raises funds ($13 billion in the past four years) to develop the downtown area by improving travel and economic development.

While Robertson was just appointed to the Development Authority in 2008 after working in several local government departments, downtown Miami has been growing astronomically with 23,000 new condos built in the last five years. Because young newcomers want to live in the city’s epicenter of nightlife and beaches, she says it’s vital to improve green spaces and “walkability” in Miami’s burgeoning urban area.

The South Bend native who almost got an MBA from the Kelley School of Business before “giving policy a try” says 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. This SPEA alumna has a pretty cool gig.

Alyce Robertson also holds a degree in Spanish and Portuguese from IUB.