The Olympia Downtown Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


To preserve, promote and enhance the downtown Olympia community.

Sylvester Park free Dash shuttle - click to enlarge image.Vision statement:

To nurture the growth of a thriving, vibrant downtown where an eclectic community will flourish with unique shopping options and educational opportunities. Where office spaces will be filled with workers who spend breaks and lunches in delightful coffee bars, restaurants and bistros offering delectable refreshments and foods. Where older historic buildings will be preserved and retrofitted with green improvements. Where cultural and entertainment options abound, with expressive theatre, enjoyable art venues and energetic clubs for dancing and socializing. Where market rate housing will shelter a diversity of residents, and minimize downtown’s carbon footprint by reducing trip miles. And over it all, where downtown patrons will feel a fulfilling sense of livability, sustainability and community.


  • Establish and maintain a conduit of information and networking among all the members
  • Present a unified organization to work with the federal, state and local government to maximize the potential benefits that can be derived from cooperation
  • Solicit opinions and foster involvement with all persons interested in downtown Olympia
  • Promote downtown by managing and coordinating free events to draw attendees from the Olympia area, Thurston County and beyond
  • Coordinate a volunteer program to create opportunities for young and old to be involved in maintaining a vital downtown

Contact information:

Street Address:
Olympia Downtown Association
116 5th Ave SE, Suite F
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 357-8948
Fax: (360) 704-7548

Mailing Address:
Olympia Downtown Association
120 State Ave NE, P.M.B. #1031
Olympia, WA 98501-8212


Vida Zvirzdys-FarlerExecutive Director2014 - Presentoda@tss.net
Kim CombsEvent & Volunteer Coordinator2012 - Presentodaevent@tss.net
Darlene KemeryAdministrative Assistant2015 - Presentodaoffice@tss.net

Board of Directors & Officers 2015:

President: Craig Holt, The Other Guys

Vice President:  Farra Vargas, Puget Sound Energy

Secretary:  Sandi Wilson, Thurston First Bank

Treasurer: Jennelle Riffe, Clark Nuber

Jerry Farmer, 94.5 ROXY
Jennie Foglia-Jones, Port of Olympia
Craig Holt, The Other Guys
Dean Jones, Encore Chocolates & Teas
Anne Larsen Matheson, Washington Center for Performing Arts
Garner Miller, MSGS Architects
Dave Platt, Mailbox of Olympia
Kari Qvigstad, Department of Enterprise Services
Jennelle Riffe, Clark Nuber
Farra Vargas, Puget Sound Energy
Dave Wasson, Batdorf & Bronson

Becci Welsh, Visitor & Convention Bureau

Sandi Wilson, Thurston First Bank
Lynn Wofford, Heritage Bank
Kelly Wood, Washington AGO

Main Street Committee Chairs 2015:

Design: Erica Cooper
Organization: Dave Wasson
Promotion: Jane Offutt and Anne Larsen Matheson
Economic Development: Kari Qvigstad and Garner Miller
Safety: Jeffrey Trinin & Paul Seabert

Are you interested in volunteering for the ODA? Click here to view our volunteer opportunities.