Annie Coakley is the Director of Downtown Evanston, the business non-profit that provides special services to the CBD of Evanston. She is mainly responsible for keeping the district clean and well marketed as well as retaining and attracting businesses. These efforts include events from walking strolls to a largescale Oktoberfest, to branding efforts and promotions. Oh and lots of creativity!
Annie previously worked for the City of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development for over 14 years, managing and coordinating a wide range of programs to attract, retain and support the growth of businesses throughout Chicago. Among the programs in which she played a significant role was: Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF), which allocates TIF money for small businesses; Special Service Areas, which enable neighborhoods to obtain services to maintain, secure and beautify their neighborhoods.