After over 40 years of hard work and investment, Downtown Ferndale is stronger, more resilient, and more vibrant than ever. Since it was founded the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has worked to ensure the long term viability of our downtown by investing in infrastructure, landscaping, marketing and business support.

DDA operations are managed by the Executive Director, who reports to the DDA Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of eight members appointed by City Council. By law, the majority of members must have an interest in downtown Ferndale property; the Board also seeks 1-2 residents who live within the downtown district. These individuals are largely business or property owners, and their actions are government by a set of bylaws as well as Public Act 57 from the State of Michigan.

Ferndale DDA Bylaws – Updated May 2020
Act 57 of 2018 – Recodified Tax Increment Financing Act

Downtown Development Authority Board members are expected to:

  • Advise and approve the annual DDA budget.
  • Set the vision for the downtown and organization. 
  • Attend all meetings, including bimonthly Board meetings, special meetings, and joint meetings.
  • Review monthly agendas, staff reports, and relevant documents.
  • Attend at least two hours of training per year.


Office Location:
Ground level at City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248-546-1632
Email: [email protected]

Staff Contacts

Jennie Beeker
Executive Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 248-546-1632

Sommer Realy
Engagement Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 248-546-1632

Board of Directors Members

DDA Board Members
Mayor Raylon Leaks-May
Sarah Brown, Chair; Crossfit HCS
JeDonna Dinges, Secretary; Margaux & Max
Omar George, Treasurer; Downtown Property Owner
Jessica Minnick, Not Sorry Goods
Toly Ashkenazi; 215 W
Metari Harris; Bags & Beads
Grant Zvoch; Pure Honda
Doug Smith; Coeur

Past Members (Thank You!)
Blake Sheer; Level One Bank
Chris Johnston, Vice-Chair; WAB co.
Jacki Smith; Coventry Creations/Candle Wick Shoppe
Janice Semma; J’s Penalty Box
Mindy Cupples; Resident
Nathan Martin; Woodward Movement/InkAddict
Jerome Raska; Blumz… by JrDesigns
PJ Jacokes, Chair; GoComedy!

The Ferndale DDA staff and board members visited Good Day Selfie Museum for some fun team building. This is an amazing business for unique photo opportunities and parties! Learn more about them at