Uptown Main Street (UMS) supports the development of Upper 14th Street NW and Kennedy Street NW.  Formed out of a partnership between two community organizations in late 2017, UMS seeks to celebrate and honor the unique histories of each street by supporting a strong, thriving and inclusive commercial corridor. 

Through our work, UMS preserves the historic character of our neighborhoods and supports economic redevelopment efforts.  UMS provides technical assistance to small and local business and plans events that highlight our unique business mix. Through the support of business owners, community members and sponsors, UMS provides year-round programming and support to our more than 200 businesses.  UMS also supports two clean teams that provide residents and visitors the opportunity to shop and dine in along a clean and safe street. 

We invite you to join us at our next community event, to join our Committees or visit one of our wonderful small businesses.

Board of Directors & Staff

Jack Campbell, Chairman of the Board &
Organization Committee Chair
Melissa Lindsjo, Vice Chair & Design Committee Chair
Kristen Barden, Treasurer
Lois Cooper, Secretary
Nina Albert, Economic Vitality Committee Chair
Gayle Berkley
Melissa Bloomer

Russ Clark, Promotion Committee Chair
Sam Fitz

Wendy Harman
Brett West

Starsha Valentine, Executive Director

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Interested in becoming a member of our Board? Please submit this form of interest and a member of our Recruitment Sub-Committee will get in touch with you!

Community Partners & Clean Team

Community Alliance for Upper 14th Street
Kennedy Street Development Corporation
Career Path DC (14th Street NW Clean Team)
Emory Beacon of Light (Kennedy Street NW Clean Team)