Lisa Clemmons Stott, executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc., will be stepping down at the end of this month. She has served in that role since 2015.

“I came to DSI with a strong mandate to strengthen the organization so that we could turn ‘potential’ into ‘reality’ and be the strongest voice possible for downtown businesses,” said Clemmons Stott. “I am extremely proud of the work we’ve accomplished together during my tenure, which includes months with some of the worst conditions for businesses in a century. DSI has amazing talent on the board and staff leadership team coupled with a strong, post-pandemic vision plan that we have been executing with the city and other partners.”

She continued, “I’ve given this position my all and this felt like the right time for me to explore new professional paths. I am still very passionate about downtown and Springfield. My decision is not a reflection on DSI or the future of downtown. I will continue to find ways to give back, just like the hundreds of volunteers working right now who love downtown and understand its value as much as I do.”

DSI Board President Brian Wojcicki says a search to fill the leadership position will start soon. “We extend a heartfelt thank you for the time, energy and vision Lisa provided to DSI and our downtown. We wish Lisa all the best and look forward to continuing the momentum she helped turn into reality,” said Wojcicki.

Clemmons Stott is profiled in the May issue of SBJ as one of the 2021 Women of Influence.