Board of Directors

Comprised of downtown residents, our volunteer Board of Directors meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. Board meetings are held at the DDA office, 300 Clematis Street, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Members are welcome to attend.

Cynthia Nalley (President)

Cynthia Nalley is a longtime Downtown West Palm Beach resident and advocate. She also serves on the Downtown Development Authority Board and has led efforts to create a sense of community through events and service.

Cynthia is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and Managing Broker at Acquire Palm Beach. She began her career creating technology systems and managing complex projects for SunTrust, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and many more. Cynthia’s favorite Downtown spots are the Mandel Library (great independent movie selection and free yoga!) and the Municipal Docks at sunset. She is very grateful to support West Palm Beach as it grows into a world class city while retaining its rich history and sense of place.

Erin Sadler (Vice President)

Erin Sadler moved to West Palm Beach in 2017. An HR Director with a background in several industries (media, beverage, telecommunications, and accounting), her strengths lie in identifying gaps, pioneering new processes, and leading change initiatives.

Erin grew up in Arkansas and has a Master's degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Between travelling internationally and living in several cities (Denver, Seattle, and LA), she has a great appreciation for what makes West Palm so wonderful and unique. A fan of the waterfront lifestyle – whether it’s boating, walking the intracoastal, or stocking up on guacamole at the green market – Erin helps lead the DNA Parks Committee and is committed to enhancing our vibrant downtown community.

Andres Hortet (Treasurer)

Andres Hortet is an Advanced Staff Accountant with the CPA firm of Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. (CDL), one of the largest local accounting firms in Palm Beach County. Andres is a graduate of the Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting, and he is currently pursuing his CPA license. Born in Miami and raised in Palm Beach County, Andres has been a local since 2005.

Stacy Blum (Secretary)

Born and raised in Florida and a native of West Palm Beach, Stacy Blum has been the owner/operator of the Mortgage Solution Group since 2002. The mission of the Mortgage Solution Group is to provide a safe and community centric environment for consumers to purchase their new home. The Mortgage Solution Group has allowed Stacy to partake in networking, helping others, and being involved in the community, all of her favorite activities.

In 2016, Stacy made the decision to pack up and move from Palm Beach Gardens right into the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach, which allowed her to expand her networking opportunities and establish herself within the community. Stacy has been an active board member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association since 2016 and has been currently elected as the Secretary. Stacy had also been an active member and an ambassador of BNI (Business Network International) where she has passed millions of dollar’s worth of referrals to her partners Stacy looks forward to using her past experiences, hard work, and passion for city involvement to assist in growing the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the city of West Palm Beach.

Rick King (Director)

Rick King is currently an attorney in Palm Beach County practicing Criminal Defense Labor and Law. He is formerly a partner at the firm of King, Nieves and Zacks, a boutique law firm that handled various types of legal matters. Mr. King also worked as in house counsel for the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association (PBA). There, Mr. King represented law enforcement officers in contract negotiations, criminal and labor matters.

Mr. King is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he attended Slippery Rock University before completing his undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mr King served 19 years with the West Palm Beach Police Department where he held several positions including an assignment with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's Task Force. Mr. King rose to the level of Lieutenant and served in that capacity in the Criminal Investigations Division before he retired in 2008. Mr. King graduated from the Nova Southeastern University's Shepard Broad Law School in 2010.

Tamara Sager (Director)

Tamara happily broke up with New York in 2011 and moved to downtown West Palm Beach. Tamara has no plans to leave--she loves the downtown's walkability and neighborhood feel. Tamara leads the DNA's Waterfront committee, which focuses on keeping the waterfront vibrant, clean, safe, and accessible to the public. Tamara is a lawyer.

Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D. (Director)

Peter is a long time resident of Palm Beach County and now happily calls downtown West Palm Beach home.  Peter is the  Executive Director of the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy and an Affiliate Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University.  Both his academic and professional careers have been focused on improving the ethical climate in public sector programs and organizations.  

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Peter began his civilian career in West Palm Beach in the early 1980s, working at St. Mary’s Hospital, and the Palm Beach Blood Bank, and later at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart.  Since graduating with his Ph.D. from FAU in 1995, he taught ethics and organizational behavior in colleges and universities around the United Sates.  In March 2018, Peter was appointed as a Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner where he currently serves as Chair of the Ethics Commission. In addition to being the Chair of the Palm Beach County Inspector General Review Committee, he serves on Boards of Directors of Community Partners of South Florida, NonProfits First of Palm Beach County, the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, and the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.