Gabe Holmstrom has been the Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership since April 2015.
In his years as Executive Director, Gabe has added several new successful DLRP events including the Barkus on Main Mardi Gras dog parade, downtown alley parties, East Village Jam music festival, Between the Rocks river party, ‘80s Mall Mash-Up party, and the Bright The Night holiday tree lighting – all of which produce revenue for the nonprofit. He initiated the DLRP Ambassador Program, which provides an additional presence for residents and visitors of downtown Little Rock, and he has successfully spearheaded large-scale public art installations downtown. Through his innovation and hard work, Gabe has noticeably moved the needle forward for downtown Little Rock.
In 2019, Gabe was one of several professionals from across the world to be selected for an Emerging Leader Fellowship with the International Downtown Association.
Prior to joining the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, he was chief of staff to the Arkansas House of Representatives under Speaker Davy Carter, the first Republican Speaker in 138 years.
Before going to work at the House, Gabe was a public affairs specialist for Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW), where he provided strategic communications counsel to a wide variety of clients.
Gabe has served as executive director and senior advisor to the Democratic Party of Arkansas and has managed several congressional campaigns. He also spent three years as spokesman for the Arkansas Attorney General.
Gabe began his career working for Congressman Marion Berry, where he worked in both the Washington, D.C., and Arkansas offices. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he studied political science. Gabe lives in the Governor’s Mansion Historic District of Little Rock with his wife, Katherine, and son, Gus.
Director of Events
Chellie Longstreth came to Downtown Little Rock Partnership (DLRP) via Cozumel in the summer of 2012. In Mexico she owned and operated a successful scuba diving and tourism company for 22 years, frequently spotlighted in high-visibility publications like Fodor’s, Cruising magazine, Us News and World Report, and Discovery Channel’s Top Five Latin America.
During her decade of service at DLRP, she has worked as Events Director, managing and growing DLRP’s numerous events, including the award- winning Main Street Food Truck Festival. She also served on the Arkansas Festivals and Events Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2020, she was one of 30 professionals from US, Canada, and the United Kingdom to be selected for an Emerging Leaders Fellowship with the International Downtown Association.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her family exploring the great AR outdoors and taking photos. She lives in the Salem community with her husband, Dale, and two daughters, Isabella, and Sophia.
Director of Communications and Marketing
Kyle Leyenberger joined DLRP in August 2022 as the Director of Communications and Marketing. Following a career in broadcast journalism, Leyenberger spent the last seven years at nonprofits focused on organizing and advocacy at the state Capitol. He most recently served as Communications Director for the Arkansas Education Association, and was a general assignment reporter at KNWA in Fayetteville during a period of major investment in NWA downtowns.
Director of Operations, Programs, and Membership
Jackie Miller started with the Downtown Little Rock Partnership in November of 2022. Miller had a 20 year career at Dillard’s, serving in a variety of roles including executive assistant, litigation manager and corporate buyer before finding her niche in the accounting department and office of the CFO. Jackie eventually left the company to pursue a career in the fitness industry, managing the opening of four fitness studios. Prior to joining the partnership team, Jackie was working as project manager at ed tech company Learner Mobile. She is excited to get back to her roots of playing with numbers all day. Miller and her husband have two children in college and enjoy traveling the region to watch their son pitch juco baseball.