The professional staff of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) conducts the day-to-day business of the organization and implements the programs and directives established by DPI’s Board of Directors with the help of community volunteers and committees.
Cheryl Mirer, Executive Director of Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
Cheryl grew up in Burlington, Connecticut, and has spent many years living and working in the Berkshires.
Cheryl has been the director of two different small libraries, worked in the institutional advancement office at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, was the director of a vibrant artist-in-residence program and special events at a community-based arts organization in Spartanburg, SC, and assisted faculty and staff with foundation grants at Clarkson University’s development office in Potsdam, NY.
In 2017, Cheryl and her family made a concerted effort to move back to the Berkshires for good and she was lucky to find a home in downtown Pittsfield.
She has a BA in Fine Arts from UMass Amherst and a MS in Arts Administration from Boston University.
In her spare time, Cheryl loves to hike, paint, and hang out with her family.
Kimberly Gritman, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Marketing Coordinator
Kimberly born and raised in Pittsfield, MA, is passionate about building and strengthening her community. She is honored to be able to help spread positive and important messages about Pittsfield through her capacity as Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.’s marketing coordinator, a position she has held since the summer of 2017.
Kimberly is a two-time alumnus of Berkshire Community College with associates degrees in Theatre and Business Administration and was honored as the co-valedictorian of the class of 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree from MCLA in the Performing Arts, graduating Summa Cum Laude, with coursework including arts management. Kimberly has served as the lead coordinator of Pittsfield’s First Fridays Artswalk since January of 2014 and has been active with the Berkshire Community College (BCC) Players since 2007. She has appeared in numerous plays and musicals at the college and has assisted with their marketing campaigns. She has also appeared at the Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield and the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee. Kimberly is an avid hiker, yogi, Latin dancer, and indoor soccer player. Contact Kimberly
Arri Better, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Executive Administrator
Arri started her career working for the City of Pittsfield at the Council on Aging, the Pittsfield Police Department, and the Personnel Department. At the Council on Aging, Arri was an Outreach Worker counseling Seniors on health insurance programs. She also ran the programs that occurred at the Senior Center including the Brown Bag Program which helps supplement seniors with extra food each month. Arri expanded her work-related talents by working at the Children’s Place, Dick Sporting Goods, and Webster Electric. Through her career she has gained knowledge working in customer service, human resources, and office management.
Arri joined the Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. team in October 2021. She is enthusiastic about working for a non-profit establishment and is eager to learn grant writing. She is delighted to be part of the DPI organization and to help facilitate growth to our ever-growing beautiful downtown.
In her spare time, Arri enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, exercising, and record shopping. Contact Arri