Downtown Bozeman Staff

Ellie Staley

Executive Director

Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Ellie Staley has most recently been the Assistant Director for the Downtown Bozeman Partnership since 2006. After growing up in Omaha, Nebraska and receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, she moved to Bozeman in 2000.  Ellie has over 20 years of event coordinating, sales and management experience at several established local businesses in addition to her work managing the membership, events and marketing for the Downtown Bozeman Association, the 501c6 non-profit arm of the Partnership. She has a deep love for the Downtown Bozeman community and through her passion and hard work, continues to play an important leadership role in our community through creative collaborations with small businesses, property owners, the City of Bozeman and beyond. Ellie is also committed to supporting social infrastructure as well as advocating for accessibility to the arts and culture. She is also an avid adventurer who loves to ski, raft, hike, cook and travel with her husband John, daughter Maren, and Border Collie Lexi.

Emily Cope

Economic Development Director

Emily Cope began working at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership in August of 2019 as the District Manager, she transitioned to the role of Economic Development Director in June of 2021. Emily grew up moving around the country and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She moved to Bozeman in 2014 to manage the opening of the city’s first purpose-built off-campus student housing community. Since then she also gained property management experience working in downtown Bozeman at Mountain Home Vacation Rentals. Her experience in property management included oversight of maintenance, marketing, and customer service. As the Economic Development Director, Emily oversees the Business Improvement District and assists with projects of the Urban Renewal District. Emily is excited to fulfill this new role in Downtown Bozeman. 

Makai-Lynn Randall

Program Director

Makai-Lynn Randall started at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership in September of 2019. Raised in Kenai, Alaska, she fostered a love for serving and preserving her community. This passion eventually led her to earn a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with a concentration in Community Recreation and Event Management. Makai-Lynn’s experience in event coordination and recreational programming has given her the opportunity to work a variety of unique jobs before landing with the Downtown Bozeman Partnership, as the Operations Manager. In June of 2021, she stepped into the role of Program Director, where she now oversees the Downtown Bozeman Association's member relations and featured events.

Mike Grant

Maintenance Employee

Mike Grant has been with the Business Improvement District since May of 2015 working as the general maintenance employee.  Originally from Butte, Mike moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Mike’s love of the outdoors and recreational opportunities around Bozeman kept him here.  Mike has worked for First Security Bank, Louisiana Pacific and most recently as the property manager for the Downtowner Building.  Mike joined the Business Improvement District for the opportunity to spend more time working outdoors and helping beautify the downtown area.  It also gives him more time to pursue his true passions, mountain biking, and skiing.  Mike also works as a bike mechanic at Rad Bikes and as a lift operator at Bridger Bowl.

To view the Downtown Bozeman Partnership structure, click here