Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Michael Ault

Executive Director

Downtown Sacramento Partnership

After more than 20 years at the helm of Downtown Sacramento Partnership, the property based improvement district (PBID) that serves as the collective voice for the 197 property owners and more than 400 businesses located within the 66-block district of downtown Sacramento, Michael Ault has dedicated his career to the revitalization of Sacramento’s urban core.

Michael graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1992 and was recently
awarded the Distinguished Alumni award. In 1995, he was involved in the creation and passing
of Assembly Bill 3574, which enabled property based improvement districts (PBIDs) in the State
of California for the first time. The legislation was instrumental in the establishment of the
Downtown Sacramento Management District, which is managed by Downtown Sacramento
Partnership.

As Executive Director of Downtown Partnership, Michael oversees the planning and
implementation of downtown’s Clean and Safe programs, retail recruitment and retention,
business and economic development, policy and advocacy, and destination marketing for the
downtown district.

Over the past two decades, downtown Sacramento’s economic power, business and retail mix,
and size has grown tremendously. Downtown Partnership is shaping the identity of downtown
Sacramento as a business, investment and entertainment destination.