Meet The Team

Meet the Team

Raphael Clemente

Raphael Clemente

Executive Director

Raphael Clemente took the long way to becoming an urban planner. Shortly after starting work on a bachelor’s degree in social science in 1987, Clemente took off on a decade-long adventure as a competitive cyclist, racing throughout North and South America and later in Europe. The experience gained “on the road” led to an intense interest in how streets and public spaces are designed and built and the associated effect on cities and communities.

An formal introduction to planning and community design came after retiring from professional racing at the end of 1996 and going to work as a project manager for a South Florida developer, overseeing development of residential and commercial properties in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

In 2000 he enrolled full time in the master’s degree program at FAU’s College of Urban and Regional Planning as a recipient of the program’s Environmental Growth Management Fellowship. After graduating in 2002 Mr. Clemente worked in both the public and private sector before being hired as Urban Planning and Services Director with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) in 2006. The DDA Board appointed Clemente as its Executive Director in 2011.

Throughout the time that he has been working in Downtown West Palm Beach, Mr. Clemente has been an agent for positive change with projects, programs, and policy; working on issues ranging from nightlife district safety to transportation infrastructure. Mr. Clemente has also utilized creative “instigations” and tactical urbanism methods as tools to improve and enhance the public realm. Over time, these projects and programs have resulted in a significant improvement in quality of life for residents and  an increase in business revenues.

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Teneka James-Feaman

Teneka James-Feaman

Associate Executive Director

Teneka James joined the DDA team in November 2007 as Business Coordinator. Teneka earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and has since developed an impressive career, including working for the Florida Citrus Sports, Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the American Cancer Society, fine-tuning her skills in marketing and branding strategies, business development and event planning.

In 2012, Teneka was promoted to Associate Director.  While working for the DDA Teneka received her master’s in business administration with a specialization in management from Nova Southeastern University in 2014.  In 2016, Teneka was one of twenty-six accepted into the International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leader Fellowship Program, focused on urban placemaking and management.  Most recently she was appointed as the Director of the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District.

As the Associate Director of the DDA and Director of the A&E District, Teneka works extensively on cultivating business relations, retail recruitment, developing and implementing business programs, and overseeing the marketing and public relations department for the DDA and A&E District.  She works closely with stakeholders to address their needs and concerns, and to develop tailored promotions and events.

Teneka serves as a board member of the West Palm Beach Police Athletic League and Friends of the Library for the West Palm Beach Mandel Public Library.

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Vivian Ryland

Vivian Ryland

Director of Administration

Vivian has been working in the field of redevelopment and downtown revitalization for over twenty years in Palm Beach County.  She has expertise in the fields of real estate development, budget development, Florida State Statutes relative to special taxing districts and project management. 

Vivian has her Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University.  Vivian is a native Floridian and enjoys spending time kayaking, hiking and camping.

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Tiffany Faublas

Tiffany Faublas

Marketing Director

Tiffany Faublas joined the DDA team in 2014 as their Marketing Manager from the Palm Beach County Convention Center, where she revamped the venue’s marketing efforts while overseeing all public and media communications, promotions, design and advertising efforts. Her main goal was to build awareness of clients’ events and brands. She also worked closely with many Downtown entities, community organizations and city officials, so she came to DDA already quite familiar with the Downtown area.

In 2018, Tiffany became one of only 30 urban management professionals selected as an International Downtown Association Fellow; including being promoted to Marketing Director of the DDA where she oversees the implementation of marketing, advertising, and public relations efforts to ensure the continued growth and brand of the DDA, Downtown West Palm Beach District, and the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District.

In addition to work, Tiffany serves as a Board Director of the South Florida Fair, Public Relations Chair of the West Palm Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and member of the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital Advisory Council.

Originally from Brooklyn, Tiffany became a resident of Palm Beach County in 2001, then moved to Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a master’s degree in business administration.

“It’s important to draw inspiration from many sources.”

Email Tiffany Faublas
(tfaublas@downtownwpb.com)

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Catherine Ast

Catherine Ast

District Services Manager

Catherine Ast joined the DDA team in January 2011 after serving for 13 years as operations director of a long-term care pharmacy in Boca Raton. As a Palm Beach County native, Catherine has experienced the changes in our county, especially the Downtown area, and is enthusiastic about serving our community. As DDA’s District Services Manager, Catherine is responsible for facilitating, promoting and ensuring community enrichment for Downtown residents, and managing DDA services that include landscaping, maintenance, security, trolley, clean team and pressure washing.

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Sabrina Lolo

Sabrina Lolo

Marketing Coordinator

Sabrina Lolo joined the DDA in September 2021 as the Marketing Coordinator after working as a Digital Content Producer at WPEC CBS12 News for four years. 

As the Marketing Coordinator, Sabrina is responsible for building awareness of the Downtown Development Authority and West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, as well as creating new opportunities to attract visitors to Downtown via social media platforms, e-communications and event coordination. 

Sabrina graduated from Eckerd College in St. Pete with Bachelor’s degree in Communication and minor in Journalism. While at Eckerd, Sabrina was a NCAA Division II softball player and even had the opportunity to represent the United States in Australia as part of the USA Athletes International women’s softball team.  

As a South Florida native and Downtown resident, Sabrina is enthusiastic about promoting Downtown and all it has to offer for both residents and visitors. 

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Sherryl Muriente

Public Realm Director

Sherryl Muriente oversees the programming of public spaces to further enhance the quality of life for Downtown residents and visitors.

Before joining the DDA team she worked with Street Plans, the internationally known stewards of Tactical Urbanism, for which she managed large-scale temporary projects such as Biscayne Green in downtown Miami. Muriente also served as the Creative Director of LeJobart, artist duet, in which she curated and managed large-scale public art projects. She has worked on an array of community-led interventions, alleyway restorations, and parklet studies, such as C’est la Via, Sistrunk’s Story Share, the Megaphone, and the Street Balcony Pilot Project.

As part of her grant work, Sherryl was appointed to manage the first Office of Public Life in the U.S., as an urban lab, with Gehl Studio in the City of West Palm Beach. Her work in Artena, Italy has been featured as part of a biourbanism documentary, ReGeneration City. An advocate for common sense urbanism, Muriente brings an expertise in getting the community engaged in activating place through action.

Muriente received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University.

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Jaqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Office Manager

Jacqueline Smith brings over 20 years of administrative experience, and 12 years in Office Management and Accounting.  As DDA’s Office Manager, Jacqueline is responsible for maintaining day-to-day office services by organizing office operations and procedures.  Jacqueline is active in the community and volunteers her time serving as Director of Operations for BIBIYOA Inc. (Building in Believing in Youth of America), as well as Running Fire Track Club.  Jacqueline is also an Independent Travel Agent and attended Florida Atlantic University “FAU” where she studied Hospitality & Tourism Management. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, shopping, traveling, as well as event planning and design for corporate and personal events.   

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