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.