Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) is an influential 501(c)(3) nonprofit community development organization that has had tremendous impact on Greater Downtown Phoenix through the united vision and commitment of our Members.

Formed in 1983, when a much smaller Downtown Phoenix was in decline, PCA launched significant public-private partnerships that catalyzed quality new development in the heart of Phoenix, and contributed to our growing urban vitality. As the premier business leadership organization dedicated to Greater Downtown, PCA provides engagement opportunities that link key stakeholders, identify synergies across sectors, foster collaboration, and connect key decision makers to resources and potential partners.

Today, PCA continues to find the right opportunities for business leaders to collaborate with government – city, county, state, and local federal agencies – and with other stakeholders including educational, cultural, research institutions, and emerging industries to build the 21st century city we want. PCA continues to work closely with City of Phoenix elected officials and staff and serves as an effective platform for public/private dialogue on community and economic development issues.  And as the membership affiliate of Downtown Phoenix Inc., PCA immediately connects you with all that Downtown Phoenix has to offer. PCA Members have greater access to information and opportunities that directly and positively affect their businesses, bottom lines, and impact in the community.

Meet The Staff

Devney Preuss

Executive Director, Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA)

Devney Preuss has spent the past 13 years working closely with Downtown Phoenix stakeholders, including the last three years in leadership roles with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the local organizing committee for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.


In her role as executive director, Preuss is charged with “enhancing the PCA’s membership platform and integrating the organization’s work plan with DPI’s revitalization and community building mission,” according to Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI) former President and CEO David Krietor.


“Devney brings to PCA over a decade of connectivity to our overall downtown community of business leaders, residents, government, arts, and education,” said PCA Immediate Past Chairman, Mo Stein. “Our affiliation with Downtown Phoenix Inc. makes our coalition broader, enhancing the opportunities for our members to get involved and make a difference. Devney exemplifies the energy and commitment to activate, advocate, and build the Phoenix we want.”


Ms. Preuss also serves as President and CEO of DPI.

Prior to helping bring high profile Super Bowl Central and Championship Campus activities to the Downtown Core, Ms. Preuss had a successful tenure with the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.


In addition to her background in organizational and event management, Ms. Preuss has cultivated strong working relationships with City of Phoenix senior management and key DPI staff.

Cyndy Gaughan

Director of Membership Services & Special Projects, PCA

As the Director of Membership Services & Special Projects for PCA, Cyndy manages the day-to-day operations of Membership and serves as the primary liaison for PCA, DPI, and Downtown Phoenix Partnership boards and committees.


As a result of her already accomplished career, Cyndy brings her award-winning, top-tier business development experience to the position and demonstrates daily her relationship development and management skills. She is a team player and a great ambassador for PCA and downtown.


Cyndy holds an Arizona Real Estate Broker License and Bachelor of Science in Business with management concentration. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hance Park Conservancy, and her professional interests include urban commercial infill development and redevelopment, strategic planning, business development, sales, and marketing.


On a personal note, Cyndy is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has lived in the Phoenix-metro area since 1978. You can often find her performing Irish music live at a pub near you!