About us

Campustown Action Assocation - Making Campustown Shine!

About Us


Our Purpose

Since 2010, the Campustown Action Association has worked to make Campustown a destination district for the entire Ames community. Our organization seeks to create a vibrant Campustown District that blends new development with old traditions and where everyone is welcome. We recognize the role Campustown plays as the primary commercial district serving Iowa State University and we are committed to meeting the needs of those who spend time here.

The Campustown Action Association strives for visionary leadership, a broad base of volunteers and a reputation for integrity and accountability. We are advocates for the neighborhood and work to support and promote our existing businesses, as well as maintain and develop partnerships to improve quality of life throughout our community. We want you to love Campustown as much as we do!

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Our Team of Passionate


Board Members

The Campustown Action Association (CAA) is made up of Ames and ISU community members who seek to improve and promote all that is Campustown. We are passionate about the students, the residents, the businesses, the culture, and the overall atmosphere that makes Campustown such a unique and energetic place. We are business owners, active community members, students, faculty, property owners, and just people who love the area.

CAA serves as a catalyst for private and public partnerships in Ames Campustown area and works with the City of Ames and Iowa State University to foster economic, cultural, aesthetic, and social progress to ensure that Campustown is a place that will inspire a sense of pride in everyone.

Campustown Action Association is an affiliate of the Ames Chamber of Commerce

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Karin Chitty

Executive Director

Xena Jolly Headshot

Xena Jolly

President

Anne Taylor Headshot

Anne Taylor

President Elect

Sara Lefeber Headshot

Sara Lefeber

At-Large Representative

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Ryan Jeffrey

Business Improvement Chair

Amy Howard Headshot

Amy Howard

Ames Chamber Representative

Julie Gould Headshot

Julie Gould

City of Ames Representative

Jen Hibben Headshot

Jen Hibben

Community Representative

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Mike Adams

Promotions Chair

Our Team of Passionate


Board Members

The Campustown Action Association (CAA) is made up of Ames and ISU community members who seek to improve and promote all that is Campustown. We are passionate about the students, the residents, the businesses, the culture, and the overall atmosphere that makes Campustown such a unique and energetic place. We are business owners, active community members, students, faculty, property owners, and just people who love the area.

CAA serves as a catalyst for private and public partnerships in Ames Campustown area and works with the City of Ames and Iowa State University to foster economic, cultural, aesthetic, and social progress to ensure that Campustown is a place that will inspire a sense of pride in everyone.

Campustown Action Association is an affiliate of the Ames Chamber of Commerce

Karin Chitty

Executive Director

Business/Organization:
CAA

Number Of Years in Ames:
45

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The people of course!

Xena Jolly

Past President

Business/Organization:
Copyworks

Number Of Years in Ames:
16

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The energy and variety of the people spending time here

Anne Taylor

President

Business/Organization:
A&R Marketing/Dogtown University

Number Of Years in Ames:
31

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The diversity, from restaurants to students

Sara Lefeber

At-Large Representative

Business/Organization:
Iowa State Daily Media Group

Number Of Years in Ames:
6

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The vibe! It's the most eclectic district in Ames.

Ryan Jeffrey

Business Improvement Chair

Business/Organization:
Arcadia

Number Of Years in Ames:
21

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The opportunity to interact with a very diverse group of people.

Amy Mellies

Community Outreach Chair

Business/Organization:
St. John's Episcopal Church

Number Of Years in Ames:
15

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
Local restaurants and shops

Amy Howard

Ames Chamber Representative

Business/Organization:
Ames Chamber of Commerce

Number Of Years in Ames:
Working 17

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The vibe! The students bring such great energy.

Julie Gould

City of Ames Representative

Business/Organization:
City of Ames

Number Of Years in Ames:
Working 10

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The food! Especially Café Beaudelaire

Jen Hibben

Community Representative

Business/Organization:
Collegiate UMC and the Wesley Center at ISU

Number Of Years in Ames:
3.5

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
Walkability and diversity

Janeen Christy

Community Representative

Business/Organization:
The Crawford Ames Resident

Number Of Years in Ames:
2

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
Stomping Grounds / Bar la Tosca

Mike Adams

Promotions Chair

Business/Organization:
Welch Ave. Station

Number Of Years in Ames:
34

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
How the eclectic nature of the district attracts a wide variety of visitors

Chuck Klapatauskas

ISU Student Representative

Business/Organization:
ISU Student

Number Of Years in Ames:
3

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
The great scene, small businesses and fun atmosphere

Brian Vanderheyden

ISU Representative

Business/Organization:
Student Wellness - ISU

Number Of Years in Ames:
9

Favorite Thing About Campustown:
All of the amazing restaurants and food!  It’s a beautiful area to walk around and sit outside to enjoy the weather as well.