While walking down Nicollet, have you ever wondered who is behind the colorful lighting displays and music playing in the background?
Meet Jake Balistrieri, Public Space Operations Coordinator at the Downtown Improvement District. Jake joined DID in October 2017 to provide operational support for main programs including the Ambassadors, greening and Nicollet infrastructure. When the New Nicollet reached substantial completion in winter 2017, Jake took on the management of the programmable lighting elements and produced a custom light and sound show on Nicollet for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship. The next time you walk down Nicollet between 6th – 8th stop, look, and listen for Jake’s handiwork.
Jake holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. While attending school Jake worked with the Milwaukee Area Boys and Girls Club coordinating a college scholarship program and spent time traveling the country. playing music. After graduating, Jake made the move to Minneapolis to begin to plant his roots.