- Anita Simmons, Uptown Dallas Inc.

Uptown Dallas Inc. announces Kathy Stewart as the new Executive Director. Kathy is the former Executive Director of the Lake Highlands and North Lake Highlands public improvement districts. She began at the Uptown public improvement district on November 4, 2019.

Kathy served as Executive Director for the Lake Highlands Public Improvement District (PID) since 2014 as well as the North Lake Highlands Public Improvement District (PID) since 2018. Before her role as the Executive Director, she was a board member of the PID which was established in 2009.

“We’re honored to have Kathy’s expertise to lead the UDI organization,” said Jud Pankey UDI Chairman of the Board. “Kathy has stewarded countless improvements within the city and has a proven track record of success. We’re certain her value will shine in Uptown.”

In addition to her roles and service at both PID’s, Kathy practiced law in estate planning, probate and supported small businesses in asset purchase, sales and leasing at the Law Offices of Robb Stewart before opening her own practice at the Law Offices of Katherine B. Stewart. Kathy also owned and operated the Highlands Café in Lake Highlands for 10 years.

As Kathy joins Uptown Dallas Inc., her first initiative will include assessing and implementing the organizations new strategic plan. In 2018-2019, Uptown Dallas Inc. established new goals which outline short-term and long-term expectations that will guide Uptown district into the future.

In her first meeting with the UDI board of directors, she announced, “I’m here for you and I want to hear the successes and the challenges.”

The executive director selection committee, led by Paula Peters, consisted of UDI board members: Joel Behrens, Kelem Butts, Whitney Farley, Kevin Hickman, Noelle LeVeaux, Jud Pankey, Katy Slade, Neal Sleeper and Cheryl Thompson.

Kathy Stewart will lead the Uptown Dallas Inc. staff of Michael Reeder Director of Maintenance, Anita Simmons, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Bailey Sanders Office Manager and Project Coordinator.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the UDI team and I’m looking forward to better knowing the neighborhood, it’s businesses and its property owners,” stated Stewart.


Currently in its 26th year, Uptown Dallas, Inc. (UDI) is a not-for-profit management group focused on the public improvement of the Uptown District (PID) through neighborhood maintenance projects, safety and marketing campaigns, neighborhood promotions and events. For more information about Uptown, visit uptowndallas.net and follow Uptown Dallas on social media.

Uptown is Dallas’ premier lifestyle district. In less than 1-square mile, Uptown has a total land value of more than $6.4 billion and is home to more than 19,000 residents with a daytime population of more than 30,000. Uptown, Dallas continues to be economic engine of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.


Media Contact:
Anita Simmons
Uptown Dallas Inc. Director of Marketing & Communications