The North Carolina Downtown Development Association is the leader in education and advocacy for economic growth and development in North Carolina’s downtowns. NCDDA is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit professional membership organization that is led by a 21-member volunteer board of directors, which meets quarterly. Members include downtown development managers, coordinators and Main Street managers; economic developers; town planners; town managers; architects; landscape architects; developers; and other professions related to the development of North Carolina’s downtowns.
NCDDA Board of Directors
Zack Matheny, President & CEO
Downtown Greensboro, Inc.
Kimberly Van Dyk, Director of Downtown Development and Director of Planning and Community Revitalization
City of Wilson
Mary Rose, Planning Director and Main Street Director
City of Clinton
Rick Thurmond, Senior VP of Community & Economic Development
Charlotte City Center Partners
Kathleen Patterson, Town Manager
Town of Mayodan
VP Governmental Affairs (2021-2023)
Jeff Murison, President & CEO
Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation
VP Membership (2021-2023)
Bianca Shoneman, President & CEO
Cool Spring Street Downtown District
VP Education (2022-2024)
Kellli Laudate, Executive Director
Downtown Sanford, Inc.
Western Region Director (2021-2023)
Amy Bridges, Downtown Community Development Manager
Town of Forest City
Northwest Region Director (2021-2023)
Amy Ogle, Executive Director
Hickory Downtown Development Association
Piedmont-Triad Director (2022-2024)
Lizzie Morrison, Executive Director
Mount Airy Downtown, Inc.
North Central Director (2022-2024)
Sarah Edwards, Executive Director
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation
Northeast Region (2022-2024)
Margaret “Meg” Howdy, Executive Director
Washington Downtown Harbor Alliance
Southwest Region Director (2021-2023)
Johnson Bray, Downtown Development Manager
City of Concord
South Central Region Director (2021-2023)
Southeast Director (2021-2023)
Lynne Harakal, Executive Director
Swiss Bear, Inc.
Large Cities Director (2022-2024)
Bill King, President & CEO
Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Associate Director – Community Member (2022-2024)
Wilson Lester, Partner
Partners in Equity
Associate Director – Corporate Member (2022-2024)
Patrick Reilly, President & CEO
Rehab Development, Inc.
Associate Director – Professional Member (2022-2024)
David Maurer, President
Associate Director – Associate Member (2022-2024)
Jennings Gray, Senior Retail Development Specialist
Jason Epley, Executive Director
NOTE: The region director positions align with the NC Commerce Prosperity Zones.