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)(3) 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

President (2019-2021)
Mary Rose, Planning Director
City of Clinton

President-Elect (2019-2021)
Zack Matheny, President & CEO
Downtown Greensboro, Inc.

Past President (2019-2021)
Julie Metz, Director
Downtown Goldsboro Development Corporation

Secretary (2020-2022)
Rick Thurmond, Senior VP for Community and Business Development
Charlotte Center City Partners

Treasurer (2019-2021)
Connie Kincaid, Executive Director
Alexander County Economic Development Corporation

Vice President/Technical Assistance (2019-2021)
Matthew Black, Downtown Coordinator
City of Monroe

Vice President/Government Affairs (2019-2021)
John Jesso, Business Development Manager
Chambliss-Rabil, Rocky Mount, NC

Vice President/Membership (2019-2021)
Kimberly Van Dyk, Director of Planning & Community Revitalization
City of Wilson

Vice President/Education (2020-2022)
Ray Gibbs, Executive Director
Forward High Point

Associate Director/Community Member (2020-2022)
Kathleen Patterson, Downtown Development Administrator
Town of Elon

Associate Director/Corporate Member (2020-2022)
Patrick Reilly
Rehab Development

Associate Director/Professional Member (2020-2022)
David Maurer, AIA
Maurer Architecture

Associate Director/Associate Member (2020-2022)
Jennings Gray, Retail Development Specialist

Region 1, Mountain Region (2020-2022)
Amy Bridges, Downtown Community Development Manager
Town of Forest City

Region 2, Southern Piedmont (2019-2021)
Audrey Whetten, Executive Director
Uptown Shelby Association

Region 3, Southern Coastal Plain (2019-2021)
Vacant – Director recently moved out of state

Region 4, Central Coastal Plain (2019-2021)
Tina Parker, Commercial Development & Main Street Director
Town of Tarboro

Region 5, Northern Coastal Plain (2020-2022)
Jennifer Harriss, Executive Director
Destination Downtown Edenton, Inc.

Region 6, Eastern Piedmont (2020-2022)
Sarah Edwards, Executive Director
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

Region 7, Western Piedmont (2020-2022)
Lizzie Morrison, Executive Director
Mount Airy Downtown, Inc.

Large Cities Director (2020-2022)
Bill King, President & CEO
Downtown Raleigh Alliance


Jason Epley, Executive Director

Phone: 704.305.4381
PO Box 3392
Salisbury, NC 28145