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, Assistant Director of Business & Membership Services
North Carolina League of Municipalities

Secretary (2018-2020)
Rick Thurmond, Senior VP for Community and Business Development
Charlotte Center City Partners

Treasurer (2019-2021)
Connie Kincaid, Business Development Manager
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
Chambliss & Rabil Commercial Realty

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

Vice President/Education (2018-2020)
Kathleen Patterson, Downtown Development Administrator
Town of Elon, NC

Associate Director/Community Member (2018-2020)
David Maurer, AIA
Raleigh, NC

Associate Director/Corporate Member (2018-2020)
Patrick Reilly
Rehab Development

Associate Director/Professional Member (2018-2020)
Daniel Bellot
Rose & Associates

Associate Director/Associate Member (2018-2020)
Jennings Gray, Retail Development Specialist

Region 1, Mountain Region (2018-2020)
Buffy Phillips, Executive Director
Downtown Waynesville Association

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

Region 3, Southern Coastal Plain (2019-2021)
Ed Wolverton, President & CEO
Wilmington Downtown, Inc.

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

Region 5, Northern Coastal Plain (2018-2020)
Christina Caudle, Main Street Development Director
City of Roanoke Rapids

Region 6, Eastern Piedmont (2018-2020)
Sarah Edwards, Executive Director
Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation

Region 7, Western Piedmont (2018-2020)
Lizzie Morrison, Executive Director
Mount Airy Downtown, Inc.

Large Cities Director (2018-2020)
Bill King, President & CEO
Downtown Raleigh Alliance


Jason Epley, Executive Director

Phone: 704.305.4381
PO Box 3392
Salisbury, NC 28145