The Development Finance Initiative (DFI) at the School of Government partners with local governments to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise.

DFI partners with communities on projects including:

•   Building reuse and downtown revitalization 

•   Master planning and execution 

•   Community and neighborhood development 

•   Economic development including assessment of underutilized assets 

The Development Finance Initiative is led by Associate Professor and Director Tyler Mulligan and Special Projects Manager Marcia Perritt. DFI’s Senior Project Managers are Peter Cvelich, Rory Dowling, Jordan Jones, and Marcia Perritt; Project Managers are Matt Crook, Omar Kashef, Sarah Odio, David Summers, Eric Thomas, and Andrew Trump.

The DFI Graduate Fellows program employs several graduate students from institutions across the Triangle every year for in-depth project work. The Fellowship program compliments the students’ academic experience in the fields of business, planning, public administration, public health, information science and applied geography.

For more information about DFI and its services, contact Marcia Perritt at 919.538.1545 or

Faculty Coordinators

individual image for C. Tyler Mulligan
Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Development Finance Initiative
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Special Projects Manager, Development Finance Initiative