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 Associate Director Marcia Perritt. DFI’s team includes Senior Project Managers Rory Dowling and Jordan Jones, and Project Managers Matt Crook, Omar Kashef, Sarah Odio, and Eric Thomas.

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 Francine Stefan at

Faculty Coordinators

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Professor of Public Law and Government
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Special Projects Manager, Development Finance Initiative