Tyler Mulligan, Associate Professor of Public Law & Government and Director of Development Finance Initiative

Tyler Mulligan joined the School of Government in 2007, where he counsels state and local government officials and their partner organizations regarding development finance, community economic development, and revitalization efforts. Mulligan launched the School's Development Finance Initiative, which assists local governments with attracting private investment for transformative development projects, and now serves as faculty advisor for the initiative. Prior to joining the School of Government, he practiced law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, in Raleigh, where he represented investors and syndicators in structuring investments in real estate and related investment funds, and he represented corporations and local governments in site location and economic development incentive matters. Prior to private practice, Mulligan served as a Navy diver and JAG Corps officer. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar. He earned a BA in public policy studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Duke University and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Yale University Elm-Ivy Award.

Marcia Perritt

Marcia Perritt first joined DFI in 2012 as a Community Revitalization Fellow while pursuing dual Master’s degrees in Public Health and City & Regional Planning at UNC. As Senior Special Projects Manager, Marcia handles business development for DFI and provides specialized assistance related to community engagement and communication across all DFI projects. She currently advises North Carolina communities on projects ranging from the adaptive reuse of a historic downtown hotel to supporting neighborhood revitalization efforts in areas suffering from blight, vacancy, and disinvestment. Her professional interests include land banking, affordable housing, creative placemaking, and asset-based community development. Prior to graduate school, Marcia worked at a statewide nonprofit dedicated to building the capacity of low-income communities to address environmental injustices.


Senior Project Managers:

Peter Cvelich

As DFI's senior project manager, Cvelich delivers DFI's market research, financial feasibility modeling, and pre-development advisory services and supports the project management function at DFI. He has managed and advised on $130M of revitalization projects in various stages of development.  Previously he has worked at RTI International, where he supported the international development consulting practice through market research, strategic communications, and business development. He has also worked in tax credit syndication, underwriting low-income housing, historic rehabilitation, and new markets tax credit transactions on behalf of equity investors. Cvelich earned master’s degrees in business and city and regional planning from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Rory Dowling

As a DFI Project Manager, Rory currently manages over $175M of redevelopment including the adaptive reuse of two historic structures, master developing 20-acres of riverfront property for a mixed-use town center, and master developing a municipal complex expansion that will include public uses as well as residential, retail, office and hospitality uses. Outside of his work with DFI, Rory is currently overseeing a $60M master development in Fayetteville, NC that includes the adaptive reuse of the historic Prince Charles Hotel, 175-unit new multi-family construction, and 125-room hotel that will surround a new minor league baseball stadium. Rory received a dual master’s degree from UNC in Business and City & Regional Planning and holds a Bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University.

Jordan Jones 

As a DFI Project Manager, Jordan is serving as the Project Manager on more than $30 million of projects across North Carolina and Virginia. Jordan joined DFI in 2012 as a Graduate Student Fellow while studying community economic development at UNC. He also serves as a Project Manager for Watershed Ventures, a real estate redevelopment and investment firm focused on reactivating downtown Danville, VA. Jordan is also the Project Manager for the $13 million redevelopment of the historic Prince Charles Hotel in Fayetteville, NC. He graduated from UNC with dual master’s degrees in City & Regional Planning and Public Administration in 2014. Prior to graduate school, Jordan worked in community economic development in New Orleans focusing on the revitalization of a historic African American commercial corridor. Jones also holds a B.S. from Wake Forest University in Business and Enterprise Management. 


Project Managers:

Matt Crook

Matt Crook joined DFI in 2016 and leads projects assisting municipalities with real estate and economic development opportunities. Previously, he worked for a number of startup companies focusing on sustainable enterprise, renewable energy and small business financial consulting. Before entering graduate school, he worked as a product manager and strategy consultant for Navigant Consulting in Washington, D.C. Mr. Crook earned an MBA and a BA in Political Science and City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Omar Kashef

Omar Kashef first joined DFI as a Graduate Fellow in 2015 while pursuing dual Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Information Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. As Project Manager, Omar is currently managing over $120 million of redevelopment across North Carolina, including the redevelopment of a 16-acre mixed-use district and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. He also provides assistance with outcome evaluation and data visualization for DFI projects. Prior to joining DFI, Omar worked for a non-profit organization focused on transitioning community members out of homelessness and poverty. His professional interests include downtown revitalization, commercial real estate development, and affordable housing. Omar also holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in Economics and Public Policy.

Sarah Odio

Sarah Odio joined DFI as a Graduate Fellow in 2016. As a DFI project manager, Sarah specializes in affordable housing and currently oversees mixed-use and housing redevelopment projects in Durham, Brevard, Rocky Mount and Kinston. Projects also include hotel development in Bermuda Run and the adaptive reuse of a historic mill in Hendersonville.  She has also advised communities on post-disaster downtown recovery. Sarah joined DFI in 2016 as a graduate fellow while pursuing a Master's degree in City & Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill.  Prior to graduate school, she focused on community and economic development policy as an aide for a Miami-Dade County commissioner. Sarah holds a B.A. from Vassar College. 

David Summers

David Summers joined DFI in 2016. He leads projects assisting municipalities with real estate and economic development opportunities. Prior to joining DFI, he worked with higher education clients creating public-private partnerships for on-campus development. Before entering graduate school, he worked as a district manager for Target Corporation, led a Wells Fargo banking branch, and served as sales manager for General Electric. Summers earned an MBA from with concentrations in real estate, finance, and sustainability from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BBA in marketing from North Carolina Central University.

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas joined DFI in 2015 and is currently managing multiple mixed-use development projects across North Carolina including the master development of a mixed-use Town Center.  Eric is also assisting in the conceptual design, program definition, development budget, cost estimation and site analysis on DFI projects.  Prior to graduate school, Eric worked as a Community Planner within Washington DC's Office of Capital Projects and Planning and was involved in the District's first Public-Private partnership dedicated to the creation of public open space. Eric holds dual Masters Degrees in City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University and received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Andrew Trump

Andrew Trump currently manages several development projects for DFI, including a $485 million downtown master redevelopment and the mixed-use redevelopment of an historic 30-acre textile mill. Prior to joining DFI, Trump held various roles within community and economic development organizations. As an economic development analyst for the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Trump created strategy for rural social enterprises and economic development organizations. As a facilitator at the Center for Creative Leadership, Trump coached groups of community and civic leaders focused on downtown and economic development projects. He began his career in adult education and workforce development in the Seattle area and later managed the primary office of Reading Connections, North Carolina’s largest community-based adult education agency. Trump earned master’s degrees in public administration and city and regional planning, with a focus on real estate and economic development, from UNC-Chapel Hill.