Michael Lemanski, Director

Michael Lemanski joined the School of Government in 2011. He has more than 15 years of experience using innovative finance mechanisms to complete complicated real estate development projects. Michael manages a team of development and planning professionals that lead community, economic development, and revitalization projects for state and local governments and their partner organizations. He is the founding director of the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), which assists local governments with attracting private investment for transformative redevelopment projects. His redevelopment portfolio includes over 2 million square feet of vacant real estate where he has attracted over $500 million dollars of new investment into some of the most distressed downtown areas. Michael is also the founder of Greenfire Real Estate Holdings and is a founding member of the Investors’ Circle NC local network. He graduated with honors from NC State University with degrees in chemical engineering and environmental science, and received an executive MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Christy Raulli, Associate Director

Christy Raulli joined the School of Government in 2013, where she manages operations for the Development Finance Initiative (DFI), a program that assists local governments with attracting private investment for transformative redevelopment projects. She brings more than 15 years of community and economic development experience to the School, including having co-founded an affordable housing organization and having managed a NC Department of Commerce program that leveraged federal funding to attract private investment in small businesses across NC. Raulli is currently advising local governments on approximately $100 million of redevelopment projects and leads a team of real estate, community, and economic development professionals and graduate students. She graduated with honors from SUNY Fredonia, holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UNC, is a licensed real estate broker, and is the vice-chair of the Town of Hillsborough's Planning Board.

Tyler Mulligan, Faculty Lead

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.

 

Project Managers:

Peter Cvelich

As DFI's Senior Project Manager affiliated with the UNC School of Government, Peter delivers DFI's market research, financial feasibility modeling, and pre-development advisory services to communities of various sizes, such as Morganton, Morrisville, Warrenton, Wilmington, and Wilson. Peter has managed and advised on $130M of revitalization projects in various stages of development.  Prior to graduate school, Peter worked at RTI International, where he supported the international development consulting practice through market research, strategic communications, and business development. Peter has also worked in tax credit syndication, underwriting Low-Income Housing, Historic Rehabilitation, and New Markets tax credit transactions on behalf of equity investors. Peter received an MBA from UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Master's of City and Regional Planning from UNC in 2014.

Rory Dowling

As a DFI Project Manager affiliated with the UNC School of Government, 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. As a Graduate Student Fellow with DFI, Rory supported and led a variety of downtown revitalization projects including a feasibility analysis for redeveloping a historic hotel and a municipal land acquisition strategy for the creation of a town center. Prior to graduate school, he spent six years in the specialty insurance industry, first as an underwriter in London and then as a broker in San Francisco. Rory received a dual master’s degree from UNC in 2014 (Business and City & Regional Planning) and holds a Bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University.

Jordan Jones 

As a DFI Project Manager affiliated with the School of Government, 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. 

Marcia Perritt

Marcia Perritt first joined the School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) in 2012 as a Community Revitalization Fellow. Her areas of professional interest include neighborhood revitalization, downtown redevelopment, safe and affordable housing, healthy foods access, public engagement, and asset preservation. Prior to graduate school, Marcia worked at a statewide nonprofit dedicated to building the capacity of low-income communities to address environmental injustices. She has over eight years of experience in community development. Marcia earned a Master of City and Regional Planning, specializing in housing and community development, and a Master of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. 

Eric Thomas

As a DFI Project Manager affiliated with the School of Government, Eric is currently working on the development of a mixed-use Town Center, and advising all DFI projects in site analysis and design. During graduate school, Eric assisted in the conceptual design, program definition and site analysis on DFI projects located in Shallotte, Kannapolis, Kinston and the Broughton State Hospital in Morganton. 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.