Tyler Mulligan, 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 Associate Director (Acting), Perritt 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, Perritt worked at a statewide nonprofit dedicated to building the capacity of low-income communities to address environmental injustices.


Development Advisors:

Rory Dowling

Rory Dowling is a Development Advisor for DFI, providing real estate consulting services for local governments across North Carolina. Dowling has committed his real estate career to working on projects that have a positive and transformative impact on the surrounding community, often focusing on iconic properties or sites with deep historical context and connection to the surrounding community. During his time at DFI, Dowling has managed and advised on projects representing over $250M of potential development including the adaptive reuse of two prominent historic structures into hotels, master developing 20-acres of riverfront property for a mixed-use town center, and the adaptive reuse of an historic hotel into student housing above retail.   

Outside of this work with DFI, Dowling is Principal and Founder of 1st & Main Development, a real estate development and consulting firm focused on enriching communities through downtown revitalization. 1st & Main has extensive experience developing large­-scale, mixed­-use projects in urban settings. Most of the firm's projects have been public-private partnerships involving creative financing methods, including historic tax credits, New Markets Tax Credits, tax­-incremental financing, Brownfields Tax Incentives, among others. Dowling has structured public–private partnerships through his work as a lead partner in the $110M Hay Street Master Development in downtown Fayetteville, NC – a project that includes the adaptive reuse of the historic Prince Charles Hotel, a 120-room upscale hotel, and 90,000 SF office tower that will surround a new minor league baseball stadium. Dowling is also leading a public-private partnership with Fairfield County, SC to transform the historic Mt. Zion Institute School into a county complex. Overall, 1st & Main is currently involved as owner and partner in over $90M of mixed-use private development with another potential $75M of development in the pipeline.

Dowling received a dual master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in Business and City & Regional Planning and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University.

Jordan Jones 

Jordan Jones is a Development Advisor for DFI where he supports the mission through providing his real estate expertise through consulting and teaching. He has focused his career on reactivating communities, particularly downtowns, through transformative real estate development projects. He has specialized in creative financing (including historic and new markets tax credits) and public private partnerships to deliver curated developments, particularly in lower wealth communities. With DFI, Jones has advised on more than 20 projects representing more than $600m of development potential.

Jones is also the Principal of JA Jones Ventures, his development company that has active projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Through JA Jones Ventures, Jones is one of the lead partners behind $65m of private development in his hometown of Fayetteville, NC. These Fayetteville projects include the historic renovation of the Prince Charles ($17m), acquisition/re-positioning of the Festival Park Plaza office building ($6m) as well as new construction of a public parking garage ($17m), upscale select service hotel ($22m), and Class A office building ($20m). These projects are part of the $110m public private partnership with the City of Fayetteville that also includes the delivery of a minor league baseball stadium. JA Jones Ventures has an additional $55m of projects in its pipeline.

Jones received a dual master’s degree from UNC in Public Administration and City & Regional Planning. He completed his undergraduate studies from Wake Forest University in Business and Enterprise Management.


Project Managers:

Peter Cvelich

As a DFI Senior Project Manager, Cvelich delivers market research, financial feasibility modeling, and pre-development advisory services. 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.

Matt Crook

Matt Crook joined DFI in 2016 and serves as Project Manager for projects in Concord, Elon, and other municipalities with difficult but visionary development projects. 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. 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, Kashef 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, Kashef 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. Kashef 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, Odio 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. Odio holds a B.A. from Vassar College.

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.  Thomas is also assisting in the conceptual design, program definition, development budget, cost estimation and site analysis on DFI projects.  Prior to graduate school, Thomas 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. Thomas 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 is a Senior Project Manager who 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.