NCEDA’s Board of Directors

NCEDA is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of passionate leaders from all sectors of economic development and allied professions. The board is devoted to serving the needs of our members, our sponsors and the people of North Carolina.

The 2023 Board of Directors application period will open April 3, 2023, and the application will be posted here at that time. Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith with any questions.

Officers 2021-22


John Nelms
Duke Energy
About John Nelms

Vice President

Chris Platé
Monroe-Union County Economic Development
About Chris Platé


Joanna Helms
Town of Apex
About Joanna Helms

Immediate Past President

Randall Johnson MBA

NC Biotechnology Center
About Randall Johnson

Directors 2022

Josh Hallingse
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
About Josh Hallingse
Loren Hill
Piedmont Triad Partnership
About Loren Hill
Chris Kouri
Nexsen Pruet
About Chris Kouri

Directors 2023

Martyn Johnson
Beaufort County Economic Development
About Martyn Johnson
Jason McLeod
ECS Southeast
About Jason McLeod
Ryan Nance
NC Electric Cooperatives
About Ryan Nance

Directors 2024

Kelly Andrews
Pitt County Economic Development
About Kelly Andrews
Brittany Brady
Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development
About Brittany Brady
Carl Rees
ElectriCities of North Carolina
About Carl Rees


Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders
NC Department of Commerce
Christopher Chung
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Donny Hicks CEcD
Gaston County Economic Development Commission
Representing NCEDA
Past Presidents
Alyssa Byrd
Lee & Associates – Raleigh Durham
Representing NCEDA
Emerging Executives Initiative
Lawrence Bivins
Liz Dobbins-Smith

Contact Liz Dobbins-Smith at 888.246.2332 if you have any questions or
would like to join a planning committee.