NCEDA Foundation Board of Directors

The NCEDA Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors consisting of passionate leaders from all sectors of economic development. The board is devoted to serving the needs of the economic development community and the broader North Carolina citizens.

Foundation Board Officers 2021-22

President & CEO

Randall Johnson MBA

NC Biotechnology Center
About Randall Johnson

Vice Chair

Dr. Patricia Mitchell

Appalachian State University
About Dr. Patricia Mitchell

Secretary / Treasurer

Liz Dobbins-Smith


Foundation Board Members 2021-22

Josh Hallingse
Transylvania Economic Alliance
About Josh Hallingse
Joanna Helms
Town of Apex
About Joanna Helms
John Nelms
Duke Energy
About John Nelms
Chris Platé
Monroe-Union County Economic Development
About Chris Platé
Steve Yost
North Carolina’s Southeast
About Steve Yost

Foundation Board of Directors Support 

Foundation General Counsel

Ernie Pearson
Nexsen Pruet
About Ernie Pearson

Foundation Administrative Support

Emily Martin