Downtown Chapel Hill


About Chapel Hill
Downtown Partnership

Our Mission: The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.  The Downtown Partnership is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit agency tasked with leading and managing  the downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promotions; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. 

The Downtown Partnership places an emphasis on enhancing and promoting the assets of downtown, and developing programming to address the fundamental needs of downtown; all to foster an environment that supports economic growth and prosperity.

308 West Rosemary Street - Suite 202, Chapel Hill, NC - 919-967-9440  

Meg McGurk Executive Director

Meg McGurk
Executive Director

Elinor Landess Campus & Community Coalition Director 

Elinor Landess
Campus & Community Coalition Director 

Bobby Funk Assistant Director

Bobby Funk
Assistant Director

Alex Rike Program Manager 919-371-0779

Alex Rike
Program Manager

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Scott Maitland, Chair
Topo Distillery
Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Elizabeth Sasser, Vice Chair
Lecturer, UNC

Gordon Merklein, Treasurer
UNC Real Estate Development

Rae Buckley
Town of Chapel Hill

Joel Curran
Communications & Public Affairs UNC

Amanda Garner
Orange County Economic Development

Patty Griffin
Chapel Hill/Orange Co Visitor's Bureau

Pam Hemminger
Mayor, Chapel Hill

Elizabeth Flake
Underground Printing

Mark Sherburne
The Carolina Inn

Len Wohadlo
3 Birds Marketing

Badham Dixon
UNC Undergraduate Representative

Lauren Joca
UNC Graduate Representative

Open Seat
Chapel Hill & Carrboro Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Furman
Northwood Ravin

Board of Directors

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Board currently consists of nine voting members; fifteen total members.  Four of the board members are appointed by the Town and at least one appointment is a downtown property owner and one is a downtown business owner. Two are appointed by the University of North Carolina. These six members serve staggered, three-year terms. Additionally, three members are chosen by the other board members.  There are six non-voting liaison members; including both a graduate and undergraduate student from UNC. 


Statement from the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Board of Directors and Staff on HB2:

 Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Downtown Chapel Hill is a community proud of inclusivity and diversity, built on respect and acceptance of all. It is the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill and as such, we strive to make downtown a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

We join with many of our downtown businesses, elected leaders, and economic development partners in saying that House Bill 2 is inconsistent with both Chapel Hill and downtown's history and goals of building a community that is better, healthier and thriving due to embracing everyone.

To that end, we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that downtown Chapel Hill will always be open to business and open to all. For more information please contact Executive Director Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or