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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Annual Work Plan

For many years, the Downtown Norfolk Council Board and staff have taken a deliberate, disciplined and focused approach to addressing the needs of Downtown and our constituents. Each year, the Board sets the general direction for the staff to follow. The Board also establishes key objectives that allow them to focus their energy and resources on the areas where they feel they truly can make a difference. These objectives are addressed in depth by the Board, and established committees focus entirely on these objectives. And as always, the Board is focused on responsible advocacy for Downtown and its constituents.

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Downtown Norfolk Council Board of Directors: FY 2023-2024

The DNC Board of Directors consists of 24 members representing the DID ratepayers and DNC membership. The Mayor and a representative from the City Manager’s office serve as ex-officio representatives to the board. Additionally, the two council members representing Downtown along with representatives from partner organizations and the residential civic league serve as liaisons.

The Board of Directors hold their meetings on a monthly basis on the second Wednesday of the month at 8am. The following is a list of the Board members serving as the governing body of the organization for fiscal year 2024. 


Mel Price
Work Program Architects

Vice Chair
Patrick Edwards
The Stockpot Norfolk

Immediate Past Chair
James Wofford
General Manager
MacArthur Center*

Jenny Bonsiewich
P.B. Mares, LLP

President/Corporate Secretary
Mary Miller
President & CEO
Downtown Norfolk Council

Board of Directors:

Raffaele Allen
Chief Operating Officer
Marathon Development Group, Inc.*

Tony Brothers

Scott Campbell
VIA design architects*

Preston Carraway
Residential Rate Payer/DNCL Officer*

Lorraine Connaughton
Residential Rate Payer/DNCL Officer*

Christian Conway
Creative Manager
Dominion Enterprises*

Matthew Crowe
Catering Sales Manager
Hilton Norfolk The Main*

Dan Hankin
Director of Marketing

Jesse Hemphill
General Manager
Norfolk Waterside Marriott*

Ray King
Of Counsel
Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black LLP

Tommy Leeman
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
Steward Partners Global Advisors

Miles Leon
S.L. Nusbaum*

Christy Marron
Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub & Restaurant

Michelle Nichols
Branch Manager

Lacy Peterson
General Manager
Glass Light Hotel & Gallery*

Amy Sampson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters*

Jimmy Schools
Senior Property Manager
Hertz Corporation*

Brittany Treble
Tax Manager

Eva Wiggins
Director of Marketing
Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate

Alec Yuzhbabenko
Associate Design Principal


The Honorable Kenneth C. Alexander
City of Norfolk

Pete Buryk
Chief of Staff
Office of the City Manager

Ward Representatives:

The Honorable Courtney Doyle
City of Norfolk

The Honorable Andria McClellan
City of Norfolk

General Counsel:

Dean T. Buckius
Vandeventer Black LLP

* - Representing the Downtown Improvement District