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.

Officers 2017-18

Steve Yost
The Southeastern Partnership
About Steve Yost
Vice President
Mark Pope
Lenoir County Economic Development
About Mark Pope
Pat Mitchell
Appalachian State University
About Pat Mitchell
Immediate Past President
Andrew Tate
North Carolina Railroad Company
About Andrew Tate

Directors 2018

Maureen Little
NC Community College System
About Maureen Little
John Nelms
Duke Energy
About John Nelms
Raul Peralta
ECS Southeast
About Raul Peralta

Directors 2019

Adrienne Cole
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
About Adrienne Cole
Randall Johnson
NC Biotechnology Center
About Randall Johnson
Jessica Martin-Lane
About Jessica Martin-Lane

Directors 2020

Gary Lanier
Columbus County Economic Development Commission
About Gary Lanier
Chris Platé
Monroe-Union County Economic Development
About Chris Platé
Ben Teague
Economic Development Coalition Asheville-Buncombe County
About Ben Teague


Chris Chung
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Tony Copeland
NC Department of Commerce

Scott Millar
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation

Ryan Wetherington
Allen Tate Corporate Services & Relocation

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.