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Megan Liddle Gude
Vice President for South End
Megan is a community builder, with experience in urban planning, facilitation, engagement, advocacy and placemaking. As VP for South End with Charlotte Center City Partners, Megan manages programs to activate public and private spaces, enhance public infrastructure, promote the neighborhood’s best attributes, and connect people and businesses.
Megan has been part of the Charlotte Center City Partners team since 2012. Before moving to Charlotte, she worked as a facilitator with the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation, building dialogue and consensus on topics in community health, racial equity, and rural economic revitalization. She also spent three years coordinating an international human rights coalition with the Rights and Resources Initiative in Washington, D.C.
Megan holds a Master of Urban & Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia, and a degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Building Initiative and is a graduate of the CBI Leadership Development
Initiative, and the International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship.
South End Programs Coordinator
Chelsea Galusky is the South End Programs Coordinator. She is a part of the Economic and Community Development team that supports South End businesses, connects its residents, and ensures that the neighborhood is the best place to live, work, and play.
Prior to joining the team, Chelsea created content and managed social media channels at the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. She has also worked in client management and strategic planning for a marketing firm, and spent 12 years in alumni engagement and special events at her alma mater, Vanguard University of Southern California. Originally from Hawaii yet raised in South Carolina, Chelsea loves sharing Aloha vibes with South End newbies and Charlotte unicorns.
South End Brand Associate
Maddie moved to Charlotte in 2019 after falling in love with the city’s vibrant atmosphere, entrepreneurial community, and excellent bites and brews. She has been extremely passionate about supporting local business since a young age, as her grandparents were restaurant owners in her hometown of Arlington, VA.
As Charlotte Center City Partners’ South End Brand Associate, Maddie supports and promotes local businesses and events through the South End and Rail Trail social media accounts, websites, and newsletters. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and live music lover, and in her spare time she can be found at the South End Market, hiking and paddle boarding, or exploring the amazing restaurants around Charlotte. Before moving to Charlotte, Maddie completed her Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science and History at Longwood University in Virginia.
How Do We Work?
The South End Municipal Services District is administered by Charlotte Center City Partners, by an annual contract with the City of Charlotte.
Budget and annual program of work are governed by the Board of Directors of Charlotte Center City Partners, and by the South End Committee of the Board.
South End Board Committee
- Lauren Harkey, Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, Chair
- Alyson Davis, Craft Growler Shop and Lincoln Street Kitchen + Cocktails
- Brooks Whiteside, Whiteside Industrial Properties
- Collin Ricks, The Durban Group
- Courtney Estes, Lincoln's Haberdashery, Futo Buta
- DeAnna Allen, Brown Sugar Collab
- Debbie Williams, Brookhill Community Association
- Doug Stephan, Vision Ventures, Chair Emeritus
- Dr. Arpita Patel, Blooming Smiles Dentistry
- Dr. Bradford Picot, South End Dentistry
- Erik Johnson, Whitepoint Partners
- Grayson Hawkins, Wilmore Neighborhood Association, ex-officio
- Josh Patton, Wooden Robot, Elsewhere
- Ketan Patel, Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop
- Lyle Darnall, EDENS
- Lynn Neal, Resident
- Mark Holoman, Cousins Properties
- Phil Sanford, Resident
- Rachel Russell Krenz, Ram Realty
- Randy Alexander, Lowe's Home Improvement
- Sam Judd, Asana Partners
- Steve Allen, Resident
- Valerie Preston, President of Dilworth Community Development Association
- Will Smith, Camden Property Trust
About Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) is a non-profit organization focused on making our downtown and surrounding neighborhoods great places to live, work, and visit. South End is supported by the professional services of Center City Partners. The organization has existed since the 1980s and has provided services to South End since 2006.
Our role is to work with neighbors, public agencies and private partners to fulfill the community vision for South End: a place that is people-first, walkable, urban, vibrant, built along light rail transit, and fueled by the energy and innovation of diverse and creative people.
Our services for the district include communications, marketing and promotion of the neighborhood, producing special events and programs, advocacy, economic development, and management of some public spaces, especially along the Rail Trail.
For more information on CCCP, visit charlottecentercitypartners.org
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