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Megan Liddle Gude
Vice President of South End
Megan is a community builder, blending experience in urban planning, facilitation, advocacy and engagement to strengthen the places and connections that unite us.
As the Vice President of 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, working on planning initiatives and neighborhood development before becoming Director of South End.
Before moving to Charlotte, Megan worked as a facilitator with the Institute for Environmental Negotiation in Virginia, working with community groups to build consensus around challenging issues like community health, racial equity, and economic revitalization in rural areas. She spent three years coordinating a diverse coalition of international human rights groups with the Rights and Resources Initiative in Washington, D.C.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Building Initiative and is a fellow in the International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leader program.
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.
Chelsea Galusky is our new 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 two years ago after falling in love with the city’s vibrant atmosphere, entrepreneurial community, and excellent bites and brews of South End. 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’ newest South End Brand Associate, Maddie will support and promote 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 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
- Doug Stephan, Vision Ventures, Chair
- Lauren Harkey, Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy, Chair
- Steve Allen, Resident
- Phil Sanford, Resident
- Matt Crosland, EDENS
- Josh Patton, Wooden Robot, Elsewhere
- Mark Holoman, Cousins Properties
- Sam Judd, Asana Partners
- Justin Lane, Wilmore Neighborhood Association, ex-officio
- Courtney Estes, Lincoln's Haberdashery, Futo Buta
- Rachel Russell-Krenz, Ram Realty
- Dr. Bradford Picot, South End Dentistry
- Will Smith, Camden Property Trust
- Brooks Whiteside, Whiteside Industrial Properties
- Debbie Williams, Brookhill Community Association, ex-officio
- Collin Ricks, The Durban Group
- Valerie Preston, President of Dilworth Community Development Association
- Randy Alexander, Lowe's Home Improvement
- DeAnna Allen, Brown Sugar Collab
- Alyson Davis, Craft Growler Shop and Lincoln Street Kitchen + Cocktails
- Erik Johnson, Whitepoint Partners
- Ketan Patel, Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop
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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