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Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., Executive Director

Thomas, Outdoors, May 2016

Since joining the City of Orlando in 2007 as Executive Director of the Downtown Development Board (DDB) and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Thomas Chatmon oversees economic development, retail and business recruitment, marketing and special events programming, and housing development within the downtown CRA area. He has played an integral role in achieving some of downtown Orlando’s premier developments, including Church Street Plaza, Citi Tower, Marriott Orlando Downtown, Amway Center, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Chase Plaza, 55 West, SunRail, and more.

Currently, Thomas serves as the Chair of the Homeless Services Network of Central Florida (HSN) Board and on the Starter Studio Board. He has served as past chair of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and has served on various community boards including past chair of Nap Ford Community School, MyRegion.org, WMFE Community Advisory Board, and the Central Florida Urban League Board.

A native of Albany, GA, Thomas has been named in Georgia Trend magazine’s annual list of 100 Most Influential Georgians and has received numerous other distinguished awards such as the Martin Luther King Celebration Leadership Award and the Leadership Albany Outstanding Alumni Award. Thomas has been honored as one of Orlando Business Journal’s 10 Businessmen to Watch and Orlando Magazine named him as one of Orlando’s 50 Most Powerful People. A proud graduate of Morehouse College, Thomas and his wife, Brenetta, live in downtown Orlando.

Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., Executive Director


Walter Hawkins, Director of Urban Development


David Barilla, Assistant Director


Rondale Silcott, Downtown Facility Supervisor


Mercedes Blanca, Project Manager


Mary-Stewart Droege, Project Manager


Dominique Greco, Manager, Nighttime Economy


Tiffany Stephens, Fiscal Manager


Kelly Allen, Marketing & Communications Manager


Nicole Sisson, Interactive Media Coordinator


Kimberley Allonce, Economic Development Coordinator


Christel Brooks, Administrative Specialist


Ashley Edwards, Board Secretary


Rose Garlick, Information Center Manager/Business Coordinator


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