Sarah is an Assistant to the City Manager in the Charlotte City Manager’s Office where she works on special projects and strategic initiatives. Prior to her position in local government, Sarah ran campaigns for a consulting firm, specializing in grassroots fundraising, advocacy, and outreach. Because of her belief that government can make a positive difference in people’s lives, she pursued a career in public service. Sarah received her BA in English and Government from Lafayette College and her MPA from UNC Chapel Hill. In her work with the City of Charlotte, she focuses on the power of narrative, collaboration, and employee and public engagement.
Eugene is a service area supervisor for the City of Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services Department. His department provides housing, economic development, code enforcement and community engagement services for city residents. Eugene has more than 10 years of public sector planning and implementation experience in the fields of neighborhood revitalization, community development, “place-making,” and land use planning. He began his career with the City of Rochester, New York, assisting with community capacity building, community engagement and waterfront development. Eugene also worked as a planner for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, developing and implementing neighborhood plans. Eugene has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s in urban and regional planning with an emphasis in urban management from University at Buffalo, New York.
Alysia is an urban planner, placemaker, and “rule breaker” who works to improve public gathering places, community stewardship, and creation of equitable development strategies in the Charlotte. She joined Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) as Director of Historic West End in October 2015. In this role, Alysia works closely with neighborhood stakeholders and local businesses, coordinating Charlotte Center City Partners’ efforts to create and implement a vision for a strong neighborhood center that preserves and enhances existing neighborhood assets while attracting new investment. She joins CCCP from the City of Charlotte where she worked for almost 12 years.
A Mississippi native, Alysia has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Pre-Law from Tougaloo College and a Master of Arts Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Environment/Land Use Law from Jackson State University. She is a certified planner in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a member of the American Planning Association, International Downtown Association, and has executive and advisory roles on the local and national levels of the Urban Land Institute.
With a background in urban design and planning, Monica Holmes is committed to building livable communities. She has extensive charrette design experience, actively working with stakeholders to reach sustainable, implementable solutions. Prior to joining the City of Charlotte, she consulted with over 40 communities, both big and small, on planning issues. Holmes is experienced in placemaking, neighborhood design, graphic design, and project management. With both public and private sector experience, Holmes designs spaces and places that inspire people to have fun, get engaged, and love their community. Holmes is thrilled to be working for her hometown, bringing her international design experience to her own backyard. Working with the City of Charlotte, she has focused on creating an urban design program that builds social capital and transforms the way the City thinks about the built environment.