Northside Development Group Announces New CEO

Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson

SPARTANBURG, SC | Monday, January 13, 2020 - Northside Development Group (NDG), a 501 c 3 nonprofit focused on the redevelopment of the City of Spartanburg’s Northside neighborhood has selected Michael Williamson as their new CEO. He succeeds Tammie Hoy-Hawkins who, for six years held the post, helped develop and implement the neighborhood revitalization project.

Williamson previously served as the Community Development Project Manager for the City of Greenville. In this role he oversaw the City’s participation in affordable housing developments with both for-profit and non-profit partners. His accomplishments include securing $2.1M in Neighborhood Initiative Program funding through the state and helping lead a major planning effort resulting in the creation of the Greenville Housing Fund and $4.5M in funding. A huge focus of his work with the city, was working with neighborhood residents to address their needs, including affordable housing planning and owner-occupied repairs.

"The Northside community welcomes Michael onto our team. Since we began this journey in 2011, we have been blessed by thoughtful and capable leaders: first, Curt McPhail and most recently Tammie Hoy Hawkins,” says Bill Barnet, CEO and Board Chair of NDG. “Michael exhibits the passion, energy and skills of these two remarkable builders and is capable of, and poised to, continue the momentum we see around us. Our board, staff and Voyagers are excited to share the next chapter with him."

“I am honored and excited to have been selected as CEO for Northside Development Group. I have greatly enjoyed my time with the City of Greenville building a foundation of working with communities to create economic opportunity and affordable housing solutions,” says newly appointed CEO Michael Williamson. “I look forward to engaging with and learning from Northside Voyagers, residents and the greater community to make Northside the place that residents envision-a place where everyone can live and thrive.”
Prior to his work with the city, Williamson worked in the non-profit affordable housing sector with Habitat for Humanity and Community Link. He is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class of 45 and was named Upstate Business Journal Best and Brightest 35 and Under in 2019. Michael holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and his Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from Clemson University.

Northside Development Group is a diverse group of people investing time, skills, and dollars for a safe and strong northside community. It serves to encourage and manage the redevelopment of the City of Spartanburg’s Northside community, honoring its past and expanding the opportunities for a mix of affordable and market rate housing, economic, educational, recreational, health, and social opportunities for its residents. As a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, our operations are funded and supported through partners, donors and volunteers.

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