DCA Officers 

President:  Franklin Keathley

Past President:  Valerie Preston

Treasurer:  Courtenay Buchan

Secretary:  Keely Edwards

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DCA Board Members

Term Expires 2021

Mathew Demetriades

Dana Jodice

Sis Kaplan

Nathan Leehman

Fran Miller

Valerie Preston

Term Expires 2022

Chris Carter

Stacey Hartley

Franklin Keathley

Cindy Zakary

Term Expires 2023

Courtenay Buchan

Ellen Citarella

Keely Edwards

John Gresham

Liz Lewis

Benson Okeiyi

Missy Owen

David Walters

Our Story

Beginning in 1891 as Charlotte’s first street car neighborhood, Dilworth was a special place to live, but by the 1960’s Dilworth was fighting to overcome years of blight and decay. In the late 60’s, the original Dilworth Community Development Association was formed to prevent further deterioration and encourage a focus on our inner city neighborhood at a time when city planners were focused on the suburbs. From its loosely organized roots, the DCDA grew to serve the larger Dilworth neighborhood, electing its first group of officers and board members 1971. It has been working for Dilworth ever since.

Since that time the DCDA worked to see housing codes enforced, zoning and land use modifications made that were appropriate to an inner city neighborhood, and rallied for preservation and rejuvenation of the neighborhood’s rich store of houses and commercial buildings. The DCDA continued to work  to reduce the conflict between commercial development and our neighborhood, to encourage political activism, to ensure that elected officials understand the importance of preserving the Dilworth Community, and to work to continue the development of ‘community’ within this special neighborhood which has a unique place in Charlotte’s history. 


In view of the DCDA’s achievements in restoring and (re-)developing Dilworth since its deterioration in the 1970s the board decided it was time to remove “development” from the name of the association in 2014 so that now we are the DCA: the Dilworth Community Association.