NMSC Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Darryl Young, Chair

Darryl Young is the Director of the Summit Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Program. Previously, he was General Manager and led the public relations practice at Riester, a national advertising, public relations and social marketing firm. Darryl has served as the Director of the California Department of Conservation, a $1.2 billion agency responsible for recycling, open space and farmland preservation, geological hazards including seismic safety, and oil, gas, geothermal and mineral exploration. He has also been a Member of the California Board of Forestry, the Acting Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and served for ten years in the California State Legislature culminating as the Chief Consultant to the Senate Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee. In the non-profit sector, Darryl has been the National Media Director and Lobbyist for the Sierra Club. He currently serves on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, the Climate and Energy Funders Group, the TransitCenter Foundation and Reloop Platform. He is a past board member of the Funders Network, the Story of Stuff, the Container Recycling Institute, President of the National Recycling Coalition and LightHawk.

Jess Zimbabwe, Vice Chair

Jess Zimbabwe (AIA, AICP, LEED-AP) serves as Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership at the National League of Cities. The mission of the Daniel Rose Center is to achieve and support excellence in land use decision making. The Center’s flagship program is the Daniel Rose Fellowship for public leaders, which brings the mayors and senior leadership teams of 4 cities together for a year-long program of learning from land use experts, technical assistance, study tours, leadership development, and peer-to-peer exchange. Jess serves as the Rose Center’s first Executive Director. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Jess earned a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University. Jess was an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a Fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute of the Women’s Foundation of California. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Next City, and she was appointed by Mayor Vincent Gray to the Washington, DC Green Building Advisory Council She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, and a LEED-Accredited professional.

Deshea Agee

Deshea Agee is the Vice-President of Emem Group, a Milwaukee-based design build real estate firm specializing in residential and commercial real estate development services. He recently left his post of more than five years as the Executive Director of Historic King Drive Business Improvement District No. 8 (King Drive BID) and Director of the King Drive Main Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At King Drive BID Deshea oversaw implementation of the organization’s annual operating plan, property owner relations, business engagement and recruitment, and community outreach. He also served as the point of contact for King Drive’s membership in the National Main Street Center’s UrbanMain network.

Kevin Daniels

Kevin Daniels is president of Daniels Real Estate, LLC, which focuses on complex urban real estate projects that combine historic preservation and the redevelopment of landmarked structures. His work has been recognized with two National Preservation Awards and numerous local and state awards. Daniels is a Trustee Emeritus for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves on a number of other boards, including the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Seattle Preservation & Development Authority, and Gonzaga University.

Samuel B. Dixon

Sam Dixon practices law at his firm, Dixon & Thompson, PLLC, and is serving his fourth term as an elected town councilman for Edenton, North Carolina, where he is the chairman of the budget committee. He is a former board member of Preservation North Carolina and a current member of the National Trust Council.

Joe Grills

Joe Grills is the past chairman of the Montpelier Foundation, which manages the presidential home of James and Dolley Madison, a National Trust Historic Site.  He serves on the boards of Woodberry Forest School and Kimco Realty, and is a member of a number of investment organizations.

Thompson M. Mayes

Tom Mayes is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He has written and spoken widely on preservation law, the underlying purposes of historic preservation, and the future of preservation. For many years, he taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation in 2013, Mr. Mayes is the author of Why Old Places Matter (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018). Mr. Mayes received his B.A. with honors in History in 1981 and his J.D. in 1985 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

Ed McMahon

Ed McMahon is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development and Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban land Institute. He is recognized nationally as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and a leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. He recently presented “Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness” at TEDxJacksonville.

Irvin M. Henderson

Irvin Henderson is the principal of Henderson & Company, a consulting firm and development company with particular expertise in the areas of community development, commercial, residential, and enterprise development. He is the former President and CEO of Henderson Financial Services and the former CEO of Gateway Community Development. Irvin is Chair of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a Trustee of the CRA Fund, Past Chair and current Executive Committee Member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Chair of the Capital Markets Collaborative Council, and the Founding President of the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina.

Laura Krizov

Laura Krizov is the Manager of the Michigan Main Street Center and has worked for the State of Michigan for more than 18 years. Krizov served on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s CATeam, where she assisted communities in the revitalization process, including handling Brownfield projects, packaging CBDG incentives and providing technical assistance. For the last 14 years, she has been a vital part of the Michigan Main Street Program, providing training to communities and elevating the program to its current status. Krizov has worked with all of the current Main Street communities and oversees the members of the Michigan Main Street staff.

Gina Nisbeth

Gina Nisbeth currently leads Citi’s national New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investing program, manages Citi’s CRA motivated Private Equity portfolio, and serves as the President of the firm’s community development entity with the US Treasury- Citi NMTC Corporation. Along with her more than 20 years of experience at Citi, Nisbeth has a wealth of board leadership and economic development experience. She completed Seton Hall University’s Center for Public Service/ Nonprofit Sector Board Leadership Institute and 37 Angels Investor Bootcamp. Additionally, she was recently the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Newark 350, organized to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the founding of Newark, NJ.

Michael Wagler

Michael Wagler is the Main Street Iowa Coordinator at the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Downtown Resource Center. Michael has worked with the Main Street Iowa team in different capacities since 2002. Prior to becoming the State Coordinator in 2012, he served Iowa’s downtown districts as a Main Street Design Specialist. He began his Main Street journey in 1996 by investing his time and talents with his hometown Main Street program, Bloomfield, Iowa. Michael has also worked in a consulting role in states throughout the nation including: Oregon, New Mexico, and Wisconsin. He earned a B.F.A. in Historic Preservation and Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia. Michael earned his Master’s degree in Community & Regional Planning from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson brings more than 30 years of economic development experience and 20 years of Main Street experience to the NMSC Board. In his current role as Director of the Bartlesville Redevelopment Trust Authority, Wilson oversees the Downtown Redevelopment District and administers three Tax Increment Finance districts. A former Main Street Director in Bartlesville, Wilson has also worked for Main Street programs in Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and in consulting roles in other areas. Over his Main Street career, his leadership resulted in 500 redevelopment projects, 80 buildings changing hands, and a net increase of 550 new jobs. Chris serves on Boards for the Bouldin Corporation, the Washington County Affordable Housing Coalition, Churches United for Community Concern, and other community organizations in Bartlesville.