Durham Recovery & Renewal Task Force

In March 2020, Mayor Schewel and Commissioner Wendy Jacobs assumed extraordinary powers under local declarations of emergency due the COVID-19 pandemic. Under these powers they have issued emergency stay-at-home orders and other declarations to keep Durham safe during this crisis. Now the time has come to plan for how Durham will recover, renew, and reemerge, and to accomplish the dual purpose of keeping our community safe while helping our economy reopen. In order to make best decisions about how to revise emergency declarations and stay-at-home orders, the Durham Recovery & Renewal Task Force (RRTF) was formed to advise them. Throughout the process,  RRTF will engage with community partners, experts, and local businesses, in order to provide our elected leaders with actionable guidance and advice. The Task Force ended in May 2021, however, the continued work of COVID-recovery is being carried out by various City and County departments.


Recovery & Renewal Task Force (RTFF) with City-County logo
Duke Health
Discover Durham
Center for Advanced Hindsight
  1. Task Force Members
  2. Meeting Calendar
  3. Meeting Agendas
  4. Past Meeting Minutes
  5. Watch Past Meetings On-Demand
  6. Industry Roundtables
  7. Community Town Halls
  8. City Life Episodes
  9. Media Spotlights


  • Katie Galbraith, Task Force Co-Chair, President, Duke Regional Hospital
  • Maticia Sims, Task Force Co-Chair, Vice President and Corporate Controller, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
  • Ibukun Akinboyo, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Duke University Hospital
  • Susan Amey, CEO, Discover Durham
  • Ed Boyd, Chief Strategy Officer, iNvictus
  • Chanelle 'C.C.' Croxton, North Carolina State Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Dr. Herbert Reynolds Davis, Senior Pastor, Nehemiah Christian Center
  • Lois DeLoatch, Executive Vice President, Self-Help
  • Geoff Durham, CEO, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • George Habel, Vice President, Capitol Broadcasting Company
  • Philip Harewood, CEO, Lincoln Community Health Center
  • Rodney Jenkins, Health Director, Durham County Department of Public Health
  • Anthony Nelson, Dean, North Carolina Central University School of Business
  • Jodi Miller, Deputy County Manager, Durham County Government, representing the Emergency Operations Center
  • Pilar Rocha-Goldberg, President and CEO, El Centro Hispano
  • Nicole Thompson, CEO, Downtown Durham Inc.

Staff Support

  • Ryan Smith, City of Durham (Policy and Partnerships) 
  • Anna Davis, City of Durham (Legal Advisor) 
  • Amber Wade, City of Durham (Assistant to Mayor Steve Schewel)
  • Shannon Beasley, City of Durham (Project Support)
  • Bryan Fox, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce (Business Roundtables)
  • Mariel Beasley, Duke University (Behavioral Science Advisor)
  • Judson Bonick, Duke University (Behavioral Science Advisor) 

 Featured Resources

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