FORUM SERIES: Affording Greenville – Rights vs Privileges

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 6:30pm


Where do you live? Where do you eat? Where do you shop? When you look around these places, who do you see shopping, eating and living beside you? Greenville is a town on the boom and with the boom comes bust for some or our community members. How do we grow as a city without leaving portions of our population behind? Can we keep housing and entertainment affordable near our city center? Is it our responsibility to even do so? Featuring panelists Ivory Matthews (Executive Director of the Greenville Housing Authority), Amy Ryberg Doyle (Greenville City Council), and Pastor Darian Blue (Executive Director of Phillis Wheatley Association, Pastor Nicholtown Baptist Church).


IVORY MATTHEWS is the Executive Director of the Greenville Housing Authority.  Before serving in Greenville, Matthews was the Deputy Executive Director of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo, Ohio.  She also served the city of Aiken’s Housing Authority for many years as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer.  She has served on the Southeastern Regional Council of NAHRO and is a member of CEOs for Cities and the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association.  A Leadership Greenville Class of 42 Member, Matthews holds degrees from Troy State University and Newberry College.

AMY RYBERG DOYLE  has served as a member of the Greenville City Council since November 2007. Ryberg Doyle is a graduate of Aiken High School and Boston College. She has lived in Boston, New York City, and Europe. While in New York City, she was a member of the launch team of the ground-breaking internet start-up, Inc., which went public in 1999 and was purchased by NBC Universal in 2006. Ryberg Doyle then launched Fidelity Investments online sites. She then successfully launched her own business, beauty e-tailer site, Inc. by raising over $7 million in venture capital.

DARIAN BLUE, a native of Gainesville, Fla. moved to Greenville, SC in December 2011 and has served as Senior Pastor of the Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church, “The LOVE Center”, since February 2012. In the first 4 years, his vision for “GREATER” has made a huge impact on the community and transitioned him to become a powerful influence throughout Greenville County. The church membership has grown from 60 members to over 350+ souls.  He has been appointed as Executive Director of the historic Phillis Wheatley Association and is committed to raising awareness and community funds to keep this historic landmark and its programs alive, changing the world one child at a time.

Our moderator for the evening will be Jonathan Parker, Director of City Involvement for Fellowship Greenville.

We will be starting at 6:30pm.  And as always, this is FREE and OPEN to the public.