Bethany Chaney grew up in Chapel Hill and has lived in Carrboro since 2004. She is a skilled professional with nearly twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including local, statewide and national community development, homeless services, and youth development organizations. Her work has taken her to big cities and rural places all across the country, but no place is more special to her than the North Carolina piedmont.
In 2004, Bethany founded her own consulting business, providing strategic, program, and business planning services to non-profit organizations and foundations, with a focus on community economic development and community development financial institutions. She works from her small house in a neighborhood near downtown, replete with wildlife. (You know. Deer.)
Bethany has volunteered on several non-profit boards, but in 2011, she turned her energies to local government and joined the Carrboro Planning Board. She served as chair from mid-2012 until May 2014, and as a member of the board’s Outreach Committee, she helped organize and facilitate a series of affordable housing dialogues and three community zoning conversations. Bethany’s experience with development and ordinance review, as well as lessons learned from community outreach events, led her to the decision to run for Alderman during the 2014 special election. She has since been reelected to a term to expire in 2019. Bethany served as chair of the Board’s Affordable Housing Task Force for two years, and currently serves on the Chapel Hill Transit Partners Committee, the Triangle J Council of Governments Board of Delegates (elected Treasurer in 2017), and the Community Home Trust Board of Directors. She also serves as Board Liaison to the Town’s Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Board and Affordable Housing Advisory Commission. She also served on Orange County’s Housing Work Group for the 2017-2022 Master Aging Plan planning process.
Bethany is a graduate of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, including Chapel Hill High School. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Northeastern University. She is an active supporter of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition and a member of Piedmont KTC and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP. An accomplished writer, Bethany is a past NC Arts Council Fellow and the recipient of the William Saroyan Society Centennial Prize for Non-Fiction. Her award-winning baskets are coiled from longleaf pine needles harvested from a Carrboro back yard.