Lisa Hayes, downtown development director

Lisa Hayes joined the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation as downtown development director in 2011 and then transitioned to the same position with The Town of Wake Forest in 2012. Hayes leads the DRC’s Downtown revitalization and business recruitment efforts by coordinating its annual program of work; overseeing daily operations; providing communication between task force groups; managing organized programs, events and marketing to promote the Renaissance area; developing and managing economic strategies in conjunction with the Economic taskforce; and serving as a source of information and data for the Renaissance area business district and the community at large.

Hayes earned an associate degree in business management from the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa. She worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years, 10 of which were spent in branch management and business banking at the SunTrust branch located in Downtown Wake Forest.

Lisa has held a number of volunteer positions in the Wake Forest area. She has served on the board and was a founding member of both the Wake Forest Purple Heart Foundation and the Wake Forest Community Response Team; serves on the board and was a founding member of the North Carolina Purple Heart Foundation; sat on the board and served as steering committee chairperson for Hoops for Wake Forest for 10 years; and has served multiple terms and still sits on the board for the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club. She has been active in the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, where she served in the Ambassador program and in the Franklin County Chamber, where she graduated from its Leadership program. She was part of the volunteer committee for the Special Olympics when Wake Forest hosted participants and served on the board of the Central Carolina Western Horsemanship Association. Lisa was honored as the Wake Forest Citizen of The Year in 2010 for her commitment to the Wake Forest community.

Having grown up Pittsburgh, Lisa moved to Wake Forest where she has enjoyed living, working and raising her two children, Katie and Nicholas, since 1994.