Business Owner, Attorney Join Downtown Inc Board of Directors


YORK, PA – Downtown Inc recently welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, with business owner Joanne Ekeledo and attorney Kate Hynes bringing their experience, energy and expertise to help improve Downtown York.

“This is an exciting moment of growth and opportunity for Downtown Inc as the organization implements a new strategic plan that plots a course for an even more vibrant future,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc, the downtown improvement organization for York. “I look forward to Joanne and Kate adding their perspectives and skillsets to our board, where they’ll influence a wide range of projects that will leave a lasting impression on the downtown district.”

Joanne Ekeledo

Joanne Ekeledo

An advancement officer at Logos Academy, Ekeledo also owns the Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast in the WeCo neighborhood. Her business has been featured in the Washington Post, and she often is a resource for visitors who experience Downtown York. Ekeledo was honored with a Women of Excellence Award at last year’s Annual Minority and Women Owned Business Luncheon and brings a keen business perspective to the board. She has a degree in public policy and community planning from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and serves on the boards for the York County History Center and Creative York. 

Kate Hynes

Kate Hynes

“Downtown Inc is vital and relevant to the continued revitalization of York City,” Ekeledo said. “I look forward to serving on the board and bringing a diverse voice to the organization and its mission to improve our downtown district.”

A magna cum laude graduate of Drexel University with a law degree from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Hynes has been an associate attorney at Stock and Leader since 2013 and is a member of the firm’s Business and Real Estate Practice Groups. She served as past president of the YWCA York Junior Board and has been deeply involved with the York Young Professionals, which awarded her the Members Choice Award in 2016 in recognition of her outstanding service to the organization and community.

Hynes will chair Downtown Inc’s Public Safety Committee.

“The city is the economic core of York County, and as a resident of Downtown York, I have a personal interest in its continued success and growth,” Hynes said. “Downtown Inc is a forward-looking organization that is always pushing to achieve its vision of an ever-improving downtown. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow board members to achieve our collective goals.”

The Downtown Inc Board of Directors is comprised of 11 volunteers who bring a diverse set of experience and viewpoints to the organization. All work or live in Downtown York.


Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit for more information.


Andrew Staub, Marketing & Communications Manager, Downtown Inc,, 717.849.2331

Silas Chamberlin, Chief Executive Officer, Downtown Inc,, 717.849.2331