Silas Chamberlin CEO Downtown Inc Downtown York Pa

Chamberlin has served as CEO of Downtown Inc since October 2016.  After growing up in York County, he spent 15 years living and working in Philadelphia and Allentown. Prior to returning to York, Chamberlin served as executive director of the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, an organization promoting economic revitalization in five counties of southeastern Pennsylvania. He also held leadership positions in the non-profit sector and state government.  Throughout his career, Chamberlin has focused on helping communities leverage their unique assets to create opportunities for economic development and a higher-quality of life.   

Chamberlin is the leader of all aspects of Downtown Inc’s mission, leading the charge to drive, enhance, and encourage investment in York’s central business district. Chamberlin's core responsibilities include:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Community Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Economic Development

Chamberlin serves on the boards of Better York, YorkCounts, and the Partnership for Economic Development of York County.  He also serves on a statewide level as chairman of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, an independent partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Chamberlin holds a PhD in Environmental History from Lehigh University and is a nationally-recognized authority on all aspects of trail development, a topic on which he has spoken and written widely.  His book, On the Trail: A History of American Hiking (Yale University Press), is the first national history of America’s hiking community and trails movement.


Jody Chesla, Downtown Inc, York, PA

Chesla has served as Office Manager since January 2014. Previously, Chesla served as the organization's bookkeeper.

Chesla provides staff support, maintains the database listings for Main Street York, Inc. and the York Business Improvement District Authority, and oversees day to day operations of the office. She serves as the staff liaison to Downtown Inc's Development and Finance committees. In addition, she provides administrative support to Better York.

Chesla will advise the Board of the York Young Professionals as Past President for 2018. She is also a member of Leadership York's LTP Class of 2018.

Chesla holds an A.S.B. in both Accounting and Business Administration from Cambria-Rowe Business College, and a B.S. in Technical Management from DeVry University.


Rooney has served as Project Administrator since August 2017. A York native and Red Lion Area Senior High School graduate, Rooney is also an alumni of Leadership York’s Future Leaders of York program. Prior to his start at Downtown Inc, Rooney held internships with Representative Kevin Schreiber, Senator Robert Casey, and several Lancaster non-profits, where he worked on a range of transportation, community, and economic development projects.

Rooney oversees the projects and programs relating to the Urban Landscape of Downtown York: efforts to improve the overall economic health of the City of York through enhancements to Continental Square, the Heritage Rail Trail, the Codorus Creek, and downtown housing and placemaking, as well as managing the Downtown Clean-Up Crew.  

Rooney is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where he majored in government and minored in environmental studies.

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Mylea Thompson, Events Manager

Thompson has served as Events Manager since March 2018. She oversees all Downtown Inc events, including First Fridays, Go Green in the City, the Masquerade Ball, the Business Series and more.

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A Los Angeles native, Thompson has called York her home for the past 15 years. She has nearly two decades of experience in community development and planning events in a professional and volunteer role for organizations such as the Community Progress Council, the YMCA and various other organizations.

During her time with the Community Progress Council, Thompson served as a facilitator for the Poverty Simulation and helped organize National Night Out events. As the CPC’s Work Ready Education Facilitator, Thompson also assisted clients with job retention and building customer-service skills, life skills, computer skills and more. She also has experience coordinating mentoring programs, running youth events and more.

In addition to her extensive event planning expertise, Thompson is a professionally trained vocalist, actress and fiber artist, who has performed and exhibited her work both locally and nationally. Her joy is in being creative.

Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Norfolk State University and a certificate in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music.


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Staub has served as Marketing & Communications Manager since January 2018. He oversees the organization’s marketing and communications initiatives, including media relations, social media and e-newsletters. He also is responsible for publication of the triannual Downtown York magazine and management of DowntownYorkPa.com.

Before joining Downtown Inc, Staub served as the Communications Specialist with the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. In his previous career, Staub was an award-winning journalist, covering local and state governments for Watchdog.org, The News-Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) and The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre). He began his journalism career as a copy editor at The York Daily Record/Sunday News. He was a 2015 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.

Staub is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and a past member of the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance, where he served on the Media Committee.

A York County native, Staub graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He resides in New Freedom.