Civic Innovation

​More about the No Barriers Project Team 


Sarah Hazel
Sarah is an International City/County Management Association Management fellow in the Charlotte City Manager's Office where she works on special projects, research and decision analysis. She spent seven years running national campaigns for a missio- based consulting firm, specializing in grassroots fundraising, advocacy and election outreach for good causes and candidates. Hazel expanded Grassroots Campaigns Inc.'s operations across 12 states and supervised a recruitment project, hiring 3,000 campaign staff in four months. Because of her belief that government can be transformative, she turned her focus to a career in public service. She received her masters in public administration from UNC Chapel Hill in 2014.


Eugene Bradley
Eugene is a service area supervisor for the City of Charlotte Neighborhood and Business Services Department that provides housing, economic development, code enforcement and community engagement services for city residents. Eugene has more than 10 year'0s public sector planning and implementation experience in the fields of neighborhood revitalization, community development, "place-making" and land use planning. He began his career with the City of Rochester, New York assisting with community capacity building, community engagement and waterfront development and later worked as a planner for the City of Norfolk, Virginia developing and implementing neighborhood plans. Eugene has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's in urban and regional planning with an emphasis in urban management from University at Buffalo, New York.


Alysia Osborne
Alysia is Director of Historic West End for Center City Partners. She was formerly a planning coordinator for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department and has more than 12 years of private and public sector place-making experience in zoning, capital facilities, environment, transportation and land use planning. She lead development of policy plans for neighborhoods, transit station areas, business corridor revitalization, community engagement/public outreach models and participates in zoning review. Alysia was also a strategy lead for the City's Community Investment Plan, where she leads coordination of $135 million in capital projects for East Charlotte. Alysia is a certified planner in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), has a bachelor's degree in political science/pre-law from Tougaloo College and a master's in urban and regional planning with an emphasis in environment/land use law from Jackson State University.


Ashley Simmons
Ashley is the communications manager for the Mayor's Office. As the official representative and 'face' of the city, the Mayor interacts with constituents at all levels. Ashley's responsibilities encompass all communication strategies for the Mayor's Office, including but not limited to media relations, social media management, web content development, internal communication, strategic planning and speechwriting. Having worked in public relations for multiple NC public school districts, corporations and non-profits, Ashley understands the need for effective communication with various stakeholders to resolve concerns and develop solutions for complex challenges.  Ashley obtained a BA in journalism and mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MPA from UNC-Pembroke.


Amy Nicholson
Amy is the creative and content webmaster for the City of Charlotte's Neighborhood & Business Services (NBS).  A native of Charlotte, Amy has owned three local businesses and previously served as vice president of Advanced Computer Supplies, where she sourced international products and developed marketing materials that included brochures and catalogs. Her love of public art and design eventually led her to her current role at NBS, where she provides graphic design services, oversees the creative process for a variety of NBS projects and maintains the department's internal and external websites. In addition to doing graphic design, Amy is also an accomplished artist and enjoys painting, sculpting and drawing. She received her bachelor's degree in geography & urban planning from East Carolina University.