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​*Board of Directors


Tom Bradshaw

Developer, Investment Banker
Former Mayor of Raleigh
Former Chair, Public School Forum

Russ Campbell

Matt Bristow-Smith

Principal, Edgecombe Early College High School
2019 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year

Russ Campbell

Russ Campbell

Senior Communications Officer, Burroughs Wellcome Fund


Donnell Cannon

Executive Director of District Transition and Re-Design, Edgecombe County Public Schools


*Newell Clark

Mayor, City of Lexington, North Carolina

Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer

President, Central Piedmont Community College

Astrid Emily Francis

High school ESL teacher, Cabarrus County Schools

*Sonja Gantt

Executive Director, CMS Foundation

Maurice “Mo” Green

Executive Director, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Former Superintendent, Guilford County Schools

*Tracey Greene-Washington

President of Indigo Innovation Group
Founder, CoThinkk
Former Director of Special Initiatives, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust


*Ferrel Guillory – Vice Chair|Editorial Advisor

Professor of the Practice, Director, UNC Program on Public Life, UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Author, Reporter, and Former Editor of the Editorial Page, News & Observer; Member, NC Journalism Hall of Fame


*Andrew Holton

Managing Principal, Rivermont Capital
Former Senior Adviser to Janet Cowell, State Treasurer of North Carolina

Rep. D. Craig Horn

D. Craig Horn

Former Representative, District 68, North Carolina General Assembly


Sam Houston

President, North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center

Dr. Anthony D. Jackson

Superintendent of Vance County Schools

*Steve Lassiter

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Programs and Services, Pitt County Schools
2014-15 North Carolina Principal of the Year

*Dr. Patrick Miller – Secretary|Treasurer

Superintendent, Greene County Schools
2019 A. Craig Phillips Superintendent of the Year


Kayla Morais

NC Program Director, Students for Educational Reform

Mariah Morris

Mariah Morris

2019 North Carolina Teacher of the Year

Shirley Prince, Executive Director of North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association

Dr. Shirley Prince

Executive Director, NC Principal and Assistant Principals Association
Former Superintendent, Scotland County Schools

Mebane Rash

 *Mebane Rash – CEO, President, and Editor-in-Chief


Yona Wade

Director of Community Affairs, Cherokee Central Schools


Brad Wilson

CEO Emeritus of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina


*Chris William – Chair

Executive Producer and Moderator, Carolina Business Review
Managing Director in Wells Fargo Advisors Private Client Group


Gerry Hancock – Founder, EducationNC