Marketing and Communications Leader Joins NC Early Childhood Foundation

Lindsay K. Saunders has joined the NC Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) as the new Marketing and Communications Leader. In this role, Saunders will support the marketing, communications, and outreach efforts of the organization and its partners. 

For the past eight years, Saunders has served as a marketing and communications professional with a range of NC and national nonprofits, state, and U.S. government agencies. Most notably, Saunders previously served overseas in a one-year assignment as a Development, Outreach, and Communications Specialist from October 2017 to October 2018 with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at the U.S. Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia. The U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Daniel L. Foote, recognized her with the U.S. Embassy Eagle Award “for exceptional initiative in promoting information and outreach for USAID’s Health Office.”

Prior to working in communications, Saunders’ diverse experiences include teaching elementary school in NC and Alaska; working as a paralegal for Triangle law firms; and advocating for U.S. and global poverty solutions across North Carolina and around the world, specifically with regard to education, health care, housing, tax credits, women and children’s issues, and racial equity. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University, a Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies from North Carolina State University, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Communications and Master of Arts in English concentrated in Technical and Professional Communications from ECU. 

“We are so excited to have Lindsay join our dynamic team,” said Muffy Grant, NCECF Executive Director. “She is smart, energetic, and deeply committed to the mission of NCECF.”

As the new Marketing and Communications Leader, Saunders will play a critical role in ensuring the organization achieves its plans for growth, in alignment with its mission, vision, and values. She is a key player in NCECF’s marketing and communications efforts cross-initiatives and network-wide.

Saunders is absolutely thrilled to join such a phenomenal team at NCECF. With this opportunity, she is looking forward to bringing together the layers of her career as an educator, policy advocate, and writer, to be a “teacher of the world,” using her strategic communications skills to lift up children and families. In her role, Saunders is responsible for designing and implementing an organizational communications plan centering racial equity, across all NCECF’s communication channels. 


The NC Early Childhood Foundation is driven by a bold – and achievable – vision: Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being supported by a comprehensive, equitable birth-to-eight ecosystem. We build understanding, lead collaboration, and advance policies to ensure each North Carolina child is on track for lifelong success by the end of third grade.