I’m a diehard optimist. I believe that together – with excellent strategy, honest dialogue, and true collaboration – we can give each child the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential. It’s what motivates me to get up each day and do this work. I’ve had the privilege of serving as NCECF’s Executive Director since 2015 and co-founded the organization in 2013. I’ve dedicated my career to working on behalf of public interest organizations, including leading the North Carolina Partnership for Children’s (Smart Start) public engagement efforts and serving as Public Relations Director at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC and as Senior Vice President at The Hauser Group, a public-interest PR firm in Washington DC.
Community matters. It’s where dynamic change happens. That’s why I help strengthen the ability of communities to collaborate and accelerate – so they can accomplish what they set out to do. Here at NCECF, I support communities to build a strong foundation for lifelong success for North Carolina children. I’ve also worked with communities around the world, on environmental health issues, across Europe and here at home in places like Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana and Bladen County, North Carolina. I have fostered healthy and safe communities through many lenses – from changing policy with a focus on prevention of environmental health threats to enhancing what’s working.
I work for the underdog. My goal every day is to help make life better for North Carolina’s young children and their families—especially those facing the most obstacles to success. In my role as Policy and Practice Leader for NCECF, I get to do that work alongside dedicated colleagues and incredible partner organizations. Together, we will continue to shift policy and practice to create a comprehensive, equitable, aligned system for children in North Carolina. I have always worked in the public and nonprofit sectors—building state human services budgets, developing legislative agendas and policy campaigns, lobbying the state legislature and Congress, and implementing a UN program in Morocco to keep girls in school.
I am still a relative newbie in the nonprofit world, but I am eager to make my mark on it and absorb as much as I can from those around me. I gain strength from my team’s diverse and extensive background to create a positive impact on the lives of children for the state of North Carolina. My passion for the nonprofit world stemmed from an internship with Project Vote Smart in Montana, which led me to do a Master in Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since then, I have worked for the North Carolina Humanities Council, Partners Ending Homelessness and Guilford Adult Health.
Tiesha serves as NCECF’s Financial Manager. She has over 20 years combined auditing, accounting, budgeting and fiscal analysis experience in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Tiesha holds a B.S. in Accounting from Elizabeth City State University and a MBA from Meredith College. Tiesha is also a North Carolina licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor. She resides in Wake County with her family.