As Director of Community Investment for IMC, Easter Maynard combines a career focused on business and philanthropy to lead ChildTrust Foundation, IMC’s charitable arm. Started in 2003, ChildTrust Foundation invests primarily in early childhood education and literacy efforts across North Carolina with a particular focus on serving under-resourced families and communities. In this role, Easter has helped establish an early childhood funders collaborative leveraging nearly 20 grantmaking partners to invest in and advocate for strong early childhood policy and practice in the state.
Easter serves on the IMC board of directors and in 2018 became chair of the board of Golden Corral Corporation. She is also one of the founders of Camp Corral, which she helped establish in 2011 to strengthen military families by providing summer camp experiences for children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes. Thanks to a unique partnership with Golden Corral restaurants, Camp Corral has served more than 21,000 children in camps throughout the U.S since its inception.
In addition to her work at IMC, Easter joined the NC Banking Commission and the board of BB&T in 2018 and currently serves on the newly formed Truist board of directors. She also serves as board chair for the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation and on the board of the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. Easter previously served on the boards of the Methodist Home for Children, Triangle Community Foundation, NC Center for Women in Public Service, the NC Conservation Network, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County
Easter has received numerous awards for her efforts, most recently the 2018 Vernon Malone Friend of Education Award from WakeEd Partnership, the Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC School of Social Work, the 2017 Triangle Community Foundation Catalyst Award for visionary philanthropy and the 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Award from the Triangle Business Journal. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communications from Wake Forest University and a master’s in social work and community practice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.