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 communications professional with a range of NC and national nonprofits, state and U.S. government agencies, and in marketing and tech companies. 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 United States 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 (ECU) in Greenville, NC; a Graduate Certificate in Paralegal Studies from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC; and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Communications and Master of Arts in English concentrated in Technical and Professional Communications, also both from ECU.
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 and grateful for this role, joining such a phenomenal team at NCECF. With this opportunity, she is especially 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 kids, families and women, with attention to social determinants.
In her new role, Saunders is responsible for designing and implementing an organizational communications plan centered in racial equity, across all NCECF’s communication channels, while being mindful of the organization’s diverse range of stakeholders.