Leadership Council

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation realizes how valuable it is to have the involvement of a diverse group of leaders, who have their finger on the pulse of the State, partner with us as we continue to work alongside the people and communities of North Carolina.

In 2016, the Board and staff of the Foundation selected a 20 member class to serve a three-year term as ZSR’s second Community Leadership Council.

  • Adam Klein, Chief Strategist, American Underground
  • Adam Tarleton, Partner, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP
  • Anna Warburton Munroe, Shareholder, Allman Spry Davis Leggett & Crumpler, PA
  • Charles Thomas, Program Director, Knight Foundation
  • Dawn Chavez, Executive Director, Asheville Greenworks
  • Edward Boyd, Chief Strategy Officer, iNvictus Group Holdings, LLC
  • James Moore, Police Chief, City of Rocky Mount
  • Jamilla Hawkins, Extension Agent, Community & Rural Development, Edgecombe County Center, NC Cooperative Extension
  • Jill Swain, Executive Director, Huntersville Chamber of Commerce
  • Juanita Wilson, Director of Snowbird/Cherokee County Services, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • Kate Pett, Executive Director, Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • Lorelei Costa, Executive Director, Outer Banks Community Foundation
  • Marcus Hill, Lead Coordinator, Forsyth Community Food Consortium
  • Mary Joan Pugh, Deputy Director, N.C. Zoo
  • Matt Calabria, Wake County Commissioner, Wake County
  • Misty Chase, Director of Greene County Transportation, Greene County
  • Peter St. Onge, Associate Editor, Editorial Board, The Charlotte Observer
  • Ricky Hurtado, Executive Director, Scholar's Latino Initiative
  • Shorlette Ammons, Community Foods Systems Outreach Coordinator, NC A&T State University, Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Sonja Gantt, Executive Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Foundation

CLC Members (2013-2015)

  • Callie Moore, Executive Director, Hiawassee River Watershed Coalition, Inc.
  • Charlotte Noel Fox, Attorney, Craige & Fox, PLLC
  • Rep. Chuck McGrady, House of Representatives, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Senator Jay Chaudhuri, Senate, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Jennifer Jackson, Executive Director, Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women
  • Joel Olsen, CEO, O2 emc
  • Mary Newsom, Associate Director, Urban and Regional Affairs, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
  • Mebane Rash, CEO, EducationNC
  • Melanie Chernoff, Public Policy Manager, Red Hat, Inc.
  • Nation Hahn, Chief Growth Officer, EdNC.org
  • Nick Sojka, Attorney, Williamson, Dean, Williamson & Sojka, LLP
  • Sandra Diaz, Owner, Here & Now Health Coaching
  • Sarah Nunez, Assistant Director, Hispanic/Latino Initiative
  • Tara Kenchen, CEO, NC Community Development Initiative
  • Theresa Pinto, President, Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Tony Hayes, President and CEO, TRANÇAS
  • Travis Hargett, Managing Director of Services Sales, SHI