Program Staff

Jarred Gibson

Jarred Gibson comes to Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation with more than 15 years of experience in education. Most recently, he served as a project director with TNTP, a national education nonprofit that works at every level of the public school system to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education. In this position, Jarred worked with school districts in North Carolina and across the country to develop teacher coaching programs, implement new literacy curriculum materials and build school leader capacity.

Clare Bradshaw

Clare Bradshaw joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as a Fellow in July 2021. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clare received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021. She was also a concurrent student at Duke University as a Robertson Scholar. While at UNC and Duke, Clare studied labor policy and future of work topics relating to the climate, public health, and education. In addition to her studies, she has worked in several community and research spaces centering worker equity and economic justice.

Caitlin Burke

Caitlin Burke comes to Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation with environmental research, teaching and nonprofit work experience at the national, state, and local level. Previously, she was associate director at the Conservation Trust for North Carolina where she oversaw the organization’s service programs, managed collaborative programs including sourcewater protection and climate change efforts, supported its community economic development partnerships, and co-led its racial equity efforts.

Sorien Schmidt

Sorien Schmidt came to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation with a broad range of experience in the nonprofit sector, from public policy and data analysis to coalition building on topics ranging from economic security to juvenile justice to health insurance coverage. Most recently, Sorien served as the North Carolina State Director of Enroll America where she managed staff and volunteers working statewide to hold conversations with more than 200,000 North Carolinians in-person and by phone regarding Affordable Care Act health insurance coverage.

Shaheen B. Towles

Shaheen B. Towles joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in February 2012 as its first director of communications. Shaheen is responsible for building awareness of ZSR’s mission, grantmaking and programs; providing appropriate information to stakeholders; and furthering the role of ZSR as a leader on issues of current importance to the state. Prior to this position, Shaheen worked as director of communications and outreach for the e-NC Authority, the state’s former broadband authority, established in 2000 by the General Assembly.

Tom Lambeth

Tom Lambeth joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in 1978 as executive director and now continues to serve as director emeritus. Throughout his career, Tom has dedicated himself to the people of North Carolina in a variety of capacities. He has worked on the campaign staff of gubernatorial candidate Terry Stanford, served as assistant to the chair of the NC Democratic Party, and was administrative assistant to Governor Sanford. From 1965 to 1969, Tom was an administrator at the Smith Richardson Foundation in Greensboro, and from 1969 to 1978, he worked as administrative assistant to U.S.

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