North Carolina Chapter

Place-Based. People-Powered. Equity-Focused. Training North Carolina’s emerging leaders.

NLC North Carolina trains cross-sector leaders who are committed to moving the communities they serve and our state forward. We connect inclusive leaders who have the expertise to implement change, and provide the skills and network to make that progress a reality.


Fellows trained since 2014.


Hours of training provided to emerging leaders at no cost.


NLC North Carolina alumni that have held or run for office.

NLC provided me a space to meet more like-minded folks dedicated to improving North Carolina for all people. I was challenged to think critically about progressivism, my career path, and my values while growing my leadership abilities. The dynamic nature of programming gave me a robust, well-rounded set of skills that have profoundly shaped my future.

– Kat Kirby
2020 NLC North Carolina Fellow

2021 Fellows

Amanda Wright

Associate Attorney, James, McElroy and Diehl P.A.

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Aron Johnson

Deputy Political Director, Bollier for Kansas

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Candace Eaton

Associate, Marketing Intelligence & Insights, Reynolds American, Inc.

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Chanel Quick

Associate Director, Transfer & Diversity Admissions, NC Agricultural & Technical State University

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Connor Kirkpatrick

Development Associate, Student U

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Hillary Li

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta

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Isaiah Withers

Community Organizer, National Black Worker Center

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Jason Torian

Elementary School Teacher, Durham Public Schools

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Jelyse Dawson

Founder, Fusion Fitness by Jelyse

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Jimmie Bellamy

Attorney, North Carolina Air National Guard

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Kenny Palmer

Press Manager, Indivisible Project

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Kevin Lambert

Field Organizer, North Carolina Democratic Party

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Lior Vered

Policy Advocate, Toxic Free North Carolina

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Sam Chan

Press Assistant, Roy Cooper for North Carolina

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Tamara Bland

Director of Compliance, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

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Trey Gibson

Civic Engagement Organizer, Common Cause North Carolina

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Tyler Walker

Executive coordinator, Democracy North Carolina

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Victoria Walters

Equity and Inclusion Consultant

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Maaso Kalema

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Jennie Belle

Jonas Silver

Kathleen Lockwood

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Samuel “Wes” Tripp

Tanner Lockhead

Victoria Watlington

Whitney Magendie

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Amy Handler

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Antoine Marshall

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Kriss Gomez

Lachelle Pulliam

Louis Duke

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Sunny Frothingham

Terrence Foushee

Will Scott


Anne Gordon

Audrey Whetten

Katherine Rucinski

Kristen Powers

Ricky Hurtado

Ryan Regan

Virginia Reed

Whitney Barkley-Denney


Andrew Franklin

Anne Evangelista

Dave Wils

Elisabeth Jones

James Bartow

Jess Miller

John Verdejo

Justin Phillips

Kendall Fowler

Terry Brown


Carly Jones

Charlotte Stewart

Cody Benoit

Dakota Cary

Jamal Tate

Keischa Lovelace

L. Brady Bender

Michael Cooper

Rebekah Whilden

Wilson Lester


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Anna Stearns

Brad Johnson

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Conen Morgan

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Grayson Cooper

Jason H. Parker

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