Staff Contact & Board Members

Collaborative Staff

  • Donna Gallagher, Executive Director, 919.212.4267
    donna.gallagher@ncidacollaborative.org
  • Pamela Wakefield, Financial Opportunity Fellow
  • Adonis Brown, Financial Opportunity Fellow
  • Branden Dyer, VISTA Leader, Growing Household Income

The Collaborative of North Carolina

Physical: 4021 Carya Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610 (NC Rural Center)
Mailing: PO Box 27386, Raleigh, North Carolina 27611
Phone: 919.212.4267

Current Board of Directors

The Collaborative is currently governed by an eight member Board of Directors representing several of the founding organizations, IDA program partners, and members of North Carolinas community development network.

  • Kati Sessoms, Board Chair
    VP at Xenith Bank
  • Lucy Gorham, Secretary
    Executive Director at UNC Center for Community Capital
  • La-Tasha Best-Gaddy, Treasurer
    Business Advisor, North Carolina Center University Small Business Development Center
  • Josh Collins
    Business Performance Advisor, Insperity
  • Nam Douglass
    Attorney
  • Elsie Gilmore
    Executive Director at Kingdom CDC
  • Dan Kornelis
    Director of Housing, Forsyth County
  • Marquita Robertson
    Financial Education Manager, NC Office of the State Treasury

How to Give

First - be educated about financial security. Read and learn from our FaceBook pages and websites: North Carolina Saves and NC Assets.

Next - share your time. We can use your talents to encourage others with their financial goals, to join your voices with others in speaking up for our families, and to help lead us into our future. Check out Get Involved/Volunteer for current listings.

Finally - make a contribution. Visit Get Involved/Donate Now.

Who Supports Us

Bank of America Foundation
BB&T
CFED
Citi Foundation
City of Raleigh
Corporation for National and Community Service
C.S. Mott Foundation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
First Citizens Bank
Gateway Bank and Trust
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
MDC
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
North Carolina Credit Union League
North Carolina Department of Commerce
North Carolina Department of Labor
North Carolina Electric Cooperatives
North Carolina Housing Finance Agency
North Carolina Institute for Minority Economic Development
PNC
SunTrust Bank
UNC Center for Community Capital
UNC School of Social Work
Wells Fargo Foundation
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Why Give

Your gift helps break the cycle of poverty in North Carolina and creates a state where all have the opportunity to move up the economic ladder. Income is important, but it is not enough. Individuals and households can build assets when financial education is available in communities across the state - we all need to know how to choose consumer friendly financial products and steer clear of high cost, predatory services. You can move more people toward economic security by investing in The Collaborative.

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