David Brown joined the School of Government in August 2012 to coordinate the school’s expanded outreach and service to the General Assembly and to state and local officials. Previously, he spent eight years at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC. While at GAO he conducted performance audits of major federal programs, which involved site visits in North Carolina and many other states. His work resulted in detailed reports and recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Brown earned a BA in government and English from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary.
Anita R. Brown-Graham rejoined the School of Government in September 2016 to lead the public launch of a special initiative that seeks to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on policy issues that affect North Carolina communities. Brown-Graham’s first tour as a faculty member was from 1994–2006, when she covered the areas of civil liability and community and economic development aimed at revitalizing communities. In 2007 Brown-Graham became the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. There, she led IEI’s work to build North Carolina’s capacity for economic development and prosperity. Each year, she and her colleagues at IEI worked with leaders across the state in business, government and higher education to focus on issues important to our state’s future. Brown-Graham began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California and as business litigation counsel in a Sacramento, California, law firm. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, American Marshall Fellow, and Eisenhower Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI, and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership in the state. She also currently serves on the boards of several organizations. Brown-Graham earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emily Williamson Gangi identifies opportunities for faculty and staff to become involved in public policy matters of statewide significance. She also manages projects designed to help public officials in North Carolina navigate critical policy challenges across a wide range of topics, including education, economic development, health, criminal justice, public finance, and the environment. She teaches a service-learning course for undergraduates on state and local governance. Prior to her work at the University, Gangi directed strategic planning for the North Carolina Community College System and spent eight years at Western Piedmont Community College, serving as vice president for student development and executive director of Western Piedmont Foundation. She served on the Hildebran Town Council, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Advisory Panel, and the board of directors of Burke Economic Development Council, Blue Ridge Healthcare Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Burke County. Emily received her BA in political science and MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed an education specialist degree in higher education administration from Appalachian State University. Gangi received the UNC Distinguished Young Alumnus Award and was named Burke County Woman of the Year.
We welcome guest posts from practitioners and subject matter experts whose content aligns with our mission and policy areas of interest. Please contact one of the authors above if you are interested in posting on our blog.