Committed to public policy issues ranging from health care to water quality to homelessness, Nora Ferrell has spent years helping nonprofits and foundations tell their stories. As the communications director at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, her work includes creating public relations strategies to share the work of the Trust and its grantees, building relationships with the media, overseeing the Trust’s online presence, and working hard to make the world of philanthropy understandable to the average person. Since joining the Trust in 2012, Nora has also provided leadership around the implementation of the Innovations in Rural Health Award, the public launch of Healthy Places NC, and the Trust-funded KaBOOM! playgrounds in rural communities. Prior to joining the Trust, Nora served as the vice president of the Community Media Workshop, a Chicago-area nonprofit; the communications director and editor at Minnesota 2020, a public policy think tank; and a senior account executive for Valerie Denney Communications (VDC), a public interest public relations firm in Chicago. During her time at VDC, Nora earned the Edwin J. Shaughnessy’s Quality of Life award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for her media work around police torture in Chicago.
Though Nora lived in the Chicago area for the better part of 11 years, she is happy to be back in North Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When she’s not in the office, Nora serves on Action Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway Communications Committee and can’t get enough of the North Carolina sunshine. She and her husband RT are happy to be raising their two small children, Trey and Margot, in the Tar Heel state.