Tracey Greene-Washington, the director of special initiatives, joined the Trust in March 2017. In this role, she leads the strategic implementation of the foundation’s two major long-term efforts—Healthy Places NC, focused on improving the health of 10 to 12 rural counties, and Great Expectations, an early childhood initiative working to help Forsyth County’s youngest children be prepared for success in school and life by the time they finish kindergarten.
Prior to joining the Trust, Tracey served as the program officer for community economic development at Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR) and was instrumental in creating a strategy to address the statewide racial and gender wealth gap in North Carolina. She also spearheaded projects and conversations to develop strategies to address asset poverty and shape ZSR’s investments in community development finance institutions and the evolving manufacturing sector. Before joining Z. Smith Reynolds in 2011, Tracey served in numerous roles at organizations including the National Rural Funders Collaborative--a 10-year philanthropic collaborative organized to support rural communities and address persistent poverty – and the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations—a statewide network of nonprofits committed to advancing community economic development initiatives. She has been a tireless advocate for communities throughout her career, and her efforts have helped community leaders reposition themselves and fulfill the missions of their organizations.
A native of Asheville, Tracey serves as the board chair for the Center for Leadership Innovation and is the former vice chair for the Southern Rural Development Initiative. She is also the founder of CoThinkk, a giving circle comprised of African-American and Latinx members who are committed to improving the economic mobility, leadership development, and education narrative of communities of color in Western North Carolina. Tracey holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. Though she resides in Concord with her husband and son, Tracey’s commitment to Winston-Salem is rooted in the city’s focus on innovation as it works to bring about community change that improves the lives of all residents.
Director, Special Initiatives