Nora Ferrell

Director of Communications

At the Trust

I care about public policy issues ranging from health care to education to water quality to homelessness. That’s why I’ve spent years helping nonprofits and foundations tell their stories. My work includes creating public relations strategies to share the work of the Trust and our grantees, building relationships with the media, overseeing the website, and making the world of philanthropy understandable to everyone.

My Proudest Accomplishment

I’m proud to be using the power of communications as a driver to move the Trust’s strategy forward.

Before I Got Here

  • Vice President, Community Media Workshop, a Chicago-area nonprofit
  • Communications Director and Editor, Minnesota 2020, a public policy think tank
  • Senior Account Executive, Valerie Denney Communications, a public interest public relations firm in Chicago

Education and Awards

  • Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, Duke University
  • Edwin J. Shaughnessy’s Quality of Life Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago for media work around police torture in Chicago
  • Leadership Winston-Salem, Class of 2017
  • Hull Fellows Leadership Program Graduate
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

When the Day is Done

I serve on the Board of Directors of Forsyth Futures and Leadership Winston-Salem, and can’t get enough of the North Carolina sunshine. My husband RT and I love raising our two children, Trey and Margot, in the Tar Heel state.

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