Tracey Greene-Washington

Director of Special Initiatives

At the Trust

I lead 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 prepare Forsyth County’s youngest children for success in school and life by the time they finish kindergarten.

I Work On

My Proudest Accomplishment

Becoming the board chair of the Center for Leadership Innovation, a 40-year organization with the mission to develop diverse leaders who envision, initiate, and share breakthrough approaches to addressing society’s most challenging social issues. As an emerging leader in the community economic sector, this organization invested in my leadership development in a significant way and cultivated unique opportunities for me to have greater impact across the sector and the communities that I served.

Before I Got Here

  • Program Officer, Community Economic Development, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
  • Director of Learning & Evaluation and Program Officer, National Rural Funders Collaborativea collaborative of national and regional funders supporting rural community transformation efforts
  • Director of Technical Assistance & Training, South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development, a statewide coalition supporting the development of healthy and economically sustainable communities

Education and Awards

  • Master of Social Work, with a concentration in communities and organizations, University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Social Science of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Community Investment Network Giving Circle of the Year Award
  • Association of Black Foundation & Executives Connecting Leaders Fellow
  • Bank of America Community Economic Development Fellow
  • National Congress for Community Economic Fellow

When the Day is Done

I am the founder of CoThinkk, a giving circle led by African-American and Latinx leaders in Western North Carolina that invests in strategies to address education, economic mobility/opportunity, health and wellness, and leadership development. I serve on the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation Board of Directors, and I am the former Board Chair of The Center for Leadership and Innovation and former Vice Chair for the Southern Rural Development Initiative. My husband Edmund and I love raising our son Caleb in our beloved state of North Carolina.

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