Raleigh, NC – Black elected officials, public policy advocates and grassroots organizations from around the state will convene the 12th Annual NC Black Summit on Thursday, April 20 to Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn Crabtree Valley in Raleigh. The 2017 conference will provide valuable information to elected officials, advocates and community leaders.
“As with each of the prior eleven events, the North Carolina Black Elected Officials looks forward to bringing together our community partners and those interested in public policy from across the state”, says Alliance President and Edgecombe County Commissioner Viola Harris. Harris goes on to say, “few will focus on social and economic empowerment as well as public policy initiatives to improve the African American community.”
The the 12th Annual NC Black Summit kicks off on Thursday evening with a Reception. The Summit opens with Maurice “Mo’ Green speaking at the Breakfast on Friday morning. There are breakout sessions throughout the day on Friday, as well as the Jeanne H. Lucas Luncheon at 12 pm. The evening Banquet at 7 pm closes out the Summit.
Maurice “Mo” Green is the executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Mo works alongside Trustees and staff to spearhead the Foundation’s efforts to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians. He also works with leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors to develop best practices, respond to challenges and opportunities, and generate strategies that will advance the future of North Carolina.
Mo joined the Foundation in March 2016 after completing more than seven years as superintendent of Guilford County Schools – the third largest school district in North Carolina – where he oversaw more than 72,000 students, 127 schools, approximately 10,000 employees and a budget of more than $600 million. In that position, Mo led the process of completing the district’s first-ever strategic plan, and launched a second, both of which have resulted in notable outcomes such as increased graduation rates and other impressive student achievements, both academic and non-academic.
Mo began his career as a lawyer in private practice after doing two United States judicial clerkships. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics and a law degree, both from Duke University. His exemplary leadership, proven contributions and demonstrated success have positioned him to help shape and carry out a vision for the Foundation and for North Carolina. Mo is a longtime resident of North Carolina. He is married and has two children.
Each year North Carolina’s leading black elected officials, advocates and community members gather to discuss issues and policy objectives. These discussions are meant to develop proactive solutions that participants can take to their communities and use to implement positive change. This year the NC Black Summit is convening against the backdrop of a pending legislative session, questions about sustainable energy, clean environment and an election-cycle replete with issues of voter protection and ever-changing district lines.
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