Local & State
|Erin Barbee elected co-chair of Leading on Opportunity Council|
|Housing partnership exec succeeds James Ford|
|Published Monday, July 13, 2020 4:21 pm|
|LEADING ON OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL|
|Erin Barbee is the new co-sponsor of the Leading on Opportunity Council. She succeeds James Ford.|
Barbee follows James Ford, founder and leader of the Center for Racial Equity in Education. He served two years as co-chair of the council.
Barbee, a current member of the council, is a Charlotte native and the senior vice president of programs and fund development at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership. She joins inaugural council co-chair Andrea Smith, who is Bank of America’s chief administrative officer.
“Erin is an excellent choice to succeed James in this role,” Smith said in a statement. “Her passion for serving the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and her commitment to excellence are assets to this Council and the work we have ahead in reconstructing the systems that impact economic mobility,” Smith said. “I also thank James for the opportunity to shape the initial framework for how our city and county can better serve those most vulnerable among us.”
Said Brian Collier, executive vice president of Foundation for the Carolinas and co-author of the Leading on Opportunity Task Force: “We are very excited to have Erin’s increased involvement as co-chair. She is already a force in our community and her energy will further propel our work advancing economic mobility. We appreciate James’ service to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and his willingness to serve as one of the inaugural co-chairs of this endeavor. I know that his work in educational equity has been deepened by his involvement in the Leading on Opportunity Council.”
Leading on Opportunity was founded in 2017 to tackle socioeconomic issues preventing upward economic mobility in Charlotte. The initiative was designed to take a systemic approach to addressing what prevents children from receiving early care and education to college and career readiness as well as family stability. The council consists of 18 leaders from the public and private sector, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Earnest Winston, City Manager Marcus Jones, Novant Health Senior Vice President, Community Wellness & Education Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, and Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio.
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