Keynote Speaker: the Honorable Daniel T. Blue, Jr.
Dan Blue serves in the North Carolina Senate, representing Wake County. He is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Duke University Health System. He served 12 terms in the NC House of Representatives and was also Speaker of the House.
Other Inaugural Events Presenters Include:
William "Sandy" Darity is Arts & Sciences Professor of Public Policy and Professor of African and African American Studies and Economics at Duke University. He is also director of Duke's Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. His research focuses on inequality by race, class and ethnicity, the racial achievement gap in education, skin shade and labor market outcomes and the economics of reparations.
Naomi Feaste is the founder and director of the nonprofit organization Cultural Enrichment Services, Inc. She is community activist and has coordinated a food service project for homeless women and children and invovled in local political activites on health care issues.
Minnie Forte-Brown, chair of the board of the Durham Public Schools, is a Durham native and graduated from Hillside High School. At NC Central University, Forte is a master teacher in the Department of English and Mass Communication. She holds a master’s of education degree in speech pathology and audiology from NC Central University.
Anna Gassman-Pines is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. She is a faculty affiliate of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. She researches low-wage work, family life and the effects of welfare and employment policy on child and maternal well-being.
Irene Godínez is a NC District Director for the Reform Immigration for America national campaign. While pursuing her Master of International Studies at NC State University, she worked for the NC Governor's Office of Hispanic/Latino Affairs. Godínez was also Director of Advocacy at El Pueblo, Inc. a statewide Latino advocacy and policy organization.
Alex Harris is a professor of the practice of public policy at the Sanford School and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. He was a co-curator of the exhibit “Terry Sanford: An American Original.”
Sherman James is the Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School and Professor of Community and Family Medicine, African and African-American Studies and Sociology. His research focuses on social determinants of racial and ethnic health inequalities and public policy and community-based approaches to eliminating them.
Robert Korstad is Kevin D. Gorter Proessor of Public Policy and History at Duke University and co-author of "To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America." He is also director of the Program on History, Public Policy and Social Change.
Bruce Kuniholm, inaugural dean of the Sanford School, is a professor of public policy and history and served as director of the Sanford Institute from 1989 to 1994 and from 2005 to June 2009. He also served as Duke’s Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs and director for the Center for International Studies.
Helen "Sunny" Ladd is the Edgar Thompson Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Sanford School. Her research focuses on education policy and finance in both the U.S. and other countries. She is the co-editor of "The Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy" and is incoming President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Tom Lambeth is a Senior Fellow at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, where he had served as executive director from 1978 to 2002. He was part of Terry Sanford’s campaign for governor and his principal assistant during Sanford’s administration.
James Leloudis is an associate professor of history at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. He is co-author of "To Right These Wrongs: The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty and Inequality in 1960s America."
R. Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community College system, is only person in that position to also have served as president of a local NC community college. He has worked with Gov. Perdue on programs such as the system-wide Code Green initiative to foster clean energy job training and campus sustainability incentives. He was previously president of Craven County Community College.
Noah Raper is a program associate at MDC, a nonprofit in Chapel Hill, NC. He works on strategic philanthropy and on MDC major projects, including "Career Pathways for a Green South," which seeks to help community colleges link low-wage and unemployed workers to jobs in the emerging green industry.
Jacob Vigdor is a professor of public policy and economics at the Sanford School and director of graduate studies, PhD program. He is the author of the book “From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In.” His research interests include education policy, immigration, housing and economic policy.
Leslie Winner is Executive Director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Previously, she served as Vice-President and General Counsel to the University of North Carolina. She also served as general counsel to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and in the North Carolina Senate.