At LEAD NC, we identify talented, diverse, civic-minded people and equip them with the skills necessary to be leaders in their communities and workplaces. We support North Carolina’s next generation of leaders so they can help North Carolina continue to be a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Our Mission

Mission Statement

Leadership Education and Development for North Carolina (LEAD NC) exists to seek out, encourage and cultivate a new generation of community leaders for North Carolina. LEAD NC focuses on leadership development for North Carolinian's who strongly support the following ideals:

  • All of North Carolina’s children deserve access to a quality and equitable public education that is adequately funded, as guaranteed by the state Constitution. 
  • Both private enterprise and government are essential for creating individual opportunity and growth, and our economy should work for everyone, not just those at the top.
  • In order to provide energy that is critical to North Carolina's economic growth and well-being, we must develop cleaner, more renewable forms of energy while protecting our natural resources and ensuring a healthy and safe environment for current and future generations.
  • North Carolina citizens have the right to accessible and fair elections free of unnecessary obstacles and intimidation.
  • Women have the right to decide if and when they will have a child, and everyone has the right to parent the children thy already have in safe environments and healthy communities.
  • The unique mission and purpose of government is to promote the public interest and help create a high quality of life and community well-being.

Leadership Values

LEAD NC seeks to cultivate leaders who adhere to the following principles:
  • Inclusiveness: ability to work with diverse communities, across race, class, sexual orientation and gender identities
  • Integrity: ability to discern between right and wrong, a willingness to act on that discernment even at personal cost and to openly/publicly stand for that which they believe to be right
  • Transparency: ability to be honest, to consistently keep commitments and to be held accountable
  • Altruism: willingness to take action on behalf of others even at great person a cost.


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Join Us on Inauguration Day

We are days away from the inauguration of a new President.

As he is inaugurated, join together with others who share our values on Friday, January 20, for lunch or drinks from 11:45am – 1:00pm at the recently re-opened Tobacco Road Café on Jones Street in Raleigh. We’ll break bread and raise a glass to the power we know and the goodness that exists. Let’s work together to change the State of our Union.

We’ll be raising money to support LEAD NC's efforts to seek out, encourage and cultivate a new generation of community leaders for North Carolina. Give a little, give a lot or simply come to be with others who share our vision of an inclusive, just and fair future for North Carolina.

All are welcome.

Donations are not required, but encouraged to help LEAD NC build a generation of leaders that hold our values. This event is casual and though food and drink are not provided, the full menu of Tobacco Road will be available.

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Scout Training & Get Ready to Run

Scout or Candidate – you decide


Please join us as we work to find the best progressive candidates in the state. By attending one of our Scout training's you will learn how to identify the leaders we need on a local, legislative and state level. Before we recruit leaders, we need to spend time defining what we are looking for. What qualities? What behaviors? What work habits? What education or issue background? We need someone who can THINK, INSPIRE, MOBILIZE and EMPOWER!  There is no cookie cutter that creates great leaders.

Great leaders seldom, if ever, just show up!  They need to be identified, recruited and sometimes groomed for a significant period of time.  There is no magic place to look, come join us as we teach you what to look for and how to approach the possibility of them becoming a candidate.

To attend a Scout Training



Are you ready to find out what it takes to be a successful candidate? Do you want to know what office best suits you? 

How long is a campaign? How much money do I need to raise?  How much time will I spend campaigning?  How can I find help? There are lots and lots of questions.  Come find the answers.

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Are you ready to Lead?

Are you ready to lead? Fill out the form below and we’ll help you assess whether you are a good fit for the LEAD NC program. If you don’t see yourself as a leader, then maybe you know someone in your community who would make a great leader, and they just need more training and support. Most of the best leaders have never considered themselves potential leaders. Submit their names below and we’ll contact them!

Only questions with asterisks are required but the more information you provide, the better we can help you!​​

Want to run for public office?

If you are interested in running for public office and/or suggesting someone who should run, please fill out the following:

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For more information, please contact LEAD NC at:

Contact Info
919-792-8839 tammy@leadnc.org OR info@leadnc.org

P.O.Box 1093 Raleigh, NC 27602

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