Anita R. Brown-Graham ’91 (JD)
2019 Beech Outstanding Alumni Award for Overall Achievement
Anita rejoined the School of Government in September 2016 to lead the launch of ncIMPACT—an initiative seeking to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on complex policy issues. She and her colleagues have devised programs to support communities working on economic mobility, poverty, the expansion of prekindergarten, extending the labor pool, and opioid misuse and abuse. Her first tour as a faculty member was from 1994 to 2006.
In 2007, she became director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. There, she led IEI’s efforts to build North Carolina’s capacity for economic development and prosperity, working with leaders in the areas of business, government, and higher education focusing on issues important to North Carolina’s future. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, American Marshall Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI, and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership and a 2017 CEO of the year. She earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina.
Award citation will be posted after the awards gala.