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The Board

The North Carolina Progress Board is a permanent, independent state board made up of 24 members appointed by the Governor, leaders of the General Assembly, and the Board itself to represent a cross section of the state. It is chaired by the governor.

Michael Easley,
Ex-Officio Chair
Governor of North Carolina
Curtis J. Blackwood, Jr. N.C. House of Representatives, District 68, Union County
Hon. Alice Bordsen N.C. House of Representatives, District 63, Mebane
Rick Carlisle Managing Partner, Dogwood Equity, Raleigh
Sen. Daniel G. Clodfelter N.C. Senate, District 37, Mecklenburg County
Matt Compton Assistant editor for the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
Janice McKenzie Cole Attorney, Hertford
Dr. Walter De Vries Former Executive Director, Institute for Political Leadership, Wrightsville Beach
Marlowe W. Foster Pfizer, Inc., Raleigh
John Merritt Business Consultant, Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice
Bill Gibson Executive Director, Southwestern Commission, Bryson City
Steven J. Levitas Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton, LLC, Raleigh
Dr. James Leutze Interim Executive Director , Chancellor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington
Pope "Mac" McCorkle Principal, McCorkle Policy Consulting, Durham, North Carolina
Leigh Harvey McNairy Director, Tidewater Transit Co. and L. Harvey and Son Co., Kinston
Dr. Douglas Orr, Jr. President, Warren Wilson College, Asheville

Dan Owens

Director - Carolina's Active Retirement Association (CARA)
Mack B. Pearsall President, Pearsall Operating Co., Fairview
Hon. Joe Sam Queen Former Member, N.C. Senate, 47th District, Waynesville
Hon. A. B. Swindell  N.C. Senate, 10th District, Nashville