Stacey Carless

Stacey is the founding Executive Director of NC Counts Coalition, a statewide nonprofit advancing a healthy, just and equitable North Carolina through collective action, grassroots capacity building and community power building. As Executive Director, Stacey has testified before Congress advocating for a complete, fair and accurate count of BIPOC communities; partnered with current CDC Director Mandy Cohen and NC Governor Roy Cooper to launch Healthier Together, a public-private partnership to advance health equity across North Carolina, that closed both testing and vaccine equity gaps in Black and Latinx communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and; built NC Counts Coalition into a statewide acclaimed nonprofit that in a period of 2.5 years provided more than $5.8 million dollars in grant funding to more than 75 grassroots and nonprofit organizations, the majority of which are BIPOC-led and focused, across North Carolina to promote a fair census count, address health inequities, and mobilize for fair maps in the redistricting process. Stacey is a licensed attorney and member of the NC State Bar.

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