Anita R. Brown-Graham
Anita R. Brown-Graham rejoined the School of Government in September 2016 to lead the public launch of a special initiative that seeks to expand the School’s capacity to work with public officials on policy issues that affect North Carolina communities. Brown-Graham’s first tour as a faculty member was from 1994–2006, when she covered the areas of civil liability and community and economic development aimed at revitalizing communities. In 2007 Brown-Graham became the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. There, she led IEI’s work to build North Carolina’s capacity for economic development and prosperity. Each year, she and her colleagues at IEI worked with leaders across the state in business, government and higher education to focus on issues important to our state’s future. Brown-Graham began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California and as business litigation counsel in a Sacramento, California, law firm. 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 in the state. She also currently serves on the boards of several organizations. Brown-Graham earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.