About

Leading on Opportunity was formed as a result of a recommendation made by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force that convened to study the issues of economic mobility in Charlotte. The 19-member Council, chaired by James E. Ford and Andrea Smith, brings together a representative group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg leaders spanning a range of disciplines and backgrounds – grassroots, government, neighborhood, business, philanthropy, faith, and nonprofit.

The mission of Leading on Opportunity is to convene and connect sectors across the community to implement the recommendations of the Task Force to improve economic mobility in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. As charged in the report, the organization will take a systemic approach to addressing the key determinants of early childhood education, college and career readiness, and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on the cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital.

Click here to view the full report in English

Click here to view the full report in Spanish

The council was selected to represent and be a voice for the community and includes the following:

James E. Ford, Public School Forum of North Carolina (Co-Chair)

Andrea Smith, Bank of America (Co-Chair)

Executive Director, TBD- Search in Progress

Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Novant Health and Task Force Co-Chair

Dee O’Dell, US Bank and Task Force Co-Chair

Jesse Cureton, Novant Health and One Charlotte

Kandi Deitemeyer, Central Piedmont Community College

Amalia Deloney, Community At Large

Dena Diorio, Mecklenburg County

Patrice Funderburg, Community At Large

Marcus Jones, City of Charlotte

Michael Marsicano, Foundation for the Carolinas

Ray McKinnon, Community At Large

Mujtaba Mohammed, Community At Large

Edwin Peacock, Community At Large

Crystal Richardson, Community At Large

Federico Rios, Community At Large

Mike Rizer, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Weber, Lowe’s Home Improvement

Clayton Wilcox, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Council Member Announcement in English

Council Member Announcement in Spanish