Jane Cox – Interim Chair

jane cox

Jane Cox brings a wealth of real-world experience to the areas of general management consulting and leadership development to help clients strategically position themselves for improved performance and aggressive growth in an increasingly competitive marketplace. She focuses on the areas of organizational change, leadership and chief executive and executive team development. Her academic background in public speaking, gender communication and small group dynamics has served as a solid platform for building teams, and successfully growing the investment of internal and external stakeholders.

Jane most recently served as the President/CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, a $64 million not-for-profit corporation that increased its distribution of food by nearly 400% and the revenue stream to support that function by over 600% in her nine-year tenure. Jane was inducted into Triangle Women in Business in 2002 and was selected an Eisenhower Fellow in 2003. The year she was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow, Jane traveled to Australia and New Zealand with the Fellowship to examine how collaboration among the private sector, government and NGOs lessens gaps in communities, regions, states and nations.

Jane holds a BA and MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Burcu Bozkurt

Burcu BozkurtBurcu Bozkurt is Senior Analyst at The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. Prior to working on reproductive health policy at Ipas, a global non-profit organization that works around the world to eliminate deaths and injuries from unsafe abortion and increase women’s ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, she worked at RTI International conducting research directed at strengthening public health systems for federal and private clients in the Women, Children, and Families Program.

While a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Bozkurt was a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and studied health policy and management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a Mahatma Gandhi Fellow and Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellow, Burcu pursued her passion in global health by interning with an NGO delivering healthcare to remote island communities in North Bangladesh. She also conducted primary research on reproductive health issues in Vietnam while studying at the Hanoi School of Public Health as a Phillips Ambassador in the Fall of 2011.

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth Kolb CunninghamElizabeth Kolb Cunningham serves as the Director for the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program. The Program provides a summer institute experience, instructional coaching services, and ongoing professional development to 300 beginning teachers in high needs schools across North Carolina. Prior to joining the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program, Elizabeth served as Policy Analyst and Race to the Top Coordinator for Evaluation for the North Carolina State Board of Education. Elizabeth was a Research Associate with the North Carolina Education Research Council, providing research and evaluation support to members of the North Carolina Education Cabinet. Elizabeth has also served as an education policy consultant for universities, community colleges, school districts, and political campaigns throughout North Carolina.

Elizabeth earned a B.A in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and J.D. at Wake Forest University School of Law. Elizabeth returned to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study Curriculum and Instruction at the School of Education.

Daniel Gitterman

Daniel Gitterman is Professor and Chair of Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill. He also serves as Director of the Honors Seminar in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Washington, DC). At Carolina, he has received fellowships from the Institute of Arts and Humanities (Academic Leadership Program; Chairs Leadership Program) and the Global Research Institute (inaugural program Globalization, the Economic Crisis and the Future of North Carolina). He has received the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Service at Carolina. Gitterman’s research interests include: the American Presidency and public policy; education and labor markets; American welfare state and politics of social and health policy, and globalization and labor standards.

Richard Harrill

Richard HarrillRichard Harrill is the founder and board chair of Demokratikus Ifjusagert Alapitvany (DIA), a non- profit organization located in Budapest, Hungary, which has been working for more than a decade to develop a policy and programming infrastructure for youth service and civic engagement across Central Europe.

Between 2007 and 2009, Harrill was the Director for Europe of the Public Interest Law Institute in Budapest. For five years prior, Harrill was a visiting professor of political studies at Bard College in New York, where he also served as the Director of Bard’s Program on Globalization and International Affairs (BGIA) in Manhattan, which he helped Bard to adapt to the Central European University in Budapest and the University of the Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Michal Osterweil

Dr. Osterweil is a faculty member and the Director of Internships for Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on contemporary social movements and their knowledge production. Dr. Osterweil’s dissertation focused on the theoretical-practice and political imaginaries of the Italian “Global Justice Movement” and related transnational networks, in particular those affiliated with Zapatismo. She has been involved with UNC’s Social Movement Working Group since its inception, as well as various research/working groups in the University Program in Cultural Studies, and is dedicated to involving her students (as well as neighbors and friends) in inter- and transdisciplinary projects aimed at solving social and political ills of our day. Her expertise, as it relates to the Y’s mission, lies in critically evaluating service, especially global service, to cultivate ethical and effective best practices.

Jagir Patel

Jagir works on budget and policy issues related to assessments, special education, higher education, and education research in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Prior to joining ED as a Presidential Management Fellow, Jagir was at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M. ’14, Education Policy and Management) conducting policy research on early childhood assessments, teacher evaluations, and school finance. While pursuing his master’s degree, Jagir also worked as a program coordinator for campus education and student leadership development within the Office of LGBTQ Student Life at Harvard College.

At Carolina, Jagir was a Robertson Scholar who pursued a religious studies major while pursuing a minor in education at Duke. At UNC, Jagir’s passion for helping organizations convey their social justice missions in creative and meaningful ways are most evident through his involvement as Co-President of the Campus Y, UNC’s center for social justice.

Ron Strauss

Ron StraussAs the Vice Provost, Dr. Strauss oversees the appointment, promotion and tenure process. He helps lead the Carolina Enterprise Resource Plan, directs the targeted faculty, spousal hiring and faculty retention programs, and coordinates senior academic searches and reviews. Strauss is the Provost Office’s representative for program assessment and accreditation and serves as a senior member of the budget and program planning team. He also swerves as chair of a number of committees, including the Enrollment Policy Advisory Committee, the Commencement Committee, and the Chancellor’s Committee on Academic Responsibility. Additionally, Strauss serves as the University’s Chief International Officer and has oversight for UNC Global and the Arts.

Dr. William Sturkey

William Sturkey is an historian of Modern America who specializes in the history of race in the American South, with a particular interest in the histories of working-class racial minorities. He teaches courses on Modern American History, Southern History, the Civil Rights Movement, and the History of America in the 1960s. Dr. Sturkey serves on the Faculty Advisory Board of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South and the UNC Program in the Humanities. He is an elected representative on the UNC Faculty Athletics Council. During the 2017-2018 academic year, he was named one of two faculty recipients of the university-wide UNC Diversity and Inclusion Award for “significant contribution, time and effort of Carolina community members towards advancing an inclusive climate for excellence in teaching, research, public service and academic endeavor.” Dr. Sturkey is also an engaged public scholar who regularly gives public lectures, appears in local and national media, and works with K-12 teachers.

Mike Tarrant

Mike TarrantMike Tarrant is account Director at UNC-Chapel Hill Executive Development, where he identifies and partners with businesses, governmental clients, or other organizations interested in designing, developing and delivering customized executive development programs or participating in UNC’s open enrollment programs to support their organizational strategies.

Previously, Tarrant served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he helped coordinate the planning and development of short and long-range strategies for achieving the University’s top priorities. Mike served as the primary liaison between UNCG and the federal & state government. His responsibilities included strategic communications, state and federal relations as well as military affairs.

Ted Teague

 Ted TeagueTed Teague is Counsel at Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros in Winston Salem, NC. Former Assistant General Counsel of Novant Health, a multi-state not-for-profit integrated hospital and healthcare system based in Winston-Salem, Teague is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and Babcock Graduate School of Management (JD/MBA, 2002) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (political science major, history minor, 1995). Before going back to graduate school, Ted founded two small businesses, one of which is still thriving today.

After law school, Ted served as a federal judicial clerk to The Honorable William L. Osteen, and then spent several years in the Winston-Salem office of the international law firm Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, where his practice focused on commercial real estate transactions and complex civil litigation. In 2008, Ted was one of 53 Americans awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship for travel and study in Europe, and in 2010 he was one of six Americans awarded the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations International Fellowship for travel and study in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mackenzie Thomas

Mackenzie ThomasFormer Campus Y Co-President Mackenzie Thomas is currently an Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google, where she formulates and executes marketing strategies for Google globally and domestically. At Google, Mackenzie has spearheaded the Google+ LGBT equality week that led to the Google Olympics Doodle, which made Google the 2nd major corporation to take a stand for LGBT equality in Sochi (50+ press hits). She has also led the strategic development & execution for the first-ever donate-able Google Hangout for Giving Tuesday, which made 130M+ social media impressions and was featured in Times Square. She also assisted in the planning of a Nelson Mandela virtual tribute featuring the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, & Anderson Cooper, and many more accomplishments.