Co-Executive Director (she/her/hers)
Cheryl is the Co-Executive Director at Democracy NC, with responsibility and oversight for the advocacy, communications, and organizing teams. Prior to this role, she was the Organizing Director leading the statewide Organizing Team in implementing base building and voter engagement work in the fight for voting rights across NC.
Through this work, Cheryl advocates for racial justice and the dismantling of oppressive systems that impede our collective liberation. Prior to joining Democracy NC, Cheryl taught in the public school system and worked in human services, where she saw the plight of those who were disenfranchised and committed her career to advocating for and working alongside marginalized people. In 2008, Cheryl channeled her energy into the healthcare reform movement, catalyzed by seeing her son denied critical health coverage. She ascended through the ranks at Organizing for America/Action, starting as a volunteer and moving up to State Coordinator (director), where she led staff and volunteers across North Carolina. Cheryl’s contributions furthered OFA’s efforts in health care, gun violence prevention, immigration reform, climate change, women’s rights, minimum wage, and Medicaid expansion. Cheryl has worked with The Women’s Center in Raleigh, Southern Wake Concerned Citizens, and the NC Association of Educators, and is currently on the NCVCE and Our Voices of Change boards. Cheryl is a proud alumna of the University of Virginia and holds a BA in Sociology. She loves cooking for her family – she is mother to Charles, Eric, and Kayla as well as husky pup Miley – gardening, fishing, and is an avid college sports fan! She’s affectionately called Mama Cheryl or Auntie by many and believes in leading with love.