North Carolina Employee Ownership Center Hires Triad Program Manager

Luke Hoffman hired as NCEOC’s Triad Program Manager

Winston-Salem, NC–March 25, 2022 – The North Carolina Employee Ownership Center is excited to announce that we have hired Luke Hoffman as our Triad Program Manager. He will lead efforts in the Triad in achieving our mission of protecting jobs, bolstering communities, and strengthening businesses through employee ownership. This position has been made possible by partnering with and funding from The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Luke graduated in May of 2021 from Appalachian State University majoring in Sustainable Development with a focus in Community, Regional, and Global Development and a minor in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.  This coursework introduced him to some of the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for creating vibrant, inclusive communities through analyzing how diverse social and economic systems work, the principles on which they are based, and how they affect human well-being, environments, and equity. It was during his studies that he first learned about employee ownership, and his passion for it has only grown since. 

Since graduating he has worked in public administration, gaining knowledge and experience in grant writing and program development, workforce development, and a number of housing related programs. Additionally, he conducted research on employee ownership as a strategy to combat the threat of automation to regional economies, jobs, and wages. 

Luke will utilize these skills and experiences to lead outreach to and cultivate relationships with potential audiences, including business groups, business advisors, government, community & educational institutions, and the business community.  These relationships will help facilitate the launch of a NCEOC pilot employee ownership ambassador program in the Triad.  He will also be working to increase awareness of employee ownership through digital marketing, creating materials, and developing and facilitating educational events.  

In his free time, Luke enjoys quality time with family and friends, cooking, card games, music & podcasts, and getting outside however possible by going for a walk, biking, hiking, and camping.