North Carolina Employee Ownership Center Welcomes Lauren Elyse Tudor as New Executive Director

Durham, NC, April 11, 2023: The North Carolina Employee Ownership Center (NCEOC) is delighted to announce that we have hired a new executive director, Lauren Elyse Tudor, who will lead NCEOC in achieving our mission of protecting jobs, increasing community wealth, and creating a more vibrant, inclusive economy through employee ownership.

With over a decade of experience in the philanthropy and nonprofit sectors, Lauren brings a wealth of expertise to her new role. As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) and the Founder of the ARCHITECT Brand + Design Collective, she provided coaching and consulting services to small and medium-sized nonprofits to build their capacity for fundraising success. In this role, Lauren focused on community-centered and diverse philanthropy, leveraging storytelling, strategic marketing, and inclusive fundraising strategies.

Lauren’s previous experience also includes serving as Inclusive Giving Advisor at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Communications & Outreach Lead at Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, and Regional Field Director at Organizing For America.

At NCEOC, Lauren is eager to work with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders to promote employee ownership initiatives in the state. She will lead the development and execution of the organization’s strategy, manage a team to execute the strategy, and drive forward fundraising efforts. Additionally, she will cultivate relationships with the professional and service provider community, government, and education to advance the mission.

Originally from Merrillville, Indiana, Lauren and her husband moved to North Carolina in pursuit of a better quality of life. Drawn by the friendly and welcoming Southern charm of the people, the temperate and beautiful climate, and the easily accessible healthcare, they appreciate NC’s strong and growing economy.

Beyond work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the beautiful hiking trails, and indulging in artistic and cultural passion projects. She is thrilled to be a part of the North Carolina community and looks forward to contributing to the state’s growth and success.

The organization has found a passionate, committed, and experienced leader in Lauren. Her leadership will dramatically build upon NCEOC’s capacity, enabling us to do more outreach and education about employee ownership throughout the state and helping to achieve our vision that all North Carolinians benefit from strong local economies and shared prosperity through employee ownership.