Founded on September 10, 1977, the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to strengthening public policy through nonpartisan research, education, and community engagement.

For 40 years, the Center has provided nonpartisan research, evaluation, and analysis on the most important public policy issues facing our state, serving as a think tank, watchdog, and futurist. In October 2016, the Center affiliated with EducationNC, an innovative new media nonprofit. Combining the best new media practices with the depth of think-tank research, our work provides North Carolinians with a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing our great state.

EducationNC is a collection of nonprofits and initiatives, a catalyst for change for our students, our state, and our future. EdNC is our online, daily, independent newspaper. The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is our 40-year-old, nonpartisan think tank studying the most important policy issues facing our state. Reach NC Voices is our 21st century town hall, using messaging tools to connect us to people and people to us to discuss public policy in real time so we can better understand communities across our state. And First Vote NC is our online, simulated election experience for high schools students so that they graduate civic ready.

The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research is a separate 501(c)(3). EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research are related 501(c)(3) organizations. They share management and common board members and are thus brother/sister organizations for the purposes of the IRS Form 990. A management services agreement is in place between EducationNC and the Center, and it is independently reviewed and revised by our accountants and lawyers at least annually.



Mebane Rash

CEO, Editor-in-Chief

Unaffiliated. Wonk. Mama. Traveler. Farmer. Tar Heel.

Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Mebane attended Irwin Elementary, First Ward Elementary, McClintock Middle, and East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. She graduated from the University of Virginia …

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Nancy Rose

Chief Operating Officer

Techie. Number cruncher. Mom. NC native. Lifelong learner.

Nancy Richmond Rose is the Chief Operating Officer for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. She grew up in Asheville and Durham where she attended Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, and Lakewood Elementary School, Rogers …

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Laura Lee

Content Director and Managing Editor

Cyclist. Tar Heel. Media geek. Boss lady. Karaoke enthusiast.

Laura Lee is the content director and managing editor for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

Born and raised in Union County, North Carolina, Laura attended Benton Heights Elementary School, Unionville Elementary School, Charlotte Latin Middle School, …

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