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 and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research are related 501(c)(3) organizations. They share management and common board members and are brother/sister organizations for the purposes of the IRS Form 990.


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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