Welcome Executive Director Annie Burton!

Posted by 643f on December 22, 2015 · Flag


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Annie Burton assumed the role of Charlotte Executive Director with WINGS for kids in November 2015. She has spent the majority her career in higher education spearheading efforts to promote college and career readiness for middle and high school students; most recently as Executive Director for School and Community Engagement at UNC Asheville.  In that role, Ms. Burton enhanced and forged new relationships for the campus with the local and regional school districts on issues, such as teacher professional development, college readiness and access, including broadening the pipeline of academic supports in anticipation of an evolving demographic of students entering college in our new knowledge-based economy.  Ms. Burton has conducted research work, including qualitative and quantitative analysis on college perceptions of middle school students from urban and rural communities and has presented at international forums such as the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s annual meetings aimed to promote the practice, study and research of engagement on college campuses around the globe.  She is past Vice Chair of the University of North Carolina’s seventeen campus Engagement Council.  Ms. Burton is former Executive Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, the nation’s oldest research center of its kind, dedicated to the study, research and scholarship of the African Diaspora.  She has worked with school districts in Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and throughout Western North Carolina and has over seventeen years of experience in corporate fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, program development, research and evaluation.  She holds a Bachelors of Science, Cum Laude, from Harvard University in Social Sciences.  Ms. Burton enjoys spending time with her two sons, Domenic and Carrington, is active in civic engagement, including the United Way Women’s Leadership Society and is a former Tocqueville Society Member.   

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