Erin Dale Byrd

Erin Dale Byrd, Executive Director, is responsible for fundraising, compliance, managing staff and driving Blueprint's vision for collective impact. Her expertise is in campaign planning, coalition building and community organizing. For two decades, Erin has helped guide civic campaigns to increase the minimum wage, publicly fund judicial elections and implement same-day voter registration. She is Board Chair of  Southern Partners Fund,  and a founding member of the Fertile Ground Food Cooperative in Southeast Raleigh. She has received awards from the Youth Organizing Institute, Women AdvaNCe, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and most recently received the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. She has a degree in Sociology from the College of William and Mary. 

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Roxane Kolar

Roxane Kolar, Field Coordinator, assists partner organizations in identifying opportunities for reaching their goals through civic engagement and direct voter contact. Roxane conducts and assists in evaluation programming, focusing on increasing civic participation. Roxane previously was executive director of  North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and was Southern Regional Representative for States United to Prevent Gun Violence. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. 

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Chaoya Yang

Chaoya Yang/Nkauj Zaj Ntxhee Yaj, Field and Elections Administrative Coordinator, assists partner organizations to build field programs and engage in election protection and redistricting strategies. She is a second generation Hmong American and daughter of Hmong refugees from Southeast Asia. She hopes to create and hold more spaces for Asian Americans in North Carolina and across the South. She has a degree in International Studies and Criminal Justice at UNC Charlotte.

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Jess Jude

Jess Jude, Administrative Assistant, provides office support to Blueprint professional staff, and helps to coordinate and anticipate the needs of Blueprint partner organizations. They have a passion for supporting the crucial work of social justice broadly, and especially in the areas of racial justice, reproductive justice, queer, youth & collective liberation, and they are excited to support the organizations working to make a collective impact on social conditions in North Carolina and across the south. Jess is the Board Co-Chair of the Southern Vision Alliance, and has a degree in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Ivanna Gonzalez

Ivanna Gonzalez, Project Coordinator, supports partners in testing Blueprint's racial equity and collective impact organizing principles through issue-based campaigns and pilot projects. She is interested in designing authentically democratic processes in our collective work. Ivanna was previously a college outreach coordinator for the Common Cause NC HBCU Student Action Alliance. She has a degree in political science and public policy from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Tom Burton

Tom Burton, Communications Specialist, provides on-demand coaching support for Blueprint partners who want to use storytelling to advance collective advocacy goals. Tom had a 28-year career as a newspaper reporter and editor, most recently at The News & Observer in Raleigh. He holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Louisiana State University.

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Paul Meade

Paul Meade, State Voices Data and Targeting Manager for North Carolina, provides data support to Blueprint partners. Paul has more than 20 years experience in data management and has worked in diverse fields including corporate, non-profit, education, and politics. He has a degree in public administration from George Mason University. 

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Tamika Lewis

Tamika Lewis, Program Coordinator,  assists partner organizations by developing  and coordinating  various statewide initiatives that focusing on collaborative efforts, youth and civic engagement, and community development within an equity and social justice framework. They have an overall passion for supporting local initiatives, develop local youth leadership, and securing resources to help unify and advance the efforts of marginalized community members. Locally, they organize  with The Tribe and Ignite NC. Tamika has a degree in  Social Work and an MS in the Studies of Creativity, with a concentration on Program Development from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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