Policy Advisory Council

The Policy Advisory Council advises the research agenda and administration of the Program On Public Life. The Council assists in identifying two types of issues to guide the Program’s work – those that are in immediate need of attention to help inform decision-making, and those that are just over the horizon, soon-to-be critical policy areas that will benefit from research anticipating their arrival.


Penny Abernathy
Professor, Department of Journalism/Mass Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill

Richard ‘Pete’ Andrews
Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Public Policy

Oscar Barbarin
UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Social Work

Andrea Bazan
Triangle Community Foundation

Terry Bellamy
Asheville, North Carolina

Leslie Bevacqua Coman
Executive Vice-President, Government Relations

Tom Darden
Cherokee Investment Partners

Jean Elia
Associate Dean
Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill

Linda Garrou
Senator (D-NC) District 32
North Carolina General Assembly

Dan Gerlach
North Carolina Golden LEAF Foundation

Fletcher Hartsell
Senator (R-NC) District 36
North Carolina General Assembly

Norma Houston
Executive Director, UNC Tomorrow, UNC-Chapel Hill
Faculty, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government

Michele Hoyman
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill
Adjunct Faculty, MPA program, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government

Carolyn Justice
Representative (R-NC) District 16
North Carolina General Assembly

Tom Lambeth
Senior Fellow
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Peter Leosis
Deputy Director
Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, UNC-Chapel Hill

Henry ‘Mickey’ Michaux, Jr.
Representative (D-NC) District 31
North Carolina General Assembly

Mai Nguyen
Assistant Professor
Department of City and Regional Planning, UNC-Chapel Hill

Gene Nichol
Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity, UNC-Chapel Hill

Senator Tony Rand
Senator (D-NC) District 19
North Carolina General Assembly

Jennifer Watson Roberts
At-Large Member
Mecklenberg County Board of Commissioners

Dana Simpson
Smith Anderson, LLP

Mike Smith
Dean, School of Government
UNC-Chapel Hill

Richard Stevens
Senator (R-NC) District 17
North Carolina General Assembly

Kristen Weeks
Community Relations Manager
Cisco Systems Research

Jesse White, Jr.
Director, Office of Business and Economic Development
UNC-Chapel Hill

Richard ‘Stick’ Williams
Business Operations Services