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Institute for Emerging Issues

IEI Welcomes Samantha Graham as New Director of Community Initiatives

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The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is pleased to announce that Samantha Graham has been named director of community initiatives, a new role created to strengthen IEI’s relationships with partners across the state.

The director of community initiatives will work across IEI and externally with key partners and stakeholders to identify issues critical to North Carolina’s future economic competitiveness, civic health and community vibrancy, and create solutions to addressing these issues.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to continue working with communities across North Carolina to form deeper and sustainable connections around IEI’s programs and Forum work. Collaborating with the team at IEI for the benefit of my home state has been a dream, and I’m excited for what the future holds,” said Graham.

IEI became more engaged in community capacity building in 2015, working across a variety of issues alongside communities across the state. IEI also values the need for productive partnerships to enhance mutual goals. This role will bring more capacity to IEI’s existing and future efforts resulting in greater impact in solving the state’s most critical emerging issues.

“I am beyond excited for Samantha to transition into this role and deepen IEI’s community reach. As a natural relationship builder, strategic innovator and results-oriented leader, she is perfect for this role,” said IEI Director Sarah Hall.

Graham joined IEI in September 2022 as the digital inclusion initiative leader, supporting the BAND-NC program in helping communities across the state develop digital inclusion plans. She brings years of experience in community engagement, most recently as the innovative engagement program manager for the Office of Outreach and Engagement at NC State University.