Our Team

BTC is led by a team of committed individuals who are passionate about working to build the state we want to live in — a state where, no matter who you are or where you live, you have what is needed to live a good life.

We benefit from the wisdom and experience of an active and involved Board of Directors.

Heba Atwa
Legislative Advocacy & Campaigns Manager (She/her/hers)

Heba builds power for policy change by engaging people directly impacted by policy choices, designing sound policy in collaboration with colleagues and partners, mobilizing people to push for change, and building policy champions.

Moriah Collins
Campaigns Coordinator (She/her/hers)

Moriah coordinates campaigns and partner activities that mobilize people to advance policy change at the state and local level. She develops policy campaign plans, collaborates on implementation and programs, and sustains connections with partners throughout the policy process.

Logan Rockefeller Harris
Research Manager (She/her/hers)

Logan documents conditions across the state, with a focus on poverty and equitable development, and works with partners to strengthen public policies that connect more people and places to opportunity.

Sally Hodges-Copple
Public Policy Analyst (She/her/hers)

Sally produces research and analysis to deepen understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and systemic racism in North Carolina, and builds the will to act on policy solutions that advance the well-being of all people and communities.

Dani Hoffpauir
Community Building & Program Manager (She/her/hers)

Dani provides strategic guidance that builds power for policy change. She stewards the organization’s ladder of engagement, and in collaboration with colleagues across the organization, identifies and supports connections between policy advocacy, research and partnerships. In connecting more people to the policy process, she develops and coordinates the Summer Policy Institute, BetterNC Fellowship, and policy academies.

Katerina Marroquin
Communications Coordinator (She/her/hers)

Katerina leads efforts to communicate BTC’s work and narrative with people in an accessible and inclusive way. She overlooks the organization’s digital presence, maintains contact records and engagement, and implements policy and organizational campaigns on our platforms.

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Jennifer Nguyen
Policy Analyst Intern (she/her/hers)

Jennifer is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Jennifer centers lived experiences in her economic and fiscal policy analysis to promote policies that respond to community needs and address the root causes underlying inequities.

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Selene Santiago-Lopez
Community Building Intern (she/hers/ella)

Selene is a UNCG alum with a bachelor's in International and Global Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Selene seeks to support the community building and program management to further strengthen and cultivate relationships with community members in order to assure that their needs and concerns are being centered.

Alexandra Forter Sirota
Executive Director (she/her/hers)

Alexandra oversees the strategic direction of the organization including the stewardship of its financial resources, the creation of trusted partnerships and the leadership of a team of talented colleagues. Alexandra works to connect the dots across policy areas and identify opportunities for building the base of support for policies that will deliver better outcomes for all North Carolinians.

Mel Umbarger
Communications & Technology Manager (she/her/hers)

Mel works to shape the public’s understanding of the critical role that equitable policymaking has in advancing our collective well-being and, in so doing, builds the will for systemic policy change that is informed by people across the state.

Board of Directors

Marcus Bass
BTC Board Chair, Deputy Director for the NC Black Alliance
Tyler Daye
Policy and Civic Engagement Manager, Common Cause NC
Michelle Hughes
Owner, Michelle Hughes Consulting
Felisha McElvine
Partnership Engagement Manager, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Elaine Mejia
Community Building & Program Manager
Meg Wiehe
Vice President, State Fiscal Policy & Communications