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Areas of Expertise

For more than 40 years, MDC has taken a comprehensive approach to addressing the barriers that keep people and communities from making the most of the opportunities available to them. Researching the issues, creating programs to address them, demonstrating their effectiveness, and incubating them so they become systemic and sustainable improvements take a wide range of expertise.

Below are the general areas covered by our experienced practitioners. Many are knowledgeable in multiple areas, not all listed here. For more information, contact Communications Director Richard Hart at rhart@mdcinc.org or at 919-381-5802, x344.

Community college innovation

Abby Parcell
Program Director
Shun Robertson, PhD
Program Director

Disconnected youth

David Dodson
President
Cay Stratton
Senior Fellow

Emergency preparedness in low-wealth communities

John Cooper, PhD
Research Fellow

Family economic stability and tax policy

Lucy Gorham, PhD
Research Fellow

Higher education policy

Ferrel Guillory
Senior Fellow
Shun Robertson, PhD
Program Director

Leadership development

D. Susan Wisely
Scholar–in-Residence

Place-based community development

Dan Broun
Senior Program Director
David Dodson
President
Bonnie Gordon
Senior Fellow
Julie Mooney
Senior Program Director
Cate Elander
Program Manager
Stephanie Walker
Program Manager

Postsecondary success

Bonnie Gordon
Senior Fellow

Southern politics and policy

Ferrel Guillory
Senior Fellow

Strategic philanthropy

David Dodson
President
Joan Lipsitz, PhD
Senior Fellow
Bonnie Wright
Senior Fellow
D. Susan Wisely
Scholar–in-Residence
Julie Mooney
Senior Program Director

Work supports and poverty alleviation strategies

David Dodson
President
Ralph Gildehaus, JD
Senior Program Director

Workforce innovation

Cay Stratton
Senior Fellow