Executive Director, John M. Belk Endowment
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Kristy Teskey joined the John M. Belk Endowment in July 2013. As the Endowment’s first executive director, Kristy is developing a strategic vision alongside community stakeholders and partners that will create systemic change for all North Carolina students to access and complete postsecondary education and move into family-sustaining employment. With twenty-four years of experience as a champion for education and workforce development, Kristy is passionate about helping build a stronger North Carolina.
Before joining the Endowment, Kristy served as senior vice president for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, where she helped create and lead the national philanthropic strategies focused on education opportunities and pathways into the workforce. Her work also included the build-out of the Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program, which has helped more than 2,000 high school students clarify leadership paths to build stronger communities. Prior to that, Kristy was vice president of Community Impact for Children and Youth at the United Way of the Greater Triangle and held leadership roles in youth and fund development at the YMCA of the Triangle in Raleigh, NC.
Kristy is a Marshall Memorial Fellow, a graduate of Leadership North Carolina’s Class XXII, Leadership North Carolina Program Chair for Class XXIII, Education Chair for the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Advisory Board Member of NC State University’s School of Education, and a 2016 Ruth G. Shaw Mentor at Central Piedmont Community College. She has a Masters in Public Administration from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina State University in English Education.