Director of Networks and Programs
Tabitha was born and raised in Roxboro, North Carolina. Growing up in a small town, she learned the importance of community. Her long time dream of being a lawyer led her to college at Campbell University. Looking back, she thinks the smartest thing she has ever done was taking a year off before heading to law school. Instead, she worked as a case manager for youth 9 to 18 years old in Baltimore for an AmeriCorps program. Tabitha took this as an opportunity before dedicating her life to public interest law to get to know the people she desperately wanted to help. However, the more she worked with the youth and their families, the more she knew the nonprofit sector was where she wanted to be.
Now, eleven years later, Tabitha has had the chance to work for some great nonprofits with great missions, including KaBOOM!, Goodwill Industries International, and Reading Partners. Each of these organizations had missions dedicated to improving the lives of youth and their families. Each of those families similar to those that she had worked with in Baltimore. However, Tabitha found herself increasingly interested in helping to build the capacity of organizations to more effectively serve their youth, families, and communities.
Most recently, she returned to her homestate of North Carolina to accept a position as Director of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Youth Forward. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Youth Forward supports local organizations helping young people (ages 5-20) develop into career and college ready citizens by distributing grant funds, providing technical assistance, and facilitating networking opportunities and collaborations. Tabitha believes that building healthy nonprofits helps create strong communities. This belief is echoed in her work every day.