Golden Leaf seeks chief – Statewide search underway

By Todd Cohen

North Carolina’s new Golden Leaf Foundation is looking for its first chief executive.

The startup foundation, which through 2025 is expected to receive $2.3 billion from the settlement between 46 states and the tobacco industry, is looking for someone with intimate knowledge of the state and its rural areas, as well as the worlds of philanthropy and economic development.

The foundation is spending June and July identifying candidates, says Beth Briggs, president of Creative Philanthropy, the Raleigh consultant hired to assist with the search.

Letters have been sent to 100 North Carolinians, inviting them to suggest candidates.

August and September will be spent interviewing prospects, and a decision will be made in October.

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