By Todd Cohen
DURHAM, N.C. — Susan Hansell, former executive director of Good Work Inc., a Durham nonprofit that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with basic business skills, has been named executive director of Vote for America North Carolina, a new nonprofit that aims to get 150,000 more North Carolinians to the polls this fall.
Good Work, which targets aspiring entrepreneurs from minority and poor neighborhoods who aim to launch “microenterprises,” or small businesses, has named John Parker, former Triad regional director in Greensboro for the Durham-based Self-Help Credit Union, its new executive director.
Hansell, who has a law degree from N.C. Central University in Durham and previously owned and ran a women’s clothing store in Carrboro, is putting together a board of directors and statewide steering committee for Vote for America North Carolina.
The national organization, based in New York City and headed by Rebecca Lieberman, the daughter of U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, already has a Connecticut office and is opening another in Georgia.
Parker, who previously was planning and development director for Greensboro-based Project Homestead, a community development corporation, said he hoped to strengthen Good Work’s delivery of services by diversifying the types of business training and education opportunities it provides.
The group will continue to provide classroom training and ongoing technical assistance to graduates, and will add training for specific business functions such as marketing, and for specific business sectors, including small nonprofits.