Board of Directors

Emma Browning | Board Chair

Emma Browning is the Founder and Managing Director of Paradox Consulting Partners, a management consulting company based in the Triangle that aligns talent strategy with business strategy. She founded Paradox after almost a decade with a national consulting firm to create impact in the community where she lives. Prior to business school, she worked as Director of Communications and Director of Social Enterprises at an arts education nonprofit in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about innovation and creating equitable opportunity. She has a BA from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She enjoys spending time with her kids and family and exploring the dynamic business and arts scene in the Triangle. 

2023-24 Board of Directors

Lessie Anderson, Ex-Officio

23-24 WCPSS Asst. Principal of the Year


Braxton Anthony 
Rich Commercial Realty 



Richard Averitte 
American Cancer Society for Central & Eastern North Carolina 


Andrew Blackburn  
Raleigh Chamber 


Emma Browning, Chair 
Paradox Consulting Partners 


Rob Buhler
BAERING / Decree Company


Seth Carruthers
Parker Lord 


Cris Charbonneau 
Fidelity Investments 


Betsy Reade Creech 
Kane Realty Corporation 


Rene Daughtry 
Cisco Systems 


Scott Duda
Cherry & Bekaert, LLP 


David Ellis, Ex-Officio 
Wake County Manager 


Brad Geiger, Chair-elect 
Martin Marietta 


David Gillham 

Gary Greene 
Greene Resources, Inc. 


Cara Greening 

T.A. Loving Company 


Terry Hennings, Ex-Officio 

23-24 WCPSS Teacher of the Year 


John Hummel 
Sinclair Broadcasting Group 


Chad Humphrey 

Balfour Beatty 


Carey Hunter 

Principal Financial Group 


Stephanie Jensen 



Teresa Jones, Ex-Officio 

Wake County PTA Council 


Elaine Loyack 

Delta Dental of North Carolina 


Scot McAlexander 


Winston Pierce, Ex-0fficio

23-24 WCPSS Principal of the Year


Kamar Perkins 

NC National Guard / When  

People Work 


Iman Rasheed 
UNC Health 

Will Quick 

Brooks Pierce 


Marion Robinson 
Retired, SECU 


Lily Ryzebol



Jamie Royster 


Steven Slee 
Fifth Third Bank 


Robert Taylor, Ex-Officio 

Wake County Public School System Superintendent 


Chris Torgler 


Jack Turnwald 

Humancentric LLC 


Cleon Umphrey 
Retired, RDU Airport Authority 


Cyndy Yu-Robinson 

Kramden Institute 

The Board of Directors is the governing body for WakeEd Partnership. It is primarily made up of business and community leaders who are deeply involved in public education. To join our Board, contact WakeEd President Keith Poston at

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