Leadership Council

WakeEd’s Leadership Council provides guidance and strategic input to the Board of Directors. While it is primarily an advisory body, the Leadership Council is made up of members who are deeply involved in public education. 

2023-24 Leadership Council


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. 

Christopher Bell 

Middle Market Manager – Triangle Region 

Truist Bank 


Gordon Brown 

Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration 

Alfred Williams & Company 


David T. Clancy 


Clancy & Theys Construction Company 


Marty Clayton 

District Manager 

Duke Energy 


Frank A. Daniels, Jr. 


The Josephus Group, LLC 


Richard Daugherty 

IBM, Retired 


Sandra M. Fain

News & Observer, Retired 

Dudley Flood 

Education Consultant  

Benjamin Goldstein  


CAPTRUST Financial Advisors 


Robert Jones 


Davidson and Jones Corporation 


John Mabe 

Attorney at Law 

Nexsen Pruet, PLLC 


James Maynard  

Executive Chairman 

Investors Management Corporation 


Caroline McCullen  

SAS, Retired  


Tom Oxholm 

Vice President of Finance 

Wake Stone Corporation 

Virginia Parker 

Triangle Market Executive 

Bank of America 


Richard Urquhart 

Investors Management Corporation, Retired 

Blount Williams 

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Williams & Company 

Smedes York

Chairman, York Properties, Inc./McDonald York Building Company 

Ex-Officio Members  

Lindsay Mahaffey 

Wake County Board of Education, Chair 


Shinica Thomas 

Wake County Board of Commissioners, Designee 



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