Barbara Foushee

Title: Commissioner

Municipality: Town of Carrboro

Position Interested In: At Large - Elected Officials

Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.

I am interested in serving to continue the promotion of the League's vision of governmental excellence, dialogue amongst elected officials, advocacy and a collaborative approach to statewide municipal issues. I would bring to the table a very deep history of community engagement, diversity and inclusion efforts and civic engagement in some key organizations such as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and the OWASA Board of Directors where I previously held leadership roles. This type of knowledge could be key in helping to obtain some of the goals in Vision 2030. It is important that community members understand the roles/responsibilities of the municipalities they live in; educating all sectors of our communities is a key piece of the puzzle. I spend a good bit of time ensuring that those that aren't "in the know" become versed on what services are available to them as taxpayers.


I work tirelessly for ways to level the playing field and feel that this demonstrates the value that a municipality adds to the community's quality of life. Technology has become a key part of how we reach our community members and there has to expansion of broadband in the future so that there is equitable access for everyone. Being collaborative in general, especially with our county and regional partners increases resources and expands bandwidth for sustainable solutions to some of the issues that plague our communities. Adapting to any change in our communities requires diverse leadership that is able to provide guidance and direction under any circumstances, including cultural and demographic shifts. The diverse voices at the table will continue to bring that unique perspective that will serve all community members and not leave anyone behind. I will be committed to the 6 operating principles and the 5 planning pillars that are outlined in Vision 2030 if selected to serve.

 

Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.

I was elected to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen (now Carrboro Town Council) in 2017, I currently serve in the role of Mayor Pro Tem.


I have served as Council Liaison to the Affordable Housing Advisory Commission, the Planning Board, the Intergovernmental Parks Work Group and the Human Services Advisory Board. I am currently serving as Council Liaison to the Transportation Advisory Board, the Community Home Trust, the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness and the Orange County Transit Plan Steering Committee. I also served on the OWASA Board of Directors where I was Secretary to the Board as well as the Human Resources Committee Chair. My areas of special interest are expanding housing options, diversifying the tax base and equal access to decision-making.

Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities. 

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology and am currently employed as a Senior Technologist in a Molecular Oncology lab in Research Triangle Park, NC; I have spent my entire career in clinical laboratory sciences. I am a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. where I currently serve as the President of my local Graduate Chapter. I am a silver-life subscribing member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP where I serve as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, I was also the branch's Secretary for 6 plus years. I am a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Randolph Chapter #185 and am the President of the Community Awareness and Political Ministry at First Baptist Church of Chapel Hill, NC.

Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?

Please provide any other information you would like the Nominations Committee to consider.

I will be committed to the goals and ideals of the NCLM and hope to have the opportunity to serve. I have included my bio from the Town of Carrboro's website as well as several letters of recommendation and can provide more information if needed.


I apologize for not including a short video, but I hope that my application, bio and letters of recommendation will provide you with the necessary information that is needed to make an informed decision about my nomination.


Looking forward to hearing from you.

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