Who We Are

Progress North Carolina is a 501(c)3 non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to informing voters of key public policy issues through traditional news media, online engagement, and hands-on communications trainings.

Our Vision

North Carolina will be its best when the state works for everyone - black, brown and white - based on core values of fairness, equal opportunity, and respect for all. A state that works for everyone regardless of income or skin color will put people before profits, provide every child a quality education and offer quality, affordable healthcare for all. North Carolina's growth can and must sustain its natural resources. We can and must protect our rivers and streams, mountains and coast, and forests and open space. Our democracy must be open to all voters and free from gerrymandering to make sure our elected leaders represent the public interest, not special interests.

Our Staff

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Eleanore Wood
Digital Director

Eleanore Wood is the digital director for Progress North Carolina and Progress NC Action. Since starting with Progress NC in 2017 Eleanore has lead and contributed to countless digital and earned media campaigns all over the state.

Eleanore has spent her entire career on the cutting edge of Internet technology since 1993 when she co-founded the first Internet service provider in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then she has done everything from marketing to web design to data analysis to server administration.

In 2016 Eleanore made her first foray into activism by co-founding a grassroots organization called Rise Together NC which is still active around the state.

In her spare time, she enjoys hikes with her dog, raising her three children, and reading stacks and stacks of books.

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Zi'peria Alford
Digital Communications Fellow

Zi’Peria Alford is a Digital Communications Fellow for Progress North Carolina and Progress NC Action. She graduated in 2019 from Winston Salem State University with a degree in Justice Studies with a concentration on pre-law.

Since joining Progress North Carolina Zi’peria has participated in numerous digital campaigns, and earned media events. She assists daily with the management of social media, email lists, and website development.

Zi’peria is passionate about working towards a more equitable North Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones and reading.

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Alanna Joyner
Communications Fellow

Alanna Joyner joined Progress North Carolina and Progress NC Action in December 2019 and currently serves as Communications Fellow.

Alanna graduated from East Carolina University with a double major in Communication and International Studies.