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The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation today announced the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Leslie Winner. Winner will remain with the Foundation through March 2016.

“For the past seven years, Leslie has provided matchless leadership for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and we will miss her dearly,” said Lloyd P. (Jock) Tate Jr., president of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with her over the next nine months to set a path for the Foundation’s future success.”

Winner joined the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as executive director in 2008. During Winner’s tenure, the Foundation has worked with business, civic and education leaders to build public support for teachers and public education. For example, the Foundation supported an initial conference and efforts that led to the creation of BEST NC, an organization of business leaders who present elected officials with a business rationale and recommendations for supporting public education.

More often, however, the Foundation under Winner’s leadership has collaborated with local nonprofit organizations throughout North Carolina. The Foundation helped many of them navigate through the economic downturn that began in 2008. For example, a Z. Smith Reynolds grant enabled the N.C. Pottery Museum to hire a director to strengthen that organization’s long-term financial stability.

Much of Winner’s career prior to leading the Foundation focused on providing each of North Carolina’s children with a fair opportunity to receive a good education. Foundation grants under her leadership have helped organizations establish leadership programs for school principals, supported local collaborative efforts to better meet developmental needs of young children and helped local school districts develop programs to support and retain their newest teachers.

“My interest in strengthening public education aligned with a longstanding Z. Smith Reynolds focus on education,” Winner said. “I also think a community can’t just have good schools. Communities also need sound community economic development and pathways to living wage jobs, a sustainable environment and a vibrant democracy with as many voters participating as possible. “


Tyler Meyer, planning manager with the City’s Transportation Department, has been recognized by NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) Secretary Anthony Tata as a “Road Gang Member.” The designation is for Meyer’s recent efforts serving on the state’s Strategic Prioritization of Transportation (SPOT) Team. Most team members were NCDOT officials; Meyer was one of only two municipal representatives on the team.

SPOT developed a scoring matrix used by NCDOT to rank and prioritize state transportation improvement projects. That matrix was presented to the state legislature’s Transportation sub-committee for approval.

“Statewide transportation funding is a highly competitive process and having Tyler on the SPOT Team is definitely an advantage for the Greensboro area,” said

Adam Fischer, City transportation department head. “Tyler was intricately involved in developing the statewide scoring process and we were able to position critical transportation projects in the Greensboro area in the most favorable position through his insight into the prioritization process.” !