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Our Mission

The Winston-Salem Urban League empowers and advocates for a diverse community, and promotes socioeconomic progress and parity through education, training, and civic engagement.

Our History

The Winston-Salem Urban League was founded through the efforts of Mr. James G. Hanes, a local community leader who was concerned about negative race relations. In 1947, he initiated participation with the Rockefeller Foundation, and based on a survey of the state of race relations conducted by the National Urban League, the “Community Relations Project” was formed. This organization became the Winston-Salem Urban League in 1953 and was chartered in as an affiliate of the National Urban League in 1955.

 Mayor James G. Hanes

Mayor James G. Hanes

Board of Directors

Alison Ashe-Card

Alison Ashe-Card

Board Chair; Wake Forest University Law School, Assistant. Director Office of Career & Professor
Gerri Johns

Gerri Johns

Deloitte Consulting LLP, Management Consultant

Hana Carson

Special Counsel-Legal Nurse Consultant, Optum Services
James Perry

James Perry

President, CEO, Winston-Salem Urban League
 

Jessica Leach

Young Professionals, Board Chair; Quintiles, Clinical Research Associate
Marquis Barnett

Marquis Barnett

Board Secretary; Employee Relations Manager, City of High Point
Tamara Smith

Tamara Smith

Board Vice-Chair; Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Community Outreach Supervisor

Tim Bell

Wake forest Baptist Medical Center, Director, Property Management & Operations

Staff

James Perry

James Perry

President, CEO, Winston-Salem Urban League
 
Patricia Sadler

Patricia Sadler

Workforce Development and Community Relations Director psadler@wsurban.org
Yvette Jones

Yvette Jones

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO yjones@wsurban.org

Empowering communities. Changing lives.