Staff & Leadership

While the staff listed below engage in the day-to-day work of the Compact, the Executive Board provides oversight to guide our work.  

Leslie Garvin, Executive Director
M.S.W with a concentration in Social and Economic Development and a specialization in Management
B.A. in Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis, MO

On January 1, 2015, Garvin assumed the role as the Compact’s third executive director, after serving 5 months in the interim position. She serves as the liaison to the Executive Board, develops and leads member institution recruitment and retention strategies, facilitates faculty engagement initiatives, builds strategic partnerships to develop and expand higher education civic engagement, and oversees day-to-day operations. 

Garvin joined the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, where she managed many of the network's key programs. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged over one thousand college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acted as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year.  A member of the Mission Achieving Committee of national Campus Compact, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater High Point, where she chairs the Community Impact Committee. She is a member of the Service Year NC Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on Civic Health for the Institute for Emerging Issues . Garvin was named a 2016 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow to study afterschool/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NCCAP) and the national Afterschool Alliance.

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Leslie can be reached at or (336) 278-7278. Follow Leslie on Twitter at @garvin_leslie.

Chad Fogleman, Assistant Director
M.P.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A. in English, Davidson College

Chad oversees the NC Afterschool Corps AmeriCorps VISTA program and facilitates communications, network meetings, and student events and awards. He also leads the Campus Election Engagement Project – NC.

Prior to joining NC Campus Compact in 2012, Chad worked at Brown University’s Education Alliance, conducting educational policy and practice research related to the academic success of diverse K-12 learners. He was a program officer at UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for Public Service, where he helped establish what is now the Buckley Public Service Scholars Program. He taught middle and high school English at an independent school in Raleigh, and he spent a year living and teaching in Japan as part of the Japan Exchange & Teaching Program.

Chad can be reached at or (336) 278-7197.

René Summers, Program Assistant

René, who serves as connector to member campuses, facilitator of information, and conference planner, joined NC Campus Compact in March 2011. For sixteen years, René served in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University, providing administrative support for the University Chaplain, participating in the development of the Religious & Spiritual life program, and coordinating and implementing numerous campus-wide events and conferences. 

René can be reached at or (336) 278-7154.

Zandra Cuff , AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
B.A. in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration, UNC Greensboro

Zandra provides member support, program management assistance, member professional development, data collection and reporting for the NC Afterschool Corps. After graduating from college with disciplinary honors in 2016, Zandra served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the United Way of Greater Greensboro, as an Asset Building Specialist. During that time she was responsible for promoting financial capability in the community and coordinating the local free tax prep program, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

Zandra can be reached at or (336) 278-7238.

2018-19 Engaged Faculty Scholars (learn about this initiative here)


Rebecca Dumlao, Ph.D., East Carolina University





Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Ph.D., Duke University