Career briefs

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

Former county manager appointed to NACo
David F. Thompson, who has been executive director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for the past nine years, will leave his position in October to take a position with the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Thompson will be president and managing director of the NACo Financial Services Center beginning Nov. 5.
“After a national search and rigorous process spanning several months, David was among a very high-caliber slate of qualified candidates,” NACo Executive Director Matthew D. Chase said in a release. “He was chosen to lead the NACo FSC based on his impressive track record of success, strong reputation as a visionary leader and sterling credentials as a county manager and state association executive.”
During his career, he has served as county manager for Durham, Henderson, Hertford and Stanly.

UNC alum named Cooking Light editor
Hunter Lewis, a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and former reporter for The Herald-Sun, has been named editor of Cooking Light magazine.
Lewis previously served as executive editor of Southern Living magazine in Birmingham, Ala., and will begin his new position on Sept. 22.
Before joining Southern Living, Lewis was the food editor of Bon Appétit and kitchen director of Saveur.

RTP US2020 staff announced
In May, the White House announced Research Triangle Park as a US2020 Grand Prize Winner, and recently staff members began work to facilitate STEM mentoring efforts.
Brett Brenton, the project director, comes to US2020 after serving as the assistant principal of Baileywick Road Elementary School in Raleigh.
"I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic project that will not only enrich the perspective of the students it touches, but also those of the mentors who take part,” Brenton said in a release. “This is a project that can truly lift our region in a very progressive and meaningful way.”
Part of the Grand Prize Package was receiving three AmeriCorps members for the first year of the project. The AmeriCorps members recently completed training with the national US2020 organization in Boston and have started working on the Research Triangle Park initiative.
Kelsie Martinez, the knowledge management lead, received her master’s in anthropology from Binghamton University, SUNY this year. She is responsible for developing the infrastructure for and evaluating the components of the STEM mentoring program.
Christine Abernathy, the event planning lead, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in political science in 2012. She has spent the past two years working in youth empowerment in Chapel Hill.
Hannah Strom, the communications and storytelling lead, graduated from Grinnell College in 2013 with a degree in gender, women, and sexuality studies, and spent the last year promoting women’s rights. She is in charge of the social media, blog and digital communications for US2020 RTP.
The team plans to start matching mentors with mentees by mid-September.