There is a conversation happening in our home of North Carolina and throughout the South. While the nation seems to be progressing through policy, thought, and public opinion, the South has stalled. From extremist politicians to backward priorities, the South has its share of challenges over the next year, decade, generation.
We have joined the dialogue. We are echoing the voices across the region looking for solutions, not stonewalling. We are standing with the next generation, searching for leadership, not the status quo. Our commitment rests in forward priorities, fresh faces, and the dawn of a new kind of public service.
Today, we are excited to announce Upward South, a political action committee dedicated to identifying, recruiting, and supporting the next generation of forward-thinking leaders.
Upward South aims to cultivate a pipeline of capable public servants for sustainable leadership throughout the South. Founded as the Grassroots Farm Team by Sam Spencer in 2009, we are taking our record of helping electing nearly a dozen candidates for municipal office since 2009 and re-energizing to face the challenges, and opportunities, of today’s political landscape.
Upward South launches with an all-star Advisory Board, tasked with providing us with strategic guidance and support. Progressive champions Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, State Representative Verla Insko, and former State Representative Jane Whilden have demonstrated a strong commitment to help foster new leadership, and we’re honored to have them on our team.
Our newly formed Board of Directors will manage to the day-to-day operations of Upward South. Evan Degnan, a marketing professional and campaign manager, leads as board chairman and director. Lee Storrow, current Chapel Hill Town Councilman, Matt Calabria, Raleigh attorney, and Tori Taylor, former College Democrats of America National President, round out the inaugural Board of Directors for Upward South.
It’s time to up the level of leadership development in the South - and we’re here to help. Through strategic targeting, aggressive fundraising, and candidate support, Upward South is excited to stand alongside public servants, political leaders, and community activists to cultivate the next generation of leadership in the South.
Let’s get to work. Donate to Upward South today.
Thanks for your support,
Upward South Board of Directors