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Common Cause North Carolina Advisory Board

Dennis Burns, chair – Dennis is the current chair of Common Cause North Carolina. He is a partner at Technology Commercialization Group, LLC, an international life sciences business development firm in RTP. He has been a president/general manager of several North Carolina biotech or medical device companies before joining the TCG consulting practice. Previously Dennis had a 20-year career as a marketing and licensing executive at three Johnson & Johnson companies and at Richardson-Vicks.

Mary Morgan, vice chair – Mary was a longtime board member of the N.C. Center for Voter Education, which was co-founded by her father, former U.S. Senator Robert Morgan. She is an attorney with the N.C. Community Foundation.

Allen Buansi, secretary – Allen is a member of the Chapel Hill Town Council, and an attorney-fellow at the UNC Center for Civil Rights. Previously, he worked at the NC Department of Justice as an attorney and policy counsel. Allen received his J.D. from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College.

Larry King, treasurer – Larry is a retired professor of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. He has served on the Board of Common Cause NC since 1995, holding offices of chair, secretary, and now treasurer. His current interests include analyzing election results to evaluate gerrymandering’s threat to democracy. For 10 years he also has served on the board of the Women’s Center of Wake County.

Becky Harper – Becky has been a Realtor in the Triangle since 1994. She has been elected to six terms on the Board of Directors at the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors and appointed as a member of the NC Realtors Board of Directors. As a longtime member of Common Cause NC, Becky was a key plaintiff in our successful litigation in Common Cause v. Lewis to overturn gerrymandered legislative districts in 2019. She was also the named plaintiff in Harper v. Lewis, another landmark case challenging gerrymandering, which forced revised congressional maps. She has a BA in Political Science from Chapman University in Orange, California.

Gregory Jenkins – Gregory has a B.A. in Finance and an M.B.A. from the College of Business at Georgia Southern University. He currently works with the Town of Cary after previously working for the City of Greensboro and City of Statesboro. In addition to serving on the board of Common Cause NC, Gregory is a board member with Greensboro Municipal Federal Credit Union and the Women’s Center of Wake County.

David Meeker – David is a Raleigh entrepreneur, whose businesses include Carpenter Real Estate, Trophy Brewing and Runologie. He led the launch of the coalition NC Business Leaders for Accountability, which advocates for nonpartisan redistricting in North Carolina.

James B. Millikan – Jim is a retired professor of political science who taught for three decades at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and served as chair of the political science department there for 12 years. He was recipient of the college-wide Outstanding Faculty Service Award. Jim grew up in Greensboro. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from the University of California – Riverside.

Mack Paul – Mack is a founding partner of Morningstar Law Group where he focuses his practice on zoning, land use, environmental permitting, public financing and public policy. He was a founding member of Triangle Growth Strategies and the Triangle Smart Growth Coalition, which brought environmentalists and home builders together on common growth principles. Mack earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, his M.S. in Education from the University of Southern California and his B.A. in History from Dartmouth College.

Emily Riehl – Emily is currently a Business Segment Advisor for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. She joined the board of Common Cause in 2016. She graduated in May 2015 with a Masters in Public Policy from Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and graduated in 2009 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of Arts in Music & International Studies. Prior to her studies, Emily worked as a community organizer for a grassroots group named Virginia Organizing. Her current interests include organizing to end gerrymandering, encouraging Millennials to participate democratically and in expanding health access to all North Carolinians.

Mim Williams – Mim is a Federal Strategy Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, helping clients across the public sector change the way they do business to better deliver on their missions. Prior to Deloitte, she worked on Capitol Hill for a NC member of Congress and for Pew Charitable Trusts in their Government Relations department.  Mim received a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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