Marc Porter Magee Ph.D is the CEO and founder of 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

The 50CAN model is built around the conviction that all politics is local but locals shouldn’t have to start from scratch. Our network brings together visionary local leadership with nation-leading tools, systems and expertise to build powerful state movements that get results for kids.

We are driven by a passion for building powerful Campaigns for Achievement Now (CANs) because we believe great schools change everything—from the dreams of our children to the health of our communities to the economies of our states.

Over the past year we have been working with North Carolina partners to explore the opportunities for building the next great CAN. I am pleased to announce that today we officially kicked-off the search for CarolinaCAN’s founding executive director.

Get more information about CarolinaCAN, what we’re looking for in an executive director, how to apply and how to recommend candidates here.

One of the most important lessons I learned and relearned during my six years at ConnCAN fighting for fundamental education reforms in Connecticut is that there is no silver bullet for fixing public education. If you want transformational change you have to be willing to commit for the long haul. 50CAN’s state campaigns are founded on these lessons learned and are part of a powerful national network that allows them to do everything from policy development to statewide citizen mobilization to legislative advocacy to implementation. We will bring this same commitment and focus to North Carolina.

CarolinaCAN’s founding executive director will join an elite cadre of leaders who are using cutting-edge research and communication tools and proven advocacy strategies to secure bold education reforms in Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island.

It takes a true visionary to lead a state CAN and build a local, lasting movement that stands up for kids year after year. I can’t wait to introduce you to the visionary who will lead North Carolina’s new movement to give its children the quality education they deserve. 


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