Michelle Hughes
Executive Director


  • Politics
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Demographics
  • Low-income students
  • Mobility
  • Poverty
  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Preschool
  • State policy
  • Health and wellness

 Michelle has worked in the field of children’s advocacy for almost 20 years in North Carolina. She has served in a number of executive and leadership positions including Project Director of the Partnering for Excellence Initiative at Benchmarks, Executive Vice-President for Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina, and Public Action Director at the NC Child Advocacy Institute, the organizational predecessor to NC Child. Michelle’s leadership and advocacy for children has been recognized both nationally and in North Carolina. She is the 2012 recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner’s Award and the 2012 North Carolina Pediatric Society, Tom Vitaglione Child Health Advocacy Award. A graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, Michelle holds Master’s degrees in English and Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.