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Jesica Averhart

Executive Director

Jes came to Leadership Triangle after working with entrepreneurs in Durham at the American Underground, named the “Startup Capital of the South” by CNBC. Averhart was director of corporate partnerships for this regional leader in tech and world-changing ideas. The American Underground is one of only nine “Google for Entrepreneurs” hubs, so her work there connected her to not only leaders in the Triangle region, but global movers and shakers.

While at American Underground, Jes co-founded Black Wall Street Homecoming a nonprofit aimed at closing the funding gap for Black and Brown tech founders and created partnerships with Google, Fidelity Labs, Coastal Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Lincoln Financial and more. Before that, she worked with the American Tobacco Campus connecting leaders in nonprofit organizations to each other and the outside world in order to achieve their missions.

All of this prepared Jes for her new role at Leadership Triangle. She’s been connecting, training, and preparing leaders to take their rightful roles in the community for years. Now she brings her energy and vision to the Leadership Triangle family.

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