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Executive Director

Greg Asciutto

Greg Asciutto is CharlotteEAST's Executive Director. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism, he returned to his native North Carolina in 2014 with a desire to teach and live in East Charlotte, where he spent significant time during his youth. Greg worked as an English teacher at Garinger High School for 10 years, became board chair of CharlotteEAST in 2022, then became the organization's first executive director in 2024.  

His work at the intersection of education, community-building, and poverty alleviation has garnered him recognition both inside and outside of classroom; he has been named a 2018 CMS Teacher of the Year, the 2019 United Way of Central Carolinas’ Civil Servant of the Year, one of Elevate Lifestyle’s 30 under 30 Charlotte Leaders, and the 2023 City of Charlotte’s Educator Mentor of the Year. 

2024 Board of Directors


Maureen Gilewski

Board Chair

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Kathy Buckley


John Holmes III

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Jordan Lopez

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Sandra McPhaul


Venitra White-Dean

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Ramone Bellagamba

Vice Chair


Chris Danis


Dannie Kerns

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Diana Martinez

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Carolyn Millen

Elected officials serving East Charlotte

City Council


Vi Lyles

Danté Anderson
Mayor Pro Tem/City Council District 1

Dr. Victoria Watlington
City Council Member At-Large

LaWana Mayfield
City Council Member At-Large

James Mitchell
City Council Member At-Large

Dimple Ajmerea
City Council Member At-Large

Marjorie Molina

City Council District 5

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County Commission

Geroge Dunlap

Commissioner District 3, Commission Chair

Mark Jerrell
Vice-Chair; Commissioner District 4

Leigh Altman
Commissioner At-Large

Arthur Griffin
Commissioner At-Large

Pat Cotham
Commissioner At-Large

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CMS Board of Education

Dee Rankin
Vice Chair; District 3 Representative 

Stephanie Sneed
Chair; District 4 Representative 

Dr. Monthy Witherspoon

Lenora Shipp

Liz Monterrey


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State Officials

John Autry
NC House District 100 

Becky Carney

NC House District 102

Nasif Majeed
NC House District 99

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