Gov. Roy Cooper has hired new staffers to address policy and education issues and to work with constituents.
▪ Geoff Coltrane will be senior education adviser. He is currently director of institutional research and strategic initiatives at the N.C. School of Science and Math in Durham, and was a director at the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. He will be paid $97,148.
▪ LaTanya Pattillo will work with Coltrane. She has been a teacher at East Columbus High School. She graduated from American University and was a Kenan Fellow at N.C. State University. She will make $50,000.
▪ Caroline Sullivan will be executive director of the N.C. Business Committee for Education, which is a nonprofit entity in the governor’s office that supports workforce training. She is a former Wake County commissioner, and has served on various boards. She will make $90,000.
▪ Darryl Childers is a policy adviser on health and human services, public safety and military and veterans issues. He came from Fayetteville where he worked for a community foundation; he has a master of public policy degree from Duke University. He will be paid $53,000.
▪ Jeremy Tarr is a policy adviser on energy, the environment, transportation and natural resources. He previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He will make $80,000.
▪ Michael Leach will be director of the Office of Public Engagement. He worked at the state Department of Health and Human Services, and holds degrees from Shaw University and N.C. Central University. He will be paid $90,000.
▪ Matty Lazo-Chadderton will be deputy director of public engagement. She ran a consulting firm and worked on Hispanic and Latino affairs for the governor’s office and the state Senate. She will earn $80,000.