About Us

Dedicated to building stronger communities

Our mission is to empower communities by advocating for the approval of bonds, fostering progress through strategic investments in schools, and securing a prosperous future for children across Mecklenburg County.

Our Story

We work to strengthen schools & communities across Mecklenburg County.

We are a diverse coalition of parents, teachers, community advocates, and business leaders who all believe in the power of bonds to drive positive change and help Mecklenburg County succeed. Our mission is to engage citizens and educate citizens about the importance of voting YES for better and safer schools. The school bonds will make our schools more secure and improve educational outcomes for students – because a strong public school system benefits everyone in Mecklenburg County.

Our Committee

Campaign Co-Chairs

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David Longo

Chairman & CEO, CBI Workplace Solutions
David Longo is the Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer of CBI Workplace Solutions. David opened CBI in 1993 as a small startup and grew CBI into the premier workplace solutions provider it is today with 10 locations. David is devoted to giving back to the community and emphasizes that CBI exists to Love and Serve its Clients, Associates and Communities. This personal philosophy led him to create the Live Love Serve Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting CBI Associates in their times of need and charities with missions supporting education, literacy, and local communities.

Ralph Lopez Massas

Senior Vice President, Charlotte Hub at American Airlines
Ralph is the Senior Vice President of Hub Operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), a critical part of American’s global network with 650+ daily departures and 14,000+ team members. With a 28-year career at American, he’s led major organizations, including the Integrated Operations Center (IOC) and Miami International Airport (MIA). Ralph’s extensive experience spans international hubs like London-Heathrow, Boston, New York City, Newark, and San Jose, as well as leadership roles in the Caribbean and Latin American divisions. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ralph holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is actively involved in community initiatives.


Mary McCray

Mary McCray, a dedicated North Carolinian and accomplished educator with 35 years of service in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, notably served as the Board of Education’s longest-serving chair and received prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North Carolina Association of Educators. Her involvement extends to community organizations like the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Retired School Personnel and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Black Political Caucus, all while cherishing her roles as a mother and grandmother.

Volunteer Committee

Maggie Akers
MVA Public Affairs
Steven Allison
MVA Public Affairs
Michelle Manns
Greater Charlotte Apartment Association
Tracy Montross
American Airlines
Rob Nanfelt
Lawrence Shaheen
Carolina Political Consulting
Adam Rhew
South Park Community Partners
Keith Stanley
University City Partners
Michael J. Smith
Center City Partners
Caleb Theodros
Black Political Caucus
Sara Baysinger
Leage of Women Voters
Tonya Jameson
Leading on Opportunity
Solange Tricanowicz
UNC Charlotte
Lauren Layne
Central Piedmont
Ailen Arreaza
Parents Together
Allyson Colaco
VP and Director, Customer Success, E4E Relief
Kimberly Kuo
SVP, Communications, Truist Financial
Rod Garvin
Elizabeth Trotman
CELC workforce consultant
Dorothy Gorman
Junior Achievement
Tiffany Allen
Dave Smith
Martin Marietta
Patrick Waterman
LaBella Associates
Elyse Dashew
CMS School Board Chair
Laura Yates Clark
United Way of Greater Charlotte

Campaign Staff

Brian Francis
Campaign Manager
Lisa Crawford
Grassroots Coordinator
Adam Bernstein
Chernoff Newman
Amanda DeWeese
Chernoff Newman
Joe Bost
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance

Endorsing Organizations, Contributors & Community Supporters

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