Our Cover: Paula J. McCoy

Paula McCoy is a native of Winston-Salem. She attended the public schools and graduated from Carver High School. She received her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from North Carolina A & T State University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration and Supervision. McCoy successfully completed coursework in Duke University’s Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management and earned a Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in community development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 2005.

August 1, 2007, McCoy assumed the role as the President/CEO for the

North Carolina Minority Support Center (NCMSC) and Generations Community Credit Union (GCCU). The NCMSC is a statewide advocate that partners with Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs), providing technical assistance, grants and loans to help them build generational wealth and create opportunities for individuals, families and communities. NCMSC envisions financial self-sufficiency and sustainability for themselves, their CDCU partners and the members they serve. The Support Center sponsored GCCU in 2002 and maintains a close relationship, assisting them toward self-sufficiency.

 Prior to this McCoy was the Program Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in W-S and worked closely with a local advisory committee of funders and Community Development Corporation’s (CDCs) to implement strategies designed to strengthen CDCs and the communities they serve. She was also responsible for raising over $2 million in philanthropy to fund LISC operations and grants to CDCs over the past three years. McCoy was employed in various roles at LISC for seven years.

McCoy was also the Executive Director of Northwest Child Development Council from 1994 to 2000, almost five years. Northwest, a 30+ year organization, manages 13 child care centers in five counties in North Carolina. Her other professional roles included Adult Basic Skills and GED Coordinator at Forsyth Technical Community College, Community Liaison at East Winston Community Development Corporation, trainer an owner of a management consulting firm, teacher and computer operator. McCoy serves her community and has been active on numerous boards. She has been active in local politics and has served in leadership capacities in her local party.

McCoy is an energetic, motivated and committed individual dedicated to helping others realize their potential for success. Her experience in administration and supervision expand over fifteen years. Since 1985, McCoy has worked with numerous individuals, businesses and community-based organizations in the areas of personal, professional, organizational and community development. She considers this as her “life work”.

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