Say Guilford Guilford Welcomes Wendy Poteat as CEO

News Release


The Say Yes Guilford board of directors is pleased to announce Wendy Poteat as the new Chief Executive Officer. She will begin her role on June 3, 2019.

Poteat most recently led The Forsyth Promise, a non-profit which works with community stakeholders to improve educational outcomes for Forsyth County students. As executive director she secured almost $1 million in funding for the education initiative. She worked as a community advocate motivating partners and volunteers, and managed communication and implementation of Promise strategies. Poteat previously worked for the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Greensboro Partnership.

The Caswell County native spent most of her adult life in Guilford County, starting her education at NC A&T and later finishing at Guilford College. She has three sons, two Guilford County Schools’ graduates and one rising high school freshman.

“It was always my dream to go to college,” Poteat recalls. She completed that dream after the birth of her third son, and her passion for education was born. “We as a community need to offer the supports to make sure that first and second graders are starting to think about high school graduation and going to college or beginning a career. Say Yes has to convene community members and organizations so we can change outcomes.”

Board co-chair Mindy Oakley says, “Wendy has the background, skills and drive to lead Say Yes Guilford as we work with Guilford County Schools to build a system to support students and their families on their path to college and a career. We are thrilled to have Wendy on the Say Yes team.”

Say Yes Guilford is committed to providing access to services, support and scholarships designed to prepare Guilford County Schools students for success in college, career and life.

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