A Fireside Chat: “How Did We Get Here…What’s Next?”
Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship Spring 2021 Social Impact Leadership Series
Maurice “Mo” Green is the executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation – a private, family foundation that has been a catalyst for positive change in North Carolina for 80 years and invested $608 million into the state. Mo works alongside Trustees and staff to spearhead the Foundation’s efforts to improve the quality of life for all North Carolinians. He also works with leaders in various sectors to respond to challenges and opportunities, and generate strategies that will advance the future of North Carolina. Soon after joining ZSR in March 2016, Mo, Trustees and staff embarked on a yearlong strategic assessment and planning process to evaluate and examine the Foundation’s approach to grantmaking and broader work. As part of this process, the Foundation launched a statewide listening and learning tour called “Mo Wants To Know,” where Mo, Trustees, staff and ZSR’s Community Leadership Council traveled across the state hearing directly from state leaders, local leaders and community members about trends and challenges, as well as opportunities, successes and ideas for making North Carolina a better place. Under Mo’s and the Trustees’ leadership and guidance, the yearlong process resulted in an emerging direction for the Foundation, a set of core values and All For NC, the Foundation’s Framework for Grantmaking and Learning.