Keeva Kase, Executive Director

“Empathy is the source of creativity. When we see ourselves in others – human and nonhuman, alike – we innovate for the greater good.”

Veteran child advocate, community organizer, and small business owner, Keeva leads Bull City Forward toward a world in which our toughest challenges are solved through social innovation. He envisions Durham and the Triangle region as a global leader for innovative solutions to systemic social problems. Keeva has directed numerous community investment initiatives and championed education and child welfare reform efforts. He holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, owns a small truffiere, and serves as a director with Odell Education. Keeva credits his faith, family, and friends for his continued inspiration and drive to serve.


blairBlair Lanier,Director of Strategy

Blair thrives on making big dreams possible by translating vision into strategy and impact.  Former Executive Director of Breakthrough Cincinnati (a nonprofit launching students to college and young teachers to careers), Blair brings strategic planning, program evaluation, and development experience to Bull City Forward. Before leading Breakthrough, Blair taught AP Biology and developed a deep appreciation for communication skills and scientific literacy as critical tools for success in the 21st century. Blair proudly hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, received her BA in Sociology from Yale, lives on a small but mighty farm with her boyfriend, and is pursuing dual MBA and MPP degrees at Duke University.


Beatrice PhotoBeatrice Parker Diaz, Community Relations

Beatrice is a self-proclaimed GRIT (girl raised in the south) with global tendencies, foodie, advocate, hostess, and entrepreneur. A North Carolina native, she is a wife and mompreneur of four. Beatrice has worked as an outreach counselor for Hurricane Floyd victims, taught ESL, tutored secondary Spanish, worked as a Bilingual Victim witness legal assistant, collections agent, and office manager. Beatrice is active in her community by serving on various advisory/executive boards, mentoring children, parent support groups, coordinating events, and serving in her church. Her degrees are in Political Science and Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABenjamin Shedlock, Director of Communications

Ben specializes in bringing expert messages to broad audiences. A proud Pennsylvania transplant, Ben came to Durham after completing an MA in Professional Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also consulted with researchers and students to help them improve their research communications. Currently, Ben is also providing messaging support for the Board of the Triangle NC chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Ben has also worked as refugee resettlement caseworker, helping scores of refugees navigate new lives in America.


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