Merald Holloway was born in Reidsville, NC, is a 1992 graduate of Reidsville High School, with formal education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill and University of Phoenix ( BA American Studies and BS Communications). and currently residing in Raleigh, NC.
He is both the founder and Executive Director of NC100, (http://www.nc-100.org) a non-profit focused on mapping and identifying opportunities for collaboration and change in Rockingham County.
Merald also lends his time and expertise to serve his home county as treasurer/executive board member for the Rockingham County Partnership for Children, as well as the board of directors for the Good Stewards of Rockingham.
He is also a passionate and dedicated advocate for economic empowerment and social justice within several North Carolina communities and business sectors.
In the Triangle area, he also serves as a program manager with MDC Rural Forward working collaboratively with the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, providing program-wide guidance and identifying opportunities for community collaboration, as well as developing technical assistance methods for the Healthy Places NC Initiative.
As a champion of economic development and as an advocate of worker and purchasing cooperatives, he currently serves as chairman the North Carolina Employee Ownership Center(nceoc.org).
Since 2011, Merald has served on Durham Technical Community College’s Business Administration Advisory Committee in several capacities.
In 2018, he became a Regional Expansion Partner for the Community Purchasing Alliance in Washington, DC (cpa.coop).
In 2020, Merald was named to the 2020-2022 cohort for the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. In addition to prioritizing place-equity considerations, class members were evaluated and selected based on their curiosity, creativity, connectivity, and courage as North Carolina leaders and learners.
The work that motivates him is a faithfulness to a mission to amplify local voice, create spaces where decisionmaker solutions are more inclusive of local experience, and building stronger networks for local leaders.