Buffalo native Patrice Funderburg, former Center for Community Transitions (CCT) board co-chair and criminal justice advocate, was recently named executive director of the Charlotte, North Carolina agency.
“For the past four years, Patrice has played a key role in the critical work we do for our community,” noted outgoing director Myra Clark. “She’s demonstrated how thoughtful and skilled she is in many areas and I’m confident in the path she’ll lead for this organization.”
After working in corporate human resources for over 20 years, Funderburg has used her background and experience for social justice, specifically working as an advocate and activist with people directly impacted by incarceration and correctional control.
For the past three years, Patrice has taught classes and mentored women and girls at Mecklenburg County Detention Center with local nonprofits that serve returning citizens. She also serves on North Carolina Gov. Cooper’s State Reentry Council Collaborative and is an advocate member of the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls.
“Building people not prisons isn’t just a statement at CCT, it’s how we model community,” Funderburg said. “The people and families we serve are our greatest assets. When people feel seen, heard and valued, they’re able to navigate their own transformation. We provide the tools and support they need to be successful.”
She added, “I look forward to leading CCT in its vision of lowering recidivism, improving access and opportunities to sustainable employment, and disrupting the generational cycle of poverty to prison.”
The Center for Community Transitions is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the community by helping people with criminal records and their families find healthier and more productive ways of living.
(Patrice is the daughter of Richard Clark of Buffalo and Barbara Clark of Charleston S.C.)