Carrie B. Cook is a passionate advocate for youth engagement, economic empowerment, women’s rights and high quality education for all students. Carrie currently serves as the Regional Liaison for U.S. Senator Kay Hagan. In this role Carrie acts as the Senator’s liaison to government, business and community leaders within a 14 county region of North Carolina. Carrie is also the Founder of EmpowHERment, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non profit organization whose mission is to empower girls and women to be leaders in their community though mentorship, talent development and advocacy. Since it’s inception in 2011, the organization has positively connected, inspired, and empow(HER)ed hundreds of girls and women in the Charlotte region, effectively creating a sustainable pipeline to develop the talents of current and future leaders.
Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on Education Policy and Economic Development from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been recognized by local, national and international organizations for her commitment to public service. In 2011 she received the Young Public Administrator of the Year Award from the National Forum of Black Public Administrators and in 2013 Carrie was recognized as 1 of 3 Women of Achievement Award Recipients from the YWCA of Central Carolinas. Carrie’s intellectually curious mind and adventurous spirit has led her across the globe to over 15 countries in six continents. A native of Charlotte, NC, Carrie is grateful for the opportunity to be a servant-leader in her local community and beyond. She credits her unshakable faith, passion and supportive family and friends for helping her to become a better woman every day.