Racial Equity Institute

We’re thrilled that so many members of the TCCC Board of Directors went through Racial Equity Institute (REI) training today!

In attendance, among many others, were: The InterTech Group CEO Anita Zucker, Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait, Volvo Car University’s Katarina Fjording, Coastal Community Foundation’s Darrin Goss, Community Volunteers Larry Lautenschlager and Paul Kohlheim, Nelson Mullins’ Eli Poliakoff, The Boeing Company’s Jessica Jackson, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s David Ginn, C&A Unlimited’s Carolyn Hunter and College of Charleston Dean Frances Welch.

The YWCA of Greater Charleston first brought the Racial Equity Institute (REI), nationally recognized for helping communities address institutional racism, to Charleston in January 2017 with seven supportive partners, including TCCC. Click here to learn more about this incredible training.



Get Your Tickets Now for Steeplechase of Charleston Charity Gala

It’s time to get dressed up for a night of live music, dinner, drinks and much more!

There’s only 8 tables left, so purchase your tickets now for the Steeplechase of Charleston Charity Gala benefitting Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative!

Here are the details:

When: 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019

Where: Hibernian Hall, 105 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Attire: Black tie optional

Tickets: Click here

TCCC welcomes applications for CEO

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative welcomes applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer.

The Opportunity

A national movement has been building all across the country, rooted in a shared commitment to improved educational outcomes for all our children. By bringing together a wide range of partners—not just families and educators from early childhood, K-12 and higher education, but also businesses, government entities, philanthropy and nonprofits – these communities are transforming the way they work together across often siloed sectors to achieve better outcomes for every child, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

In 2012, a group of regional leaders joined forces to create the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC), which brings together partners from across the region to address large-scale social issues surrounding education. TCCC is a community movement in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, committed to improving educational outcomes for ALL students. Using data and focused community collaboration across a continuum from “cradle-to-career,” TCCC works to build and implement strategies that will facilitate widespread systemic change, with the ultimate goal of increased student success and economic prosperity.

The Board of TCCC has launched a search for a CEO to build on the considerable work achieved to date. The incoming CEO will have the opportunity to expand capacity regionally to further accelerate the progress of local communities in the improvement of educational outcomes across the tri-county area.

The Position

The incoming CEO will join a team that is proud to serve such a critical mission and fully committed to implementing the goals of the organization. The CEO will work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and cultivate relationships and will lead cross-sector collaborations in using data and metrics as elements of a highly disciplined approach to inform decision-making. The CEO will grow the Collaborative by encouraging new stakeholders to align their work around TCCC goals and encourage investors to align human capital and financial investments in support of the evidence-based strategies of the organization. Along with the Board of Directors, the CEO will establish short and long-range action plans, timelines and strategies to ensure the TCCC meets established goals and objectives. Other responsibilities include fundraising, board stewardship, public relations and outreach, financial oversight and staff management.

The Ideal Candidate

Experience: The ideal candidate to become CEO of TCCC will offer…

  • Experience with results-based leadership; experience with collective impact and large-scale constructive change is a plus.
  • The gravitas to enlist other leaders in service to the mission while relating well to all stakeholders.
  • A record of considerable success working through a network of relationships and strategic partners to achieve a specific goal.
  • A strategic perspective, combined with clear respect for the power of data — both quantitative and qualitative.
  • An authentic leadership style, preferably born of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; someone whose personal journey informs the commitment to our mission.
  • Superior communication skills, whatever the medium; genuine comfort in an external-facing role; the ease of a natural relationship-builder.
  • Experience in developing donors and raising funds to support an organization. Not afraid to ask for money.
  • An understanding of the public education system and a passion for improving the lives of children.
  • A pervasive commitment to data-driven decision-making; a results-oriented leadership style.

Culture: Our CEO should be…

  • A well-organized, systems thinker genuinely passionate about improving educational outcomes.
  • A mission-driven proponent of continuous improvement.
  • Tenacious in the face of intractable challenges.
  • A true servant leader, ambitious for the mission rather than for oneself.
  • A discerning listener who understands our local culture and history.
  • Experienced in managing ambiguity.
  • Respectful of the power of diversity and persuasive in eliminating disparities.
  • Respectful of team members’ expertise and committed to their personal development.
  • A natural delegator who embraces transparency.
  • A senior colleague people enjoy working with.
Our Community

Consistently named among Condé Nast Traveler’s top 10 US destinations, Charleston, South Carolina is a world-class city. Beautifully preserved historic sites, outstanding resorts and recreational facilities, and its premier waterfront location attract millions of visitors and new residents to the Charleston area each year. With a mild year-round climate, miles of beaches and waterways, a burgeoning young professional scene and several up‐and-coming neighborhoods, the region is thriving, even during difficult economic times. This influx of diverse people of all ages, backgrounds, and origins also sustains an incredible array of world cuisine, shopping, and cultural amenities rarely found in markets of similarly sized communities. The Tri‐County region is also home to several colleges and universities, which greatly influence the vibrancy and diversity of the community. Growth in the economy has been spurred by the recent addition of The Boeing Company, along with a growing number of high tech and entrepreneurial companies.



A bachelor’s degree or higher, management experience and the ability to demonstrate success in leadership roles.


Significant senior management experience in a non-profit or NGO (including leading a small internal team and a large, diverse board) and/or a track record of leading large-scale social change initiatives.


To apply, please send a compelling letter/case statement describing why you have an interest in this position and making the case that you are the best person to lead this initiative. Letters should not exceed three pages. Please also attach a resume that outlines relevant qualifications and experience, and your availability. All applications will be confidential.

Coastal Community Foundation is leading the CEO search. All applications should be submitted to ceosearch@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.  The deadline for submission is Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact David Galvin at ceosearch@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

TCCC CEO stepping down in mid-2019

John C. Read, CEO of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, intends to step down from the position later this year.

When Read was offered the position, he indicated a willingness to stay in place for a 3-to-5-year period, and he will have completed his fifth year in May of 2019. He informed the TCCC Board of Directors in June of 2018 of his intention to step down no later than June of 2019.

John C. Read
John C. Read

“It has always been my view that a non-profit CEO – especially one first to hold the position – should be careful not to overstay his welcome,” Read said. “TCCC has found its place in the community and is here to stay. I intend to continue the work on behalf of education attainment in the tri-county region, just from some other perch.”

During his years at TCCC, Read has spearheaded many initiatives, including:

– The formation and growth of two networks to take a data-driven, collaborative approach to improving high school graduation and kindergarten readiness, as well as two consortia comprised of school superintendents and college provosts.

– The creation of the Tri-County Regional Improvement Process (TRIP!), prompting a $1.5 million grant from The Duke Endowment for early childhood continuous improvement support.

“John is a fearless champion for improving educational outcomes and focusing attention on equity, and he will be missed” said Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group and chair of the TCCC Board of Directors. “We are incredibly grateful for his efforts and dedication, and we will continue this important work under new leadership.”

The board has formed a CEO Search Committee – chaired by Coastal Community Foundation President and CEO Darrin Goss – and a position announcement has been published. Read will remain in place until a new CEO is elected.