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.

Happy holidays!

TCCC volunteers at Lowcountry Food Bank

The TCCC staff had a great time today sorting, cleaning and packaging cans at the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Along with our fellow volunteers from Harris Teeter, we packaged 4,365 pounds of food!

TCCC Board of Directors welcomes Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative, a non-profit organization that works to improve educational outcomes for all students, has added a new board member.

On December 19, the TCCC Board of Directors elected Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III – pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston and vice president of religious affairs and external relations for the National Action Network – to serve a 2.5-year term. 

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III

Rivers was ordained at the Olivet Baptist Church of Christ in Georgia and has preached at churches in 23 states. He became pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in the Liberty Hill community of North Charleston in September 2008.

Rivers joined the National Action Network in July 2014, and he spent nearly 40 years working in various positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), including as president of the North Charleston Branch, executive director of the S.C. State Conference, director of the Southeast Region, vice president of field operations and chief operating officer.  

Rivers was a leading organizer of a civil rights demonstration in January 2000, when more than 50,000 marched to Columbia to demand the removal of the Confederate flag, and he was there in 2015 when the flag was removed from statehouse grounds.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University in Ohio and is pursuing his Master of Divinity at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West.

“I am very pleased to welcome Rev. Nelson Rivers, III, to the board. I have no doubt that his experiences in civil rights activism and grassroots organizing will bring valuable contributions to our work going forward,” said Anita Zucker, CEO of The InterTech Group and chair of the TCCC Board of Directors. “I look forward to working closely with the reverend on ways we can improve educational outcomes for all students.”

TRIP! training

About a dozen of our partners spent an hour on December 12 discussing the Tri-County Region Improvement Process (TRIP!) and how it can be used across feeder patterns to make systems change.

In 2014, TCCC created and deployed TRIP! across its networks, consortia and project teams to guide collaborative work. Using funding provided by The Duke Endowment, one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast, TCCC is expanding the tools available within TRIP! and assisting direct-service providers in the region in becoming more results-based.

Thanks to all those who participated!

Opinion: ‘South Carolina education system needs major overhaul to fix inequities’

TCCC CEO, John Read, has an opinion piece in The Post and Courier today about the need for an education system overhaul in the state of South Carolina.

“Many will view with disbelief and distrust the prospect of real reform taking place. We haven’t seen a governor take a serious interest in education since Gov. Richard Riley, and the number of studies and reports detailing what’s wrong with CCSD could fill a library. Incidentally, similar problems can also be observed in Dorchester and Berkeley counties,” Read says. “What’s needed is a movement of parents, teachers, civic and business leaders, ‘if onlys,’ naysayers and distrusters to demand the transformation of public education here.”

Read the full opinion piece at: https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/south-carolina-education-system-needs-major-overhaul-to-fix-inequities/article_4f8a5306-fa7e-11e8-9dd1-f7d71fcbdc7d.html

TCCC accepting resumes for Communications and Administration Associate

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) welcomes applications for the position of Communications and Administration Associate, available immediately. This position is part-time, working 10-20 hours per week, and reports directly to the Director of Communications and Operations. The work schedule will be based on the needs of the Director and TCCC staff.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Communications: Draft content for website, social media, newsletters, reports and press releases.
  • Fundraising: Confidentially maintain database of partners and donors, and draft grant applications and donor letters.
  • Meeting Coordination: Schedule meetings, prepare agendas and materials, track attendance and draft minutes for various meetings.
  • Event Planning: Draft and send invitations, track RSVPs, prepare nametags and order supplies.

Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, and new ones may be assigned at any time, with or without notice.

Qualifications include:

  • Associate degree or higher, or equivalent previous work experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrable attention to detail, integrity, organization and administration skills in prior work.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required; proficiency in WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite preferred.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

Contact: Send resume and three writing samples to Ashley Heffernan, Director of Communications and Operations, at Ashley@TriCountyCradleToCareer.org.

About Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) is a community-wide movement in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, South Carolina, focused on improving the quality of life of its citizens and its workforce through education. Using data and focused community collaboration across a continuum from “cradle-to-career,” TCCC serves as a catalyst for widespread, systemic change, with the ultimate goal of increased success and economic prosperity for all.

Click here to view a PDF of this job description.