2019 National​ Conference Keynote Speaker

NACEP is excited to announce that Dr. Jim Johnson will be our Keynote Speaker for the 2019 National Conference. Executive Director, Amy Williams had this to say about Dr. Johnson, "Powerful and thought-provoking, Dr. Johnson shares the key demographic trends shaping our nation and the future of education. His entertaining, engaging, no-nonsense presentation is a must-see for anyone working in education. We are thrilled he will join us to kick off NACEP's National Conference. 

Dr. Johnson is a William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the Kenan-Flagler Business School and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, poverty and public policy in urban America, and workforce diversity issues. He has published more than 100 scholarly research articles and three research monographs and has co-edited four theme issues of scholarly journals on these and related topics. Currently, he is researching strategies to combat hyper-segregation, persistent and concentrated poverty, and gentrification-induced residential and economic dislocations in U.S. cities. And he currently works with gentrifying cities to develop roadmaps for inclusive and equitable economic development that creates shared prosperity. Fast Company profiled him in "Hopes and Dreams." He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his MS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his BS from North Carolina Central University.

Miranda Rodriguez
Miranda has her B.A. in Communication from NC State University and her M.S. in Sports Management from Drexel University. Prior to NACEP, Miranda spent time working for The Burlington School as their Director of Communications. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, coaching softball, and watching her nephews grow up. Fun fact, Miranda, and her twin sister Shaina were the first two recruits to sign a softball scholarship at NC State University and were inducted into the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame for their contributions and success in the game of softball.