MEDIA RELEASE: NC Justice Center welcomes Bill Wilson as new Deputy Director

RALEIGH (Jan. 17, 2012) – The NC Justice Center is pleased to welcome Bill Wilson as the center’s new Deputy Director. Wilson has spent over two decades working with state and national advocacy organizations, addressing issues ranging from public education and consumer protection to health care and employee rights.

Wilson comes to the Justice Center from AARP North Carolina, where he has served as associate state director since 2005. As an advocate on issues significant to older adults, Wilson’s accomplishments at the AARP include passing legislation and rules to create North Carolina’s first consumer rating system for adult care homes. Prior to his work at AARP, Wilson worked as the Director of Politics and Government Relations at the NC Academy of Trial Lawyers, where he lead political and legislative work for the Academy, and spent more than 10 years with the NC Association of Educators leading the NCAE’s legislative, political, and fundraising efforts. Wilson has also worked as a researcher in the Research Triangle Park, and has worked with IT firms developing and implementing computer systems for a variety of business and non-profit clients.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill Wilson, who has long been an essential ally to the Justice Center on a wide variety of issues,” said Melinda Lawrence, Executive Director of the NC Justice Center. “Bill arrives at the Justice Center armed with a deep knowledge of the state’s policy environment as well as tremendous skills and experience in community engagement. Bill’s expertise as an advocate and manager for non-profits in North Carolina, combined with his life-long commitment to social justice, will be tremendous assets to the NC Justice Center.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Wilson, Deputy Director, NC Justice Center,; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, NC Justice Center,, (919) 863-2402 (office) (503) 551.3615 (mobile).