The Center for Community Capital works with many partners from different disciplines and departments within UNC, as well as many professionals from outside of the University. Our team of staff, faculty fellows, and students work in collaboration with the following individuals and organizations to deliver world-class research.

SONIA GARRISON  |  Financial Capability Consultant

Sonia Garrison is a financial capability consultant with over 20 years’ experience in community development and consumer finance. She has extensive research, policy analysis, and project management experience in the areas of financial capability, financial coaching, affordable housing, mortgage finance, and consumer banking. Sonia has recently worked with a number of nonprofit organizations and government agencies in addition to the Center for Community Capital, including the Urban Institute and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Abt. Associates and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and Self-Help Credit Union.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Sonia worked as a project manager at Self-Help, a community development financial institution and as a senior researcher at the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, North Carolina. At the Center, Sonia has contributed to projects such as All In: Building the Path to Global Prosperity through Financial Capability and Inclusion and other projects about financial technology and inclusion. She is currently contributing to a project surveying financial coaching platforms and another about the integration of financial capability work into housing organizations.

KATE MEDLEY  |  Documentarian

Kate Medley is a documentarian telling stories about good causes, companies, and campaigns. Following a ten-year career in corporate marketing at Whole Foods Market, during which time she spearheaded a journalistic approach to the company’s marketing of farmers and producers, Medley now leads a media agency in Durham, North Carolina. She is a longtime filmmaker for the Southern Foodways Alliance and a regular contributor to The New York Times. At the Center, Kate is currently working with our team on the Housing and Opportunities Assessment.


DR. REBECCA TIPPETT  |  Demographer

Dr. Rebecca Tippett is the founding Director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill which started in 2013. With more than a decade of experience analyzing demographic and economic data, she has spent the last 7 years translating research into specific, usable information and knowledge to inform decision-making, evaluation, and policy. At Carolina Demography, she helps North Carolina government and business leaders understand and anticipate how population change affects them and their organizations. A transplant to North Carolina from the Midwest, she earned her BA in Sociology and Political Science from The Ohio State University and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Duke University. At the Center for Community Capital, Dr. Tippett has been involved with the Housing & Opportunity Assessment and the Latino Housing Study.

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