Archived Outdoors

Mayfield stepping down as MountainTrue director

Mayfield stepping down as MountainTrue director

Julie Mayfield is stepping down as co-director of MountainTrue after serving alongside co-director Bob Wagner since 2013. Prior to that, she had worked as executive director of the organization then known as the Western North Carolina Alliance since 2008. 

In an open letter, Mayfield said the decision was due to the demands of serving in the N.C. Senate following her election in 2020 but that she was proud of the strides MountainTrue had made during her years at the helm. In 2008, the WNC Alliance had five employees and a budget of $232,000. MountainTrue now has a team of 25 and a budget of $1.8 million. 

“I find the work of representing my constituents and, more broadly, the people of North Carolina to be deeply rewarding,” she wrote. “However, my growing responsibilities in Raleigh and within the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership don’t leave me with the time I need to maintain my day-to-day management responsibilities at MountainTrue.”

Mayfield is leaving her executive role but will continue to work with MountainTrue as a senior policy advisor. Wagner will assume the executive director role, and current staff members Gray Jernigan and Karim Olaechea will move into deputy director positions to support Wagner and lead the rest of the staff. The changes will take effect in January. 

Leave a comment

Smokey Mountain News Logo
SUPPORT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS AND
INDEPENDENT, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
Go to top
Payment Information

/

At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.