Amber Smith, Executive Director
Amber has lived in North Carolina for the majority of her life and is currently a resident of Raleigh. Amber founded Activate Good in 2005 (then known as ME3) when she noticed that people seemed to want to get involved to help the community but were not sure how to get started, and that many causes could benefit from the help of more volunteers. Before Activate Good she volunteered with organizations such as Kiwanis, Hope for the Homeless, and Amnesty International. Recently, she completed a Masters in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at N.C. State University where she also advised undergraduates in the Nonprofit Studies Minor. Amber hopes all individuals will see the potential they have to make a difference, and act to fulfill that potential.
Activate Good Board of Directors
Nicholas Turza grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and received his commission from the United States Army the same day he graduated from Furman University in 2003. After serving near the DMZ in South Korea and seeing combat in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, the Army promoted Nicholas to Captain. He then attended the John F. Kennedy School of Special Warfare in Fort Bragg, NC and joined the Civil Affairs Branch of Special Operations; he joined the Activate Good board (then known as ME3) upon his Tar Heel State arrival as well. In 2009, Nicholas took a leave of absence from the board for counter-terrorism work in Southeast Asia and then departed for a year-long combat deployment to Kandahar City, Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. He returned all in one piece only to be at war with himself, at least during basketball season, since Nicholas is a dual-degree candidate at bitter rival universities, pursing a Masters of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University while simultaneously working toward his Juris Doctorate at UNC’s Carolina Law in Chapel Hill.