Bettina Umstead serves as the Board Chair for the Durham Public School Board of Education. As Board Chair, Ms. Umstead believes that every child is born with a purpose and immense potential, yet the impacts of systemic racism create significant barriers for children of color to thrive. Previously, Ms. Umstead worked for ten years at Student U, a community organization that uses the power of education to build a just and equitable Durham, guiding Black and Brown families on their journey to and through college. Under her leadership at Student U, 100% of students graduated from high school and 90% matriculated to post-secondary education. Ms. Umstead holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Grades Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.