Founder and Managing Director Racial Equity Institute (REI)
Deena Hayes-Greene is Managing Director of the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and brings over 15 years of experience as a community and institutional organizer. She is currently training with several anti-racist organizations, where she provides in-depth analysis of systemic and historically constructed racism and its impact on contemporary systems and institutions across the United States. Deena has worked extensively across the country, including in Alaska.
Her institutional work has been primarily in the areas of Social Services/Health and Human Services, Public and Private Education, Higher Education, Judicial/Disproportionate Minority Contact initiatives, Public Health and Nonprofits. She was initially elected to the Guilford County Board of Education in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 2014 and 2016. She currently chairs the Achievement Gap, School Safety, and the Historically Underutilized Business Advisory Committees for Guilford County Schools. She also serves on the Ole Asheboro Street Neighborhood Association, the Guilford County Gang Commission, and as board chair at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Deena is a former Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Greensboro and has received numerous awards and citations for outstanding leadership. She lives with her family in Greensboro, N.C.