Lorelei Costa has served the Executive Director of the Outer Banks Community Foundation since 2012. Lorelei is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and earned her certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. With 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Lorelei has worked on diverse projects across North Carolina and Alaska, including past roles with the NC Coastal Land Trust, the Triangle Land Conservancy, and Audubon Alaska. As a volunteer, she’s worked for a host of non-profits, including performing arts groups, historic preservation, public radio, women’s health, and a homeless day shelter. She recently spent 7 years in Alaska, where she summitted Denali (aka Mt. McKinley, the highest peak of North America) and crossed the 1,000-mile Alaskan Arctic on foot. Lorelei is a board member of the NC Network of Grantmakers and recently served on the Community Leadership Council of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. She and her son, Godfrey, live in Southern Shores, where they spend time with their dog, Teka, and volunteer with the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department.
Leslie Reed, CPA, serves as the Finance Manager of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, joining the organization in September 2014. Leslie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from East Carolina University in 1994 and has over 20 years of accounting experience. She has worked both in public accounting and in the private sector. Leslie is active in community service, having held board positions with Manteo Elementary School PTO, Manteo Middle School PTO, Mt. Olivet Pre-School, and Outer Banks Mommy & Me. After extensive travel throughout the United States and overseas, Leslie and her husband, Jonathan, chose to make Manteo their home in 2004. Leslie enjoys taking her four sons to the beach, boogie boarding, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, fishing and crabbing with her boys, and is trying to learn to surf.