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.
Nandy Stuart is our newest team member as she joined the Outer Banks Community Foundation in August of 2019, serving as the Scholarship and Office Administrator. She hails to the Outer Banks from Gainesville, Florida, where she had two very successful careers, the most recent working in the nonprofit sector as the Director of Outreach Programs for a local intimate partner violence agency. Her almost 9 years of experience in the nonprofit world focused mostly in creating and maintaining collaborative community relationships to better serve the public of North Central Florida. Nandy earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Florida and relocated to the Outer Banks to be closer to family. She has travelled extensively in South America and loves to experience new places and cultures. Nandy considers herself an animal advocate and has served on a shelter’s board of directors and volunteered at several rescues. She and her rescue dog, Mika, love the outdoors and will surely be spending a lot of time on the beach and walking the trails of the Nags Head Woods Preserve.
Leslie Reed, CPA, has served as the Finance Manager of the Outer Banks Community Foundation since September, 2014. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from East Carolina University and has over 25 years of accounting experience. She has worked both in public accounting and in the private sector. Leslie is active in community service, having helped establish several nonprofit organizations, as well as served on the boards of a number of local organizations. 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.