LaTanya Pattillo currently serves as Director of Policy and Advocacy at NWEA. From 2017-2021, she served as Teacher Advisor to Governor Roy Cooper, engaging with educators and other stakeholders to share the Governor’s educational priorities and to inform educational policy across the state. LaTanya is a 2020-2021 William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations, a 2013-2014 Kenan Fellow with NC State University, has been recognized as the 2015-2016 Columbus County Schools Teacher of the Year and as a finalist for the Sandhills Region Teacher of the Year. She has served in various roles in K-12 education as a former Business Education teacher, a media assistant, and as a parent volunteer. Prior to her career in K-12 education, LaTanya served as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at American University in Washington, DC, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Education from the Kogod School. She is the wife of Duane, the mother of 5 children, and lives in Hoke county.