The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Montravias King as its new Managing Director for Regional Organizing. In this role, he oversees PSE’s capacity to advance its organizing and advocacy goals.
PSE’s Organizing Unit is the primary platform for building the civic infrastructure for advancing racial equity. This unit is composed of issue area organizers and youth leaders committed to advancing PSE’s mission. The Organizing Unit serves as a critical anchor within the organization to deepen racial equity work and build movements that liberate communities from oppressive systems.
King comes to PSE with more than a decade of experience in advocacy, policy implementation, and stakeholder engagement. He previously served as Director of Clean Energy Campaigns at the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (N.C.L.C.V.), where he grew its advocacy portfolio to focus strategically on an equitable energy transition, ensuring communities of color hardest hit by the climate crisis benefit from the historic surge of federal climate investments. King’s work engaging communities of color on environmental justice initiatives and climate investments led him to the White House last year for a Communities in Action summit to meet with senior members of the Biden-Harris administration to discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Inflation Reduction Act.
Before working in environmental advocacy, King held several state and local government roles. His career began at age 22 when he was elected to the city council in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and became one of the youngest elected officials in the United States. He has appeared numerous times on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, BET, Huffington Post Live, and countless other media platforms. King has also served as a public school teacher, Legislative Aide in the North Carolina State Legislature, and Special Projects Coordinator for the city of Cary, North Carolina.
King holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Elizabeth City State University and a master’s degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University.
“Growing up in rural eastern North Carolina, I experienced firsthand the economic, health, and environmental inequities that communities of color have grappled with for generations,” King said. “These experiences molded me into the person I am today and motivated me to get active in my community at a young age to work collaboratively in solving issues of inequities at the local level. I am thrilled to bring these experiences to my new role with PSE.”
“The urgency of our racial equity work requires that we have a strong base of community organizers,” said PSE’s founder and Chief Equity Officer, Nathaniel Smith. “At such a critical time in our country’s history, we are proud to have Montravias on our team. He is committed to ensuring that through community organizing, PSE will continue to impact the people we serve so prosperity can be created and shared by all.”
About The Partnership for Southern Equity: Based in Atlanta, PSE is a nonprofit organization that advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. Through forums, research, and organizing efforts, PSE brings together the regional community to lift up and encourage just, sustainable, and civic practices for balanced growth and opportunity. www.psequity.org