Tiffany Gladney is a communications and advocacy professional with nearly 10 years of experience. Dedicated to leaving North Carolina a little better than she found it, Gladney has effectively advocated for several pieces of legislation which have led to improved birth outcomes, enhanced newborn screening and funding for tobacco cessation and preconception health initiatives.
Prior to joining the NC Rural Center, Gladney served as the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs for March of Dimes-North and South Carolina. During her five years with the foundation, she worked to streamline branding, increase mission awareness, recruit volunteers and grow the organization’s annual advocacy event, Lobby Day.
A Winston-Salem native, Gladney graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Media in 2009. Her career kicked off as the Communication Specialist at Saint Augustine’s University. Furthermore, in 2015 actor, comedian and writer, Jerrod Carmichael hired Gladney as the social media consultant on his acclaimed nationally televised show, The Carmichael Show. During her tenure, she successfully rebranded the show’s collateral and worked closely with NBC executives to ensure all social media content accurately and consistently reflected Carmichael’s intentions and voice.
Gladney’s proudest professional accomplishment is the passage of SB 98, legislation aimed at screening newborns for critical congenital heart defects. At the age of 12, she lost her older brother to an undetected congenital heart defect. Although the loss was unexpected and traumatic, Gladney uses it as motivation; “My career is undoubtedly a vehicle to keeping my brother’s legacy alive and gives the void his death created a strange but meaningful purpose,” she stated. “Working on important, lifesaving policies not only fulfill me professionally but heal me personally. I just hope he’s smiling down and helping me on this crazy journey called adulthood,” she went on to say.
In her free time, Gladney enjoys reading, interior design DIY projects and trying out new recipes.