Black History Month Spotlight: Nick Wharton

Nick Wharton has led premiere access and equity change initiatives in juvenile justice, K-12 public/private educational systems, higher education, and in the corporate sector. A staunch public policy advocate and leader for educational opportunity and workforce development, Wharton’s led lobbying efforts on behalf of community colleges and workforce development in the New York State Legislator and to the US Congress in Washington DC. A mindful diversity thought leader, he has influenced global strategic partnerships with educators in Europe, South Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean and has led given critical conversations on diversity leadership, educational opportunity, workforce development, organizational trust, gender equity, cultural competency, and strategic community engagement.





Regina and Nick Wharton                                                                                                                                        Photo by KENTHEPHOTOGRAPHER


Mr. Wharton relocated from Ithaca, NY to the Charlotte area over a decade ago, so that his wife Regina could pursue her career aspirations. He became a top administrator at Charlotte Latin, Charlotte’s premier private school. Mr. Wharton then became COO of the Urban League of the Carolinas. Forever looking to meld his skills and vast knowledge base, and to satisfy his desire to serve, six months ago he took on the position of president and CEO of the Charlotte Area Fund. “The board is very pleased that Mr. Wharton will be leading CAF through the strategic planning process of revitalizing the agency services and beyond,” said Charlotte Area Fund Board Chair Reginald Johnson. “He has the passion and the unique organizational development expertise building human capital strategies across multiple educational, civic, community and corporate environments addressing multi-generational and economically under served populations to CAF into its next exciting chapter,” Johnson said. Mr. Wharton was recently honored during a Hornets vs. Warriors game.