Our Team

Our small but mighty staff engage in the day-to-day work of the Compact. Our Executive Board provides oversight and strategic direction, while our Advisory Board offers guidance and insights from the field to improve events and programs.

Leslie Garvin, Executive Director

On January 1, 2015, Garvin assumed the role as the Compact’s third executive director, after serving five months in the interim position. She serves as the liaison to the Executive Board, develops and leads member institution recruitment and retention strategies, facilitates faculty engagement initiatives, builds strategic partnerships to develop and expand higher education civic engagement, and oversees day-to-day operations.  Garvin leads the Compact’s deliberative dialogue initiative and has trained hundreds of faculty, staff, students, and community partners across the state and country in this method.

Garvin joined the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, where she managed many of the network’s key programs. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged over one thousand college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acted as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year.  A member of the Mission Achieving Committee of national Campus Compact, she also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater High Point, where she chairs the Community Impact Committee. She is a member of the Service Year NC Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee on Civic Health for the Institute for Emerging Issues . Garvin was named a 2016 White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow to study afterschool/expanded learning policy and develop and implement state-level policy projects in partnership with the North Carolina Center for Afterschool Programs (NCCAP) and the national Afterschool Alliance.

Garvin holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science, both from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a proud AmeriCorps alum. 

Leslie can be reached at lgarvin {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7278. Follow her on Twitter at @garvin_leslie.

Irving Zavaleta-Jiménez, Assistant Director

Irving began working with NC Campus Compact in June 2019. As the Assistant Director, Irving administers our Election & Democracy work which includes the  Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP-NC) and Census 2020 outreach. He also coordinates professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students, oversees the awards programs, and manages the Compact’s communications.

Prior to joining NC Campus Compact, Irving served as the Coordinator for Social Justice Education at Wake Forest University’s Pro Humanitate Institute and as the Assistant Director at Guilford College in the Multicultural Education Department.

Among the acknowledgements Irving has received for outstanding work in the community is the 2017 Community Involvement Diamante Award, a statewide recognition of people and organizations who support the North Carolina Latinx population. He was also named a 2018 Community Game Changer by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Irving holds a Master’s in Business Administration from High Point University and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and French from Guilford College.

Irving can be reached at izavaletajimenez {at} elon(.)edu or at (336) 278- 7197.

Erin Odoyo, VISTA Program Coordinator

Erin joined the Campus Compact office in May 2019 to serve as the AmeriCorps VISTA Program Coordinator.  In this role, Erin is responsible for managing the North Carolina Afterschool Corps and North Carolina Hunger Corps of VISTA volunteers throughout the state.  Erin serves as a liaison with the Compact’s host sites and partner colleges and universities and with the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.  Additionally, she leads the recruitment efforts for new volunteers each year while also working to grow the network of host sites and partner institutions where the volunteers will serve.  Erin also facilitates training and professional development opportunities for the VISTA members during their service year.

Erin brings a social work background in volunteer management to her role.  Her graduate studies, research, and continued work focuses on understanding successful ways to manage volunteers, the impact of volunteers in community service settings, and how social work principles and values can be used to ensure host communities and organizations are well prepared to host volunteers both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining the Compact, Erin served in several public policy and management analyst positions with the Department of Defense in Washington, DC from 2004 to 2016.

Erin holds a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in social justice and social change from Catholic University in Washington, DC.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Erin can be reached at eodoyo {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7238.

René Summers, Program Assistant

René, who serves as connector to member campuses, facilitator of information, and conference planner, joined NC Campus Compact in March 2011. For sixteen years, René served in the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Elon University, providing administrative support for the University Chaplain, participating in the development of the Religious & Spiritual life program, and coordinating and implementing numerous campus-wide events and conferences.

René can be reached at summerre {at} elon(.)edu or (336) 278-7154.

2019-20 Engaged Faculty Scholars

Engaged Faculty Scholars serve for one year and each undertake a project designed to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their respective schools. They will also serve as consultants to other North Carolina colleges or and universities seeking to enhance community-engaged teaching.

Dr. Laura Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Education in the Higher Education program
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 

Dr.  Scott Hicks
Director of Teaching & Learning Center and Professor of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages
University of North Carolina at Pembroke