Tracey Burns

Deputy Secretary, DEAI

Tracey Burns currently serves as the Deputy Secretary for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion. She is a native of Queens, New York, with family roots in Washington County, North Carolina, Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina.

Prior to joining the Department, Tracey served as the Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Coordinator in the Facilities Management Department at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She was responsible for helping to provide opportunities for HUB Firms with formal and informal construction projects at the university, she also served as the liaison for HUB Contractors with university project managers, Capital Budget Coordinator, Capital
Projects Coordinator and the Historic Preservationist for the campus. While at NCCU, she held the roles of Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Development Director for the Department of Nursing and Project Manager for the Historic Renovation of the Founder’s home.

Tracey is not new to NCDNCR, her tenure with the department spanned a little over eleven years, from September 1994 to November 2005. Before joining NCCU, she served as the Director of Cultural History for Historic Sites, Site Manager at Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, Administrative Services Manager at the North Carolina Transportation Museum and Assistant Manager at Somerset Place.

Tracey received Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Public Administration and History, and a Master of Arts Degree in American History from NCCU. Her Master’s Thesis chronicled the life of one of Washington County’s prominent leaders, E.V. Wilkins, and is entitled: Elmer Vanray Wilkins: “The Godfather of Black Politics in North Carolina.” She co-authored one book, entitled Sedalia and The Palmer Memorial Institute (2004).