Alfreda Barringer has over 30 years of experience in organizational development, nonprofit financial management, planning, and leadership training. Alfreda is Senior Consultant with Grassroots Leadership in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was formerly Director of Operations. She is also a faculty member of Francis Marion University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Her mission is to promote life-long learning, encourage inquiry into the cultural and operational dimensions of organizations, and to strengthen nonprofit leaders. She is a Kellogg National Fellow and was a founding board member of Hidden Valley Community Development Corporation. She also served as an appointee to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Development Corporation.
Alfreda served as a consultant for Southeastern Organizational Development Initiative (SODI), working with a leadership team to help transform thinking about the “what” and “how” of organizational development and to strengthen the OD infrastructure in the southeastern United States. The disability rights organization Advocating Change Together (ACT) features her in a nationally distributed leadership video series called “Tools for Change.” Alfreda Barringer was featured in the February 2002 issue of Today’s Charlotte Woman magazine and the Charlotte Observer named her as one of its Heroes of Democracy.
She is a writer, motivational speaker, trainer, facilitator, educator, community organizer, poet, singer, and songwriter. She retired after 19 years of voluntary service as chairperson of the North Charlotte (Charlotte District) Performing Arts Department of her national church congregation. Alfreda is a graduate of UNC Charlotte and of the Gallup Leadership Institute. She is a CPA. In addition, she holds a certificate in Community Economic Development from St. Augustine College and the NC association of Community Development Corporations.