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Alice Garland: Executive Director, North Carolina Education Lottery

Photo: Alice GarlandAlice Garland helped start the N.C. Education Lottery and has served as its top executive since January 2011. Garland joined the Education Lottery in December 2005 and served as its deputy executive director for legislative and corporate communications during the lottery’s first five years. She became interim executive director in August 2010 and was named to the top post five months later.

Garland is the second vice president of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, the professional association representing the lottery industry in the United States and Canada and chairs the association’s Responsible Gaming Committee. She also is secretary of the Multi-State Lottery Association, a nonprofit organization which operates the two major jackpot games, Powerball and Mega Millions, on behalf of its member lotteries, and serves on its Development Committee.

For more than 34 years, Garland has served in executive posts handling governmental affairs and communications, including positions as assistant secretary for communications and external affairs with the N.C. Department of Commerce; director of public affairs for ElectriCities of North Carolina; and Director of Policy for the State Employees Association of North Carolina.

Garland, a native of Greeneville, Tenn., has lived in Raleigh for more than 46 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in urban studies and a minor in economics and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a member of the Raleigh Kiwanis Club for 25 years and is a past president. She served for six years on the board of director of the Public School Forum. She is married and has three adult children.