Keith Sutton currently serves as an education innovation consultant with FocusED, LLC, a firm he started in 2017 designed to support organizations in improving and transforming education. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, he was the Excellence Director for BEST NC, an education think tank committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy. Keith has nearly 20 years of experience in relationship management, diversity and inclusion, public affairs, and government and community relations. His career includes serving as a nonprofit executive for the North Carolina NAACP and the Triangle Urban League, political strategist for former Congresswoman Eva Clayton and former Governor Beverly Perdue, and various management positions at both the state and federal government levels. Keith is also a public official, where he currently serves as a member of the Wake County Board of Education. He has been a member of the board since 2009 and served as its chair in 2013.
Keith is a 1992 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations. He earned his master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. He is also a William C. Friday Human Relations Fellow.
He has served on a number of local boards and commissions. Some of those include the Healthy Schools Task Force, the Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps Task Force, the Board of Directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Southeast Raleigh Assembly, and the Blue Ribbon Committee on the Future of Wake County. He is a member of Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, the Triangle East Chapter of 100 Black Men, Unity Lodge #64 of Prince Hall Masons, and the Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
He is a native of Rocky Mount, North Carolina and he is the proud father of two beautiful girls, Alexia and Makayla.