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Jurisdiction: Foothills Regional COG

University: UNC-Chapel Hill

Hometown: Concord, NC

Izzy Norman is the LFNC Fellow for the Foothills Regional Commission. Izzy graduated with highest honors from UNC-Chapel Hill in the spring of 2022. While studying at UNC, Izzy was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. She also spent a semester abroad studying food, sustainability, and the environment at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. During the summer of 2021, she gained valuable experience as an intern at the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship at the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.

On her future and purpose: I believe that taking a hands-on, localized approach is essential to creating real change in society. With this philosophy serving as the driving force behind my career aspirations, LFNC provides an amazing opportunity that aligns greatly with my passions. While working with the Foothills Regional Commission, I hope to improve societal issues through the development of equitable transportation systems that prioritize greater connectivity and affordability. I believe this year of service will provide me with invaluable work experience that prepares me to earn a Masters of City and Regional Planning degree later on.


Blog Posts

Life in a COG

by Izzy Norman

Caption: The Foothills Regional Commission is Region C. Before Lead for North Carolina, my understanding of local government was limited to municipalities and counties. To my surprise, there are distinct regional entities that exist between state and local government known as councils of governments, or COGs. North Carolina is comprised …