Cosette Serabjit-Singh, a biomedical research scientist and former pharmaceutical company executive, is a 40 year veteran of the Research Triangle Park, NC whose growth and complexity was in concert with the development of her career and thriving family.  While committed to her adopted state of North Carolina, her professional experience (academia, federal research scientist and a leader in the private sector) has enhanced her international perspective rooted in her primary and secondary education overseas.  She was born in Chicago, Illinois and has lived in Florida, India, Jamaica and New York. She completed her graduate degree in North Carolina and has travelled extensively for business and recreation. She has a strong interest in progressive, globally significant and sustainable development that will position North Carolina well for the benefit of all our children and grandchildren.