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Tony Solari

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Tony Solari is NCSEA’s Director of Government Affairs. In this role, Tony has a primary focus on state legislative and executive branch activities and is responsible for overseeing the operations of NCSEA’s government affairs team, collaborating on evidence-based strategic planning and policy implementation, responding to legislative, executive and regulatory activity, and coordinating advocacy efforts with NCSEA’s members and allied stakeholders.


Prior to coming to NCSEA Tony served for 8 years as the Director of Government Relations for State Treasurer Janet Cowell. While there he helped negotiate an increase in the State’s Energy Performance Improvement Cap.  Prior to working at the Treasurer’s office, Tony was the lobbyist for North Carolina’s “Smart Start” early childhood program where he co-authored an Economic Impact Analysis of the child care industry in North Carolina.

Tony received his Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Rutgers University and his Masters and Ph.D. in political science from Duke University with focuses in American Legislative Process and Policy, American Political Thought, American Government and Politicsand Political Economy.  Tony also serves as a Visiting Teaching Professor at N.C. State University.