Braxton Simpson (she/her)

Braxton Simpson, the NC State Director of Rise, is a proud native of the city of Atlanta, Georgia. She stands as an accomplished 2021 alumnus of the prestigious Tennessee State University, where her academic prowess culminated in the attainment of a Bachelor of Science degree, dual-majoring in Agricultural Sciences and Political Science.

After graduating, Braxton moved to Raleigh, NC to start her professional journey and continue her education as an MBA candidate at North Carolina Central University.

Braxton’s professional journey is a testament to her unwavering commitment to advocacy and transformative change. As a former Rise HBCU Fellow, she championed the cause of college affordability and fervently advocated for the forgiveness of student loans, particularly benefiting the HBCU student community. In this role, she also undertook the noble task of mobilizing and empowering the youth for public health campaigns, focusing on vaccine accessibility. Her dedication extended to imparting valuable lessons on civic engagement to collegiate students.

In addition to her remarkable achievements in the field of education and advocacy, Braxton is deeply passionate about the intersection of agriculture and policy, where her insights have played a pivotal role in advocating for universal food access.

This commitment to holistic change was further exemplified in her role as the 2020 National Chair of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s HBCU GOTV Initiative, where she spearheaded national efforts to galvanize HBCU students for active participation in the democratic process.

Beyond her academic and civic pursuits, Braxton’s entrepreneurial spirit shines through as the founder of Braxton Simpson Enterprises, LLC, a forward-thinking venture that guides individuals on a transformative journey, igniting their passions and directing them toward a purposeful life through career development, social media management, and brand enhancement. She is also the co-founder of HBCULinx, a visionary enterprise dedicated to fostering a profound sense of community among young HBCU alumni.