Cochran brings more than 20 years of experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors to the department's leadership team.
Cochran comes to Cultural Resources from BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), where she worked as brand and corporate strategist and helped launch a new company, Topaz Shared Services, to help BCBSNC's plans compete in the post-Health Care Reform Act market.
She has also worked as an equity analyst and portfolio manager at PNC Bank and as a management consultant with Deloitte.
"I'm thrilled to join the excellent team at Cultural Resources," Cochran said. "I have a deep passion for building the North Carolina brand, and I look forward to leveraging our state's cultural resources for the benefit of economic development and educational improvements."
At Cultural Resources Cochran will lead the department's day-to-day operations while directly overseeing the department's administrative units and activities in the areas of arts and library services.
Cochran came to North Carolina in 1997 to attend graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill. She holds a B.A. from Hamilton College in New York and an M.B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has also served as an adjunct professor in the undergraduate consulting program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC since 2011.
About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources:
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina's creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state's economy. To learn more, visit www.ncdcr.gov.