Becki Gray

Senior Vice President
Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other decision makers involved in the state public-policy process.

Gray taps her experience in the legal field, at the North Carolina General Assembly and as a lobbyist in the private sector as well as the full resources and staff of JLF to fulfill requests for information and analysis from policymakers.

She offers commentary on television and radio shows across North Carolina and is a regular panelist on NCSpin. Gray writes a monthly column for Carolina Journal and her op-eds have been published in newspapers across the state. She frequently speaks to civic and political groups about public policy and legislative issues.

She earned an Art degree at Queens College in Charlotte, a Paralegal Certificate from Meredith College and has completed graduate work at UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Greensboro.

Gray is a member of the first class of the John Locke Foundation’s E.A. Morris Fellows, a statewide leadership program. She serves on the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees.

Posts by Becki Gray (page 1)

  • Proud to be a American? I asked my family for help with an assignment and learned a few lessons myself.

    We got an assignment this week from JLF’s CEO to make some comments on social media about why we’re proud to be an American. It seemed like an easy task – talk about liberty, freedom, and opportunity in 140 characters.  Done. Next.   But I stopped to consider what I wanted…
    Becki Gray, July 2, 2020
  • Candidate Question: What is the status of Association Healthcare Plans?

    What is the status of association health plans in North Carolina? JLF’s Health Care Policy expert, Jordan Roberts has the answer: During the 2019 legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly passed an association health plan bill with bipartisan support. Governor Cooper did not sign or veto the bill, and…
    Becki Gray, June 10, 2020
  • Candidate Question: How is the NC Opportunity Scholarship awarded?

    Q: How is the NC Opportunity Scholarship awarded? If it is awarded in a need-basis, can you explain? Answer (courtesy Dr. Terry Stoops, JLF’s VP of research and director of studies) : Eligibility for an Opportunity Scholarship is determined using federal free and reduced-price lunch guidelines. If the household income…
    Becki Gray, May 27, 2020
  • Kicking off a new feature – Candidate Questions – First question: Is Medicaid expansion a good idea?

    Since 2008, the John Locke Foundation has provided candidates for the General Assembly and state-wide offices research, data and  information to address NC’s most pressing public policy challenges.  Our 2020 Policy Solutions Guide is a much valued and trusted resource. We’ve also held policy briefings, numerous individual and small group…
    Becki Gray, May 18, 2020
  • Update on Criminal Law Reform efforts*

    *Updated with Sen Wells’ comments to the GSC. With everyone’s attention on COVID-19 for the last several weeks, you may have missed an important meeting of the General Statutes Commission.  This is a group of dedicated legal and policy experts who research and correct NC Statutes.  Session Law 2019-198 directed them to make…
    Becki Gray, April 8, 2020
  • COVID-19 response and recovery calls for a balanced solution.

    As you would expect, John Locke Foundation’s policy recommendations in response to COVID-19 outbreak and in discussions on how best to recovery once the crisis is over, have focused largely on free market solutions. We believe that offering help to people who have lost jobs and businesses shut down…
    Becki Gray, April 6, 2020
  • Policy briefs and recommendations for policy makers and thought leaders as North Carolina responds to COVID-19

    As North Carolina faces the COVID-19 crisis with it’s impact on our economy, families, jobs and every aspect of our lives, the John Locke Foundation responds by looking at policy concerns, offering suggestions and solutions. All five of our COVID-19 policy documents have been released and are available on our…
    Becki Gray, March 19, 2020
  • Boar’s Head tradition of years ago a reminder of what’s important today.

    When I was student at Queens College (now Queens University of Charlotte) one of my favorite holiday traditions was the annual Boars Head Dinner that originated in 1933. Several weeks ahead of the event the president of the college sent a fancy invitation to the students.  On the prescribed evening,…
    Becki Gray, December 23, 2019