A native of Columbia, South Carolina affectionately known as the Metro, Audrey KS Lane is a founding partner and Executive Director of E3 Foundation(Educate, Empower, and Elevate).
E3’s mission is to ensure those most impacted by inequities are educated, empowered, and elevated to exercise their collective agency in the South. Further, E3 envisions a community that embodies a healthy environment for racial and economic justice for Black and Brown people and embraces the brilliance of our people to solve their problems and co-create their future.
Prior to launching E3, Audrey served as the Chief of Access & Equity for the SC Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). In this role, she was focused on ensuring academic success for ALL children of the Charter School District by removing unintentional or intentional barriers that prevent every child from receiving an equitable, fair public-school education. Before joining the SCPCSD, Audrey was the Deputy for Human Capital Development for the Charleston County School District (CCSD). She worked to link the performance of the organization and its dedicated workforce to the student outcomes of Charleston County’s more than 46,000 students. During her career at CCSD, Audrey’s portfolio included the Offices of School Choice,
Teacher Quality & Recruitment, Employee Relations, Grants/Development, and Strategy/Communications; additionally, Audrey was instrumental in laying the foundation of the district’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Her father’s commitment to educating ALL children regardless of race or zip code lives within her every day and is what ultimately led her back to SC as CCSD’s first Broad Resident for Urban Education. She also began her non-profit leadership experience serving as the Executive Director of the Royal Foundation, the 501(c)3 affiliate of the Royal Missionary Baptist Church of North Charleston.
Before relocating to Charleston, Audrey was a Business Development & Commercial Coordinator within the U.S. Pipelines and Logistics Organization of BP North America, a Product Development Leader with International Paper, and launched her career as a Mechanical Engineer with Xerox in a technical leadership program for women of color.
Audrey has extensive expertise in the areas of non-profit leadership, strategy, leadership development, talent pipeline development, and project management with a focus on understanding and implementing solutions that lead with equity, diversity, and inclusion. She was recognized by the Greater Charleston YWCA as the 2022 Education Leader for What Women Bring and was highlighted by Teach for America SC during their 10th Year Anniversary as an Impact Leader. A proud Mechanical Engineering graduate of Florida A&M University, Audrey also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
Although she is extremely dedicated and focused on the work that she’s been blessed to do-her greatest joy comes from being a wife, partner, and friend to Martin and the mother of Moses and Micah.