The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) is the largest southern state employees’ association. The SEANC uses tools like the Employees Political Action Committee (EMPAC) and membership dues to maintain and improve employee pay, healthcare, retirement security, and workplace rights. The current SEANC leader is Executive Director Dana Cope.
Dana Cope oversees the SEANC’s 40 staff members from the Raleigh office. This allows Dana Cope to oversee political lobbying efforts in the North Carolina General Assembly and serve as chief media spokesman for the 55,000 members of SEANC. While with SEANC, Dana Cope has been responsible for numerous victories, including:
- Sued the governor over $130 million in escrowed retirement funds, recovered the funds, and then facilitated the repayment of these funds
- Improved SEANC’s political lobbying efforts by building EMPAC from the 276th largest lobbying organization in North Carolina in 2002 to 11th largest in 2008
- Strengthened the SEANC by affiliating with the State Employees International Union (SEIU)
Dana Cope continues to prioritize the SEANC’s affiliation with the SEIU and even serves as the Vice-President of the SEIU. This allows Dana Cope to better coordinate efforts between the two organizations.
Dana Cope currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and their two sons.