ESR announces new leadership

ESR announces new leadership
May 01
10:36 2024

Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR) Board of Directors has named the new executive director. ESR, a local nonprofit and leading player in “empowering social and economic self-reliance for the working low-income and homeless,” has appointed Fred Bazemore as the executive director of the agency. 

Chartered in 1964 and celebrating 60 years of serving the community, the agency has been fulfilling its mission of helping families help themselves through the assistance of Mr. Bazemore, who has been in leadership at ESR for over 20 years. 

Bazemore is a native of Tarboro, North Carolina, and a graduate of Winston-Salem State University. Prior to joining ESR, he was a former senior regional portfolio property manager, senior low-income housing tax credit director and housing finance director.

As the new executive director, Bazemore extends his commitment to nonprofit work beyond his employment through his community activism, serving on many boards and committees that focus on issues around employment, housing, transportation, financial literacy, economic development, and education for the low-income residents of Forsyth County and North Carolina. Bazemore is a former member of the Piedmont Triad Workforce Development Board and currently serves on the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) Board of Directors, the “CARES” Project Board of Directors, and serves as the Western District Chairman for the NCCAA.

When not advocating for the low-income in the community, you can find Bazemore, the “Avid Golfer,” as many know him, on the golf course, participating as an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of St. Peter’s World Outreach Center.

For more information on ESR, visit or call 336-722-9400. 

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