Marquita Mbonu

Director, Healthy Communities


As Director, Healthy Communities, Marquita works across our focus areas with a special emphasis on deepening our work to elevate equity and engage community voice as a shared priority across the state.

Marquita joined the Blue Cross NC Foundation team in March 2021. Her professional career is rooted in creating and maintaining sustainable community relationships, and she has more than a decade of experience in grants management, government relations, community education, and outreach. Before joining the team, Marquita worked for the City of Raleigh, where she developed, implemented, and managed programs related to equity, inclusion, human relations, human services, and civil rights protections.

Marquita received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University.

What I love about my work:
I am a proud North Carolina native dedicated to advancing equity and building lasting community partnerships. Every day I get the opportunity to cultivate those relationships and champion and support strategies that transform communities to improve health outcomes across the state.

When not at my desk:
I love learning about the world through travel, volunteering with various community groups, outdoor activities, creating memories with family and friends, and trying new healthy recipes (I am always open to suggestions).

Favorite thing about North Carolina:
North Carolina has a rich history, a unique cultural mosaic, warm-hearted and welcoming people, and the best college basketball rivalries in the nation. We live in one of the most beautiful states, from the breathtaking mountains to the pristine beaches and all the natural beauty in-between.