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Damon James Circosta

Adjunct Instructor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy


Damon is  the Executive Director of AJ Fletcher Foundation, a North Carolina based grant-making organization. where he has spearheaded several initiatives that help non-profits thrive. Damon comes to work every day heartened by all of the good things happening in the non-profit sector and AJF’s unique role as funders, partners, counselors and helpers in these endeavors. 

His favorite quote, originally attributed to an 18th Century French Philosopher, but made known to Damon in a book about surfing sums up how he feels about his job: 

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” 

A native of Arizona, Damon has lived in California, Hawaii and (for a few weeks each year) on the shores of Walloon Lake, Michigan. Previously, Damon led the North Carolina Center for Voter Education, an organization dedicated to improving the electoral process. He also served as the non-partisan member of the North Carolina Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law. If you ask him, he will tell you way too much about his paleo diet and “fringe” sports pursuits like surfing, ultimate frisbee, climbing and pickleball. He vehemently opposes Daylight Savings Time. 

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Instructor in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2018 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Arizona · 2003 J.D.
Northern Arizona University · 1999 B.S.