Giovonni Desiree Wade

Director of Diversity Initiatives

(919) 843-7560


Giovonni joined the CDO as the Director of Diversity Initiatives in May 2019 and counsels students and alumni on all aspects of their job search and career development. While she enjoys working with individuals with various interests, her focus areas include opportunities in diversity, education law, small firm practice, and corporate legal departments. Before returning to Carolina Law, Giovonni practiced at an education law firm in downtown Raleigh and later served as Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She also chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Education Law Section, in addition to holding a seat on the executive board for a few years, and served on committees for the Wake County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She currently serves on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee.


  • J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • B.A., English, North Carolina State University