Founded in 1987, ATA-NC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of Turkish culture and sharing Turkish heritage within the Triangle community and throughout the state of North Carolina. ATA-NC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.  ATA-NC is dedicated to:

  1. promoting a closer understanding of and further cultural relations among the peoples of Turkey and the state of North Carolina,

  2. disseminating information concerning life and work in the state of North Carolina and Turkey,

  3. furthering the interests of the Turkish American community in the state of North Carolina,

  4. cooperating with institutions, organizations or individuals engaged in similar activities in North Carolina and Turkey.

Non-discrimination policy: During any provision of services, ATA-NC does not discriminate based on any of the following: race, color, religious affiliation, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, national origin, language, educational background, and/or veteran status.

ATA-NC complies with the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) Checking Policy on all fund recipients.

We have members from all over North Carolina and serve our community with various activities.  Some of them are: Turkish School for our children, Raleigh International Festival, and various other activities.  

Members of the 2020 ATA-NC Board of Directors and Executive Committee pictured at the entrance of the Turkish House in Cary.

Executive Committee

(Elected Jan. 2021)

President: Özgür Özkurt

Vice President: Zahit Şahin

Treasurer: Metin Aydemir

Secretary: Rabia Rana

5th Executive Member: Nuray Eksen

Board of Directors

(Elected Jan. 2021)

Can Güralp (2021-22)

Semra Tarıq (2021-22)

Sadık Okar (2021-22)

Orçun Dirilgen (2021-22)

Zeki Keleş (2021-22)

Okan Pala (2021-22)

Altuğ Şipal (2021-22)

Honorary Member - Gwen Sancar