Progress North Carolina Action (Progress NC Action) is a left-of-center policy advocacy, lobbying, and activism organization that aims to push public policy in North Carolina to the left. It is the lobbying and electoral branch of Progress North Carolina (Progress NC) and organizes petitions, lobbies, and submits press releases in support of left-progressive advocacy in the state.
Dean Debnam, the chairman of the board, is founder and CEO of Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning polling firm criticized for its questionable methodology, alleged suppression of undesirable results, and manipulation of the polling process. 
Board member Jessica Laurenz is the North Carolina director of America Votes, the left-leaning lobbying and advocacy coalition. In 2013 a political strategy memo was leaked to the Charlotte Observer outlining a plan of attack against conservative leadership in North Carolina, highlighting Governor Pat McCrory (R-NC) and then-State House Speaker (and later U.S. Senator) Thom Tillis (R-NC). The memo called for a plan to “eviscerate the leadership and weaken their plan to govern” including:
- “staff of video trackers to follow their every move”
- “private investigators and investigative reporting, especially in the executive branch”
- “pressur[ing] McCrory at every public event”
- “fill[ing] mock committee rooms with people and crowd build at earned media events.”
The accompanying email stated the memo Is confidential to Blueprint, which originally took responsibility for the memo.  Republicans called for an investigation into whether the contents showed a violation of disclosure of campaigning activity. At this point, Laurenz took responsibility for the drafting of the document to avoid further controversy.  
Gerrick Brenner was the executive director of PNC from June 2011 to February 2020. 
Eleanore Wood is the digital director of PNC and the founder of activism coalition RISE Together NC. Prior to her work at PNC she co-founded an internet provider in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
Alanna Joyner provides digital content for PNC’s website. She is a graduate from East Carolina University with degrees in Communications and International Studies. 
Activism and Advocacy
Following his sale of stock valued at $1.5 million following the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19, PNCAction launched a petition to force the resignation of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The petition garnered over 1,900 signatures, falling short of its goal of 3,000.  Nevertheless, Burr resigned under public pressure in May 2020. 
Progress NC Action was a supporter, along with Planned Parenthood and the North Carolina Association of Educators (the state’s National Education Association-affiliated teachers’ union), of “Pledge to Sustain.” This initiative was sparked by Governor Roy Cooper’s (D-NC) June 2019 decision to veto the two-year budget proposal on the grounds that it lacked Medicaid expansion and that the 3.9 percent teacher pay raise was insufficient. Pledge to Sustain was launched to oppose an override of this veto, and it succeeded in January 2020 with an unintended side effect. Because the legislators and the governor could not agree on a new budget, funding remained essentially static to the previous budget, with no pay raise for teachers or expansion of Medicaid. 
In a June 2018 press release, Progres NC Action spoke out against a proposal to lower the income tax cap in North Carolina from 10 percent to 7 percent on the grounds that in the future it could hurt the education system’s funding.