The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is governed by our Board of Directors. These volunteers provide stewardship for the Foundation and our charitable activities by establishing policy, setting priorities and making final grant decisions. Each civic leader is appointed to five-year terms, and it is their expertise and guidance that continue to drive the success of The Community Foundation.
During the nomination process The Community Foundation determines the current needs and best set of assets that an individual could strategically bring to the Board or Committees of the Board given its responsibilities, purpose and function.
Kenneth L. Bernhardt, Board Chair
Dr. Bernhardt is Regents Professor, Taylor E. Little Jr. Professor of Marketing, and Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
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Becky Blalock, Southern Company (Retired)
Becky Blalock served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information officer of Southern Company for nine years. In this role she directed information technology strategy and operations across the 120,000 square miles and nine subsidiaries of Southern Company.
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Kenneth Britt, Alston + Bird LLP (Retired)
Ken Britt retired as the Executive Director of Alston & Bird LLP in August 2009 after serving as the Firm’s top administrator for 30 years. As the former Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer, Britt was responsible for the management of all administrative operations and served at the partnership level reporting to the Managing Partner and Executive Committee.
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Robert L. Brown, R. L. Brown & Associates
Mr. Robert L. Brown Jr. serves as the President, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of R. L. Brown & Associates, Inc. In 1984, he established R. L. Brown & Associates, Inc. to provide architectural and construction management on projects for corporate clients and private/government groups.
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Suzanne Boas, Consumer Credit Counseling Service (Retired)
Suzanne Boas is former president of Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of Greater Atlanta, a national nonprofit community-service agency that provides confidential budget counseling, money management education, debt management programs, bankruptcy counseling and education, and comprehensive housing counseling.
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Ann Cramer, Coxe Curry & Associates
Ann Cramer serves a Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates after retiring from a long and successful career at the IBM Corporation, beginning as a Systems Engineer and retiring as its Director for IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas.
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Brian C. Friedman, The Wellspring Group
Brian Friedman, a fund advisor at The Community Foundation, is a principal of The Wellspring Group with more than 20 years of experience providing comprehensive estate, charitable and business planning for affluent families.
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Deborah Hicks Ellis, Community Volunteer
Debbie Ellis’ deep interest in community development motivated her to join The Community Foundation’s Board in February 2009. Debbie also serves on the boards of the Center for Puppetry Arts and The Women Leadership Committee of The University of North Carolina.
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Carol Hatfield, Community Volunteer
Carol Hatfield is an advisor to the Eugene & Carol Hatfield Fund of the Clayton Fund, and lends her community expertise and passion to the Clayton Fund having served as an advisory board member since its beginning.
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Dr. Sivan Hines, Wellstar Pediatric and Adolescent Center of Cobb
Dr. Sivan Hines is deeply committed to improving the lives of children both through her medical practice and through her extensive community involvement. She and her husband serve as co-advisors to the Hines Family Fund of The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
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Lynn Huntley, Southern Education Fund (retired)
Lynn Huntley is a life-long advocate of social justice and equality for minorities, women and those in most need of fair policy and practice. From 2002 to 2010, she served as president of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) where we raised more than $44 million from diverse donors.
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Tad Hutcheson, Delta Air Lines
Tad Hutcheson is an airline marketing professional who serves as Vice President of Community and Public Affairs for Delta Air Lines. In this role, Hutcheson oversees Delta’s efforts to build the airline’s brand in the communities Delta serves.
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Bob Jimenez, Cox Enterprises, Inc.
Roberto I. Jimenez is vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at Cox Enterprises, Inc., a leading communications, media and automotive services company.
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Donata Russell Major, Concessions International, LLC
Donata Russell Major is vice chairman of Concessions International, LLC, a national food and beverage operator. She also serves as president of the Herman J. Russell Foundation, a family foundation that supports community initiatives and programs focusing on entrepreneurship, youth development and mentoring.
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Michael A. Nadal, Montag & Caldwell, Inc.
Michael A. Nadal is vice president and portfolio manager for Montag & Caldwell, an investment counsel firm founded in 1945 in Atlanta, where he has provided expert counsel to clients for more than 10 years. He has worked in the investment management field for more than 30 years.
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Chip Patterson, AmeriPark
Chip Patterson is founder and CEO of AmeriPark. He is very active and involved in the Atlanta nonprofit community and founder of Reinvention Wheels, a bicycle charity serving the disadvantaged in the US and internationally.
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Jagdish Sheth, Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Dr. Jagdish Sheth is the Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Professor Sheth has worked for numerous industries and companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, both as an advisor and as a seminar leader.
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The Honorable Ronit Walker, State of Georgia
Ronit Walker is an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Georgia.
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Benjamin White, Legal Counsel, Alston & Bird
Ben White is Chair of the firm's Exempt Organizations Group. He is also a co-leader of the Wealth Planning Group.
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