Kathy Palumbo, Director of Community Partnerships
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KATHY PALUMBO is the Director of Community Partnerships for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In this position, Kathy is responsible for the management and oversight of the Foundation’s Common Good Funds, scholarships and other grantmaking programs. She also works closely with the Philanthropic Services and Finance departments to develop strategies for achieving community impact through donor engagement and support, and she also manages community leadership activities. She is a member of United Way’s Great Ideas Advisory Committee, a board member of The Georgia Forum, the Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the Advisory Board for the School of Social Work at Georgia State University and the Editorial Board of The Foundation Review.
Palumbo came to the Foundation in 2006 with a wealth of experience in community-building, leadership, legislative advocacy, management and public policy, most recently from an18-year tenure at the Atlanta Community Food Bank where she served as Community Services Director. At the Food Bank Kathy provided leadership, training and technical assistance to an anti-hunger network of 800 nonprofit social service and faith-based organizations in northern Georgia. She was instrumental in the founding of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Valdosta Food Bank. In addition, she provided leadership to a variety of statewide anti-hunger/anti-poverty legislative issues. Prior to joining the Food Bank, she held several positions in the nonprofit and academic arenas including past appointments as an adjunct instructor of sociology at Agnes Scott College, a social worker at North Fulton Child Development Center and community organizer for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (OH).
Kathy holds a Ph.D. from Emory University and a Masters of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio.