Kathy Palumbo, Director of Programs
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KATHY PALUMBO is the Director of Programs for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. In this position, Kathy is responsible for the management and oversight of the Foundation’s Common Good Fund, AIDS Fund, Civic Engagement Fund, Strategic Restructuring Fund, Managing for Excellence Award, scholarships and other grant-making programs. She 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 Health Leaders Advisory Council, the policy committee for the Georgia Grant-makers Alliance, a board member of Funders Concerned About AIDS, the Advisory Board for the School of Social Work at Georgia State University and the Editorial Board of The Foundation Review. She is a member of the city of Atlanta’s Continuum of Care board and the Welcoming Atlanta Task Force.
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. In addition, she provided leadership to a variety of statewide anti-hunger/anti-poverty legislative issues, including the passage and implementation of the State Nutrition Assistance program and the passage of a school breakfast mandate. 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.