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Atlanta’s Community Foundation adds seven board members

By Maria Saporta

New board members of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta met on Monday as the philanthropic organization is reinforcing its focus on creating a more equitable region.

The Community Foundation, which is on the heels of its 70th anniversary, is finalizing its five-year strategic plan — TogetherATL — added seven new board members, who will serve three-year terms.

With these appointments, the Community Foundation board is expanding to 22 members. The foundation said the board now represents “the region’s deep tapestry of talent, culture and leadership.”

The new members are:

“As we embark on our TogetherATL strategic plan we understood that this plan would require active participation from experienced leaders to help us achieve the impact our metro Atlanta region needs,” said Frank Fernandez, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We welcome these voices to the conversation, some of whom have been among our Foundation community for years and others who may be new on our radar but who are laser-focused on achieving our ambitious goal to make our region welcoming and prosperous for those who make their home here.”

Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission.

These appointments follow the announcement in December that Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission until the end of March when he will retire, has stepped into the role of vice-chair of the board in 2022, and that he will become chair of the board for a three-year term, from January 2023 to December 2025.

As vice-chair, Hooker will work closely with the current board chair, Susan Grant, to mobilize the Foundation’s 2022-2026 TogetherATL plan and support the operationalized annual priorities to achieve the desired impact over the next five years.

“In my role at ARC I have worked alongside the Community Foundation for more than 10 years to drive ambitious goals for our region,” Hooker said. “As I enter this next phase of my professional life, I’m eager to immerse myself in the Foundation’s work that combines both a high-level regional perspective as well as neighborhood-to-neighborhood focus to identify our greatest challenges and lift up those bright spots that are impacting change.”

TogetherATL, the Foundation’s touchstone for the next five years, is focused on place-based work that goes deep into communities working with, and for, residents to identify and drive positive change forward. The plan also focuses on systems change, examining broader issues like affordable housing, voting rights and equity in the arts that are each essential to building a thriving region.

For a full list of the board members and their complete biographies, click here.

Community Foundation Board of Directors, pictured on Feb. 7 virtual meeting:
Row 1 (starting in top row), L to R: Susan Grant, Elyse Hammett (staff), Jewel Burks Solomon, Jeffrey Hines, Ayana Gabriel (staff).
Row 2, L to R: Dekia Scott, Richard Courts, Frank Fernandez (staff), Bert Clark, Ron Alston.
Row 3, L to R: Doug Hooker, Jerry Wilkinson, Julia Houston, Julie Ann Crommett, Coleman Loper (staff).
Row 4, L to R: David Roemer, Ben White, Dantes Rameau, Debra Lam, Fran Gary.
Row 5, L to R: Studie Young, Jen Bennecke, Novella Noble (staff), Marc Pollack.

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Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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