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Column: Alie Redd takes helm of Covenant House of Georgia

Alie Redd Aleizoria “Alie” Redd of Covenant House

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on March 23, 2018

Covenant House Georgia, a place of refuge, hope and healing for homeless and trafficked youth, has a new leader, Aleizoria “Alie” Redd.

Most recently, Redd worked at the nonprofit CHRIS 180 where she served as vice president of placement services and housing since August 2015. In that role, Redd had operational responsibility for a 125-person team overseeing the organization’s therapeutic group homes, street outreach, community housing, permanent supportive housing and transitional living programs and related support services.

Alie Redd

Aleizoria “Alie” Redd of Covenant House

Redd succeeds Allison Ashe, who has served as executive director of Covenant House Georgia since late 2009. Ashe will remain in Atlanta, but she will be taking a new role leading corporate partnerships for Covenant House International. “I’m really excited and really grateful Allison will continue to be around,” Redd said. “She’s been a dynamic leader and fundraiser.”

Redd moved to Atlanta in 1994 to attend graduate school at Clark-Atlanta University, where she earned a master’s degree in social work and a doctorate specializing in social work policy planning and social science. Before joining CHRIS 180, Redd worked for nearly nine years as vice president of programs, among other roles, for Lutheran Services of Georgia.

“All of the things I’m interested in and all of the things I’m passionate about have come full circle in one place,” Redd said about her new role at Covenant House. “I’ve always been interested in what happens to young people once they turn 18 and leave foster care. Covenant House has been involved with young people who have experience with trauma and homelessness. I really have an interest and passion in what Covenant House does.”

John Ridall, chair of Covenant House Georgia’s board, said Reed “captivated the search committee’s attention the very first time we met her.”

Girl Scouts to honor ‘Yum’ Arnold

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta awarded business leader Claire “Yum” Arnold with its “Changing the World Award” at its 6th Annual Second Century Circle breakfast on March 20.

Yum Arnold

Yum Arnold

Arnold is CEO and co-founder of Leapfrog Servicesand a former marketing executive who made the “leap” into entrepreneurship more than 30 years ago with a leveraged buy-out in the distribution sector. She later co-founded Leapfrog Services, one of Georgia’s premier managed service providers.

Arnold told the gathering of Girl Scouts that her father told her “girls can do anything” they set their minds to do, including non-traditional fields.

“Give technology a chance,” Arnold told the young girls at the breakfast.

Girl Scouts’ Second Century Circle breakfast brings together community-minded investors who make girls a philanthropic priority. “Six years ago, we held the inaugural breakfast,” said Anne Bowen-Long, the event’s co-chair who is an executive with United Parcel Service. “At that breakfast, we raised a little more than $300,000. This year we have raised over $1.1 million. It’s really amazing.”

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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