Marci Reed leaves AIA – Georgia to return to executive job at Southface

By Maria Saporta

Marci B. Reed will be rejoining Southface beginning May 1 – as the environmental organization’s chief development and communications officer.

In her new capacity, she will oversee the fundraising and communications staff, manage strategic partnerships, direct key management initiatives and serve as a spokesperson for the organization.

Marci Reed

Marci Reed

From 2000 to 2006, Reed served as Southface’s first director of development and communications. Most recently Reed has been serving as executive director of the American Institute of Architects, Georgia Association.

“In addition to skills and experience in fundraising and communications, Marci brings to Southface a valuable professional network and a demonstrated knowledge of environmental and policy issues influencing the built environment,” said Dennis Creech, Southface’s co-founder and executive director.

Reed is a certified fundraising executive. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the Andrew Young School of Policy at Georgia State University.

She also is a graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL), a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and an urban fellow in the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth at the GSU College of Law.

She also serves on the boards of EarthShare National and IGEL and co-chairs the advisory council of EarthShare of Georgia.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Southface at this stage of my career,” Reed said. “I was proud to be a part of its 25th anniversary re-branding. Now, 10 years later, Southface is a more mature and complex organization. It is an honor to have been asked by Dennis and his team to help ensure Southface has essential resources and a strategic vision for years 36 and beyond.”

In her new role, Marci Reed will be joining her husband, Robert Reed, who is Southface’s communities design director. He leads the nonprofit’s urban sustainability practice, which partners with teams nationwide to implement programs that reduce our impact on natural and community systems.

About Southface

Southface is the Southeast’s nonprofit leader in the promotion of sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance.

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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