Community Foundation names Board of Directors

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The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces that John Reid is the 2017 Chair of its Board of Directors. He has served on the board since 2015. In addition, four new members have been added to the board for five-year terms: Frank Bell, Barbara Bing Pliner, Bryan Rand and Dr. Gregory Vaughn.

“These additions to our Board of Directors bring even deeper bench strength in critical areas including investments, marketing and technology,” said Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation. “Under John Reid’s leadership, and with the expertise represented by the sum of our board members, we are well positioned to continue our mission of boosting our region through philanthropy.”

Reid’s career spans 45 years in service to corporations, governments, nonprofits and start-ups. Reid has served a variety of organizations including 27 years with The Coca-Cola Company as well as positions with the City of Atlanta, the Edison Project (now Edison Learning) and the state of New York. In addition to his service with the Community Foundation, Reid serves on the board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Bell is the founder of Intellinet, an Atlanta-based firm that for more than 20 years has provided consulting and software development technology services to many of the most familiar names in business. Bell is a former financial analyst and the founder of the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. Barbara Bing Pliner launched Brain-Width in 2016 after a 25-plus year career representing prestigious global publishing companies including Conde Nast and Time, Inc. and managing marketing and sales for a wide range of popular media properties. Her experience includes joining Garden & Gun magazine when it was a start-up and leading it to milestone sales and advertising levels.

Bryan Rand is a partner and leads transaction execution at Belstone Capital, where the firm benefits from his $14 billion of finance, structuring and negotiation experience across 28 completed transactions including mergers and acquisitions, equity financing, leveraged buy outs, joint ventures and debt financings. With a strong background in investment and finance, Rand also serves on the Community Foundation’s Investment Committee.

Dr. Gregory Vaughn joined the Global Life Sciences practice of Spencer Stuart, a preeminent executive search and leadership consulting firm, in 2017 after serving Bauerfeind USA as chief executive officer for three years. Prior to Bauerfeind, Vaughn held a variety of management positions in sales, marketing and business development with Medtronic, Inc., NDCHealth Corp. and McKinsey & Company.

These new Board members join those continuing their service to the Community Foundation:

The complete list of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and their full biographies can be found here.


About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With 65 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation nationally with approximately $900 million in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality services and innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $113 million from donors in 2015 and distributed more than $139 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2016 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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Louise Mulherin, public relations manager