Community Foundation adds new members to Board of Directors

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ATLANTA – March 13, 2019 – The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces three new members added to its Board of Directors: Bert Clark, Doug Hooker and Howard Palefsky. Each will serve a five-year term.

“Bert, Doug and Howard each bring long histories of service to the Atlanta region, and even more diversity to our already diverse Board,” said John Reid, board chair, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “They add expertise in how our civic and government structure operates, the ins and outs of finance and wealth management as well as perspectives about innovation and entrepreneurship. All of this is expertise that can help elevate the work we’re doing to ensure that the Atlanta region continues to thrive.”

Bert Clark is an estate and business planning advisor with Northwestern Mutual’s Estate Strategies Group, LLC. He advises families, businesses and individuals in business, estate, financial and philanthropic matters. He provides integrated planning solutions for high net worth clients and closely held businesses, and assists business owners and managers in the implementation of their corporate benefit plans. His background also includes more than a decade as a practicing attorney in the areas of tax and corporate law. He is currently the president of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, and serves on the boards of The Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, The High Museum of Art and Berry College. He has played an integral role in planned giving and capital campaigns for numerous nonprofits and was a founding member of the Philanthropic Advisor Leadership Institute in Atlanta, a partner program of the Community Foundation, Jewish Federation of Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta. He and his wife established the Cathy and Bert Clark Fund with the Community Foundation in 2002.

Doug Hooker leads the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the agency which coordinates local government policy and planning for metro Atlanta, to enhance the region’s economic competitiveness. ARC brings best practices and fosters innovation in challenges to aging and independence resources, arts and culture, community development, transportation and mobility, water and natural resources and workforce development. In his career, he has worked in the public and private sectors in the areas of education, energy, transportation, transit and water with organizations including the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works, Georgia Power and the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority. Hooker has extensive involvement in board service with arts, education, government and nonprofit organizations.

Howard Palefsky conducts his business activities through a family investment vehicle, Victoria Capital Management. He has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, CEO, board chair, director and investor in the healthcare and wellness, life sciences and medical device industries. Businesses in which he played a significant role have achieved in excess of $3 billion of value creation, more than 40 product launches, 20 company formations and numerous financings, IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He has deep experience in finance, healthcare policy, manufacturing, regulatory and quality affairs and research and development. He has managed operations and investments in Australia, Europe, Japan, the U.S. and emerging markets. Palefsky currently serves as the Board Chair of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Treasurer on the board of the Atlanta History Center. He and his wife established the Palefsky Family Fund at the Community Foundation in 2012.

“I have personally worked closely with each of these new board members during my tenure, ranging from donor engagement, to nonprofit partnerships and regional community initiatives,” said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “I know that they will all make a notable and immediate impact as part of our core group of advisors.”

These three new board members join the 15 continuing their service to the Community Foundation:

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

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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 nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation leads and inspires philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation, among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.1 billion in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality donor services and bold, innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $144 million from donors in 2017 and distributed more than $100 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2018 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction, putting the Foundation among the nation’s top 10 highest-rated community foundations. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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