Board of Directors


Get to know the experts in creating joy.

John C. Reid

Board Chair

John C. Reid’s career spans 45 years in service to corporations, governments, nonprofits and start-ups. Reid served The Coca-Cola Company for 27 years in roles that included global vice president, corporate social responsibility, global chief environmental officer, global director of Coca-Cola University, senior vice president of marketing as well as vice president of fountain operations for Coca-Cola USA. He also has extensive nonprofit and governmental experience. Reid was past chairman of Cross-Cultural Solutions, a global nonprofit enabling volunteering in 15 countries; chief administrative officer for the City of Atlanta and deputy director of operations for the state of New York.

His experience also includes a number of start-up organizations. He was COO of The Edison Project, now Edison Learning, the grandfather of the charter school movement; CEO of LearnNow, another leader in the education field and CEO of Comet Systems, an early innovator in internet technologies and search toolbars. In addition to his service with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Reid serves on the Board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. Prior board service includes The Princeton Review, Tutor.com, the Duke University School of the Environment, the Emory University Center for Ethics, Research Atlanta, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Georgia Conservancy and the Midtown Alliance. Reid holds a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and a M.S. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kathleen Barksdale

Rockdale Foundation

Katy Barksdale is the co-founder of the Rockdale Foundation, established in 1994. The Rockdale Foundation is a private family foundation with a grantmaking emphasis in the areas of education, ethical leadership and community, currently focused in Sierra Leone. In addition to her leadership of this foundation, Barksdale has been actively involved in the Atlanta community for the past two decades. She serves on the boards of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation. She is a steering committee member of the International Education Funders Group and a board member of Restless Development USA. She is a trustee of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and a member of the Atlanta Rotary Club. Barksdale previously practiced law and worked at corporations including CNN and The Southern Company. She also served as Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker and Press Assistant to Sen. Herman E. Talmadge. Barksdale completed two terms on the Atlanta Board of Education and served as Chair. She also served as Chair of Teach For America Atlanta, the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta and Perimeter College Foundation. She was awarded the Silver Medallion Award of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, was named a Hometown Hero of Atlanta and a YWCA Woman of Achievement. She received her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law, attended Hollins College and earned her B.A. degree from the University of Georgia.

Frank Bell

Intellinet

In 1993, Frank Bell founded Intellinet with the idea that promises kept are the most powerful competitive advantage possible. For 20 years, Intellinet has provided consulting and software development technology services to many of the most familiar names in business, as well as earned recognition for helping executives succeed by providing measurable, bottom-line results. Bell builds strategic relationships as an influential civic leader and cultivates a values-based corporate culture by helping others achieve their goals through teamwork and accountability.

Bell began his career as a financial analyst with real estate developer Carter, but soon discovered his real passion was in the emerging field of technology. He launched Intellinet from his Peachtree Road apartment with a vision for helping businesses use technology to improve operations. Ever since, Intellinet has continued to help clients create business value through innovative technology solutions. Intellinet distinguishes itself by fulfilling promises to clients through world-class technical expertise, a focus on client service and an unwavering commitment to company core values.

Bell is involved in many civic and industry organizations, including founding the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA), presenter of the annual Georgia CIO of the Year Awards. He has served on Microsoft Partner Advisory Councils, the Board of Advisors to the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Buckhead Coalition, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the High Tech Prayer Breakfast Host Committee. He has served as a trustee of Wesleyan School, a founding director of the Private Bank of Buckhead and on the Stetson University Business School board, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing. He resides in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife Amy and their five children.

Millard Choate

Choate Construction Company

William Millard Choate is the Chairman & CEO of Choate Construction Company,
one of the largest commercial building contractors in the southeastern U.S. With
over three decades of contracting experience, Choate is responsible for the direction of all operations of the firm including marketing, preconstruction and
construction operations. He also takes an active role in negotiating and issuing
contracts, financial management and development of construction procedures and policies.

He founded Choate Construction in 1989 after first serving as a project manager
with a Kentucky contractor and then moving forward to serve for 12 years as the officer of an Atlanta general contractor. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he is a
graduate of Father Ryan High School and Vanderbilt University, where he received a
Bachelor of Arts in economics and business.

Active in several organizations, Choate serves as a Director on the Board of Fidelity Bank, is an active member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), serves on various Chambers of Commerce and is a member of Atlanta Rotary. He has been chosen as an Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Ernst & Young, Inc.
Magazine and Merrill Lynch and the Volunteer of the Year by Cystic Fibrosis
Foundation.

Choate is a longtime supporter of the Community Foundation, he established the
Choate Family Fund in 2002 and the ROI Supporting Organization in 2016. He and his wife, Susan, have two adult children.

Edward S. Croft, III

Croft & Bender

Ed Croft is managing director of Croft & Bender, an investment banking and private equity firm he co-founded in Atlanta in 1996. The firm provides merger and acquisition, capital raising and financial advisory services to middle-market and emerging growth companies primarily in the Southeast and also sponsors and manages the C&B Capital growth equity funds. Croft has served corporate clients for over 45 years as a professional in the investment banking field. Prior to Croft & Bender, he worked with The Robinson-Humphrey Company in Atlanta for 25 years, heading the corporate finance department and serving on the Board for several years. Before that, he worked in New York City with White, Weld & Co., a leading Wall Street firm at the time.

Croft received a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University and earned his MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. Prior to business school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army with a tour in South Vietnam. He is a former member of the NASD Corporate Finance Committee, a standing committee of the industry’s primary regulatory association, now called FINRA. He serves as a board member of the Southern Capital Forum, which, since 1984, has strongly supported the venture capital and private equity community. Croft also has served as a board member of several companies and nonprofit organizations over the years. He is a former Chairman of Northside Hospital, a leading hospital system in Atlanta, a former Chairman of The Bridge Family Center, a co-founder and President of the Habersham Park Neighborhood Association and a member of the board, and head of the Investment Committee, of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Croft grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools where he remains active with alumni activities. He is a long-time supporter of the Community Foundation and was the successor advisor to his parent’s fund, The Irene Weston and Edward Stockton Croft Memorial Fund. He also has the Croft Family Fund with the Foundation.

Patrice Brown Greer

Community Volunteer

Patrice Brown Greer had a successful career in commercial real estate, managing properties for companies such as GE Capital and LaSalle Partners (now Jones Lang LaSalle). Her background also includes positions in strategy and corporate finance including serving as director of strategic planning for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. where she analyzed entertainment business concepts and created business plans for potential ventures in the areas of online gaming, new cable networks and sports. She has also worked in the retail sector including launching a home-based business, Wishlist, Inc. as a retailer of The Worth Collection, a multi-million dollar direct sales and marketing company of custom-designed, ready-to-wear women’s clothing. In 2011, she started an airport concessions company, Creative Concourse Concepts, LLC (C3) which blends her business acumen with her love for retail and travel. She is currently a partner in Paradies Atlanta, II, LLC with retail stores at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

In addition to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, she has served on the boards of the Alliance Theater (Advisory Board), Atlanta Ballet, Fulton County Arts Council, Southeast Energy Alliance, Trinity School and Zoo Atlanta. She and her husband, Ernest, have co-chaired a number of record-breaking fundraisers for organizations including Grady Hospital, Atlanta Ballet and Families First. She was a long-standing member of the Junior League of Atlanta where she chaired its 2002 Tour of Kitchens fundraiser and served on its board as parliamentarian. Greer served as the 2009-2011 President of the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the largest chapter in the national organization. She also served as the Southeast Region’s representative to the 2010-2012 National Strategic Planning Committee. She is Treasurer of the Dogwood City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, whose service to the Atlanta community was recognized with the 2014 Civic Award by Atlanta Partners for Education for its STEM, reading and fitness programming at M. A. Jones Elementary School. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

An Atlanta native, Greer completed her liberal arts degree in economics and philosophy at Wellesley College and received her master’s degree in business (with finance and marketing concentrations) from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Susan Grant

CNN

In Dec 2014, Grant retired from CNN, where she led a portfolio of global digital and affiliate businesses as Executive Vice President of CNN News Services. During her tenure, CNN Digital became the Internet’s leading news destination globally across a myriad of online and mobile platforms. Her portfolio of businesses included CNN Digital, CNNMoney, CNN Newsource Sales, CNN ImageSource, the CNN Library, CNN Student News and CNN Business Operations. CNN’s affiliate businesses built exceptional, sustainable collaborations with their broadcast, radio and licensing partners. She served as CNN’s representative on the Board of Internet Broadcasting System from 2005 through its sale to Nexstar in 2014.

For her leadership in off-air management, the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation honored her with its First Amendment Service Award in 2008. In 2013, Grant received Womenetics’ POW! Award, celebrating her for stirring the status quo with excellence in leadership, and she received New Trier High School’s 2013 Alumni Achievement Award, joining her high school’s “Hall of Honor”.

Grant serves as Chair of Heifer International, a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty; as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine and as Chair of Agnes Scott College’s Board of Visitors. She lends her voice to raise awareness about race relations as the co-program chair for Leadership Atlanta, is a volunteer and Board member of the Zaban Paradies Center and is a member of the CHRIS Kids Advisory Board and the Grady Ambassador Force. She is a graduate of Vassar College.

Grant is a supporter of the Community Foundation and she established the Susan Grant Charitable Fund in 2016. In addition to the board, she serves on the Community Committee of the Community Foundation.

Jeffrey S. Muir

Fulcrum Equity Partners, Inc.

Jeffrey Muir is a founder and president of Fulcrum Equity Partners, a growth equity fund with $300 million under management. In 2000, Muir co-founded Fulcrum Ventures and is also a co-founder and former managing partner of Chatham Capital, a mezzanine finance firm launched in 2001. He has more than 30 years of investment, operational, and professional experience and has led over 125 major transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, financings, private equity investments and offerings, both public and private. Prior to forming Fulcrum, Muir was COO for OnTarget, a leading provider of consulting and training to large sales organizations worldwide, including BellSouth, Cisco, Deutsche Telecom, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Nortel and Siemens. There, he spearheaded the successful exit strategy for the owners, resulting in a merger with Siebel Systems in December 1999. Prior to OnTarget, Muir held senior executive positions with rapidly growing companies, including EVP with a publicly-traded health care company, T2 Medical, VP of a computer software firm, Information Systems of America, and co-founder/principal of a physician management firm that merged with PhyMatrix as part of its initial public offering. He began his career as an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of Alston & Bird. Muir is currently a board member for Red Bag Solutions, Bright Light Systems, Enduracare Acute Care Services, Five Points Healthcare and Addiction Campuses. He was an organizer and former director of North Atlanta National Bank.

Muir is on the board of the Southern Capital Forum and a member of the Southeast Investor Group, Association for Corporate Growth, and Society of International Business Fellows. In addition to his service on the Community Foundation board, he is on the boards of Skyland Trail and Leadership Ministries. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Georgia, both with honors. Prior to law school, he served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in the Middle East.

Joe Oesterling

Liquid Web

Joe Oesterling joined Liquid Web as the chief technology officer in 2015 where he is responsible for marketing, product development and technology. Liquid Web provides premium managed hosting to more than 30,000 customers globally. Previously, he was chief operating officer for Clearleap, Inc., guiding the company to become a market leader in enabling premium content providers to create multiscreen video solutions. He played a key role in launching Verizon’s updated NFL Mobile solution as Clearleap delivered multiscreen video streams and real time video on demand highlights of every 2014 NFL game. In addition, he reshaped a complex program to deliver a Netflix-like solution for HBO Nordic prior to the Game of Thrones premiere. From 2000-2013, he worked at Cbeyond, Inc., an Atlanta-based managed service provider focused on delivering big business communications, cloud and IT services to approximately 60,000 small businesses across the U.S. As EVP of technology and operations, Oesterling had responsibility for planning, developing and operating Cbeyond’s technology platforms, including nationwide customer voice and data networks, customer applications, cloud and server environments, cash applications, call center technology and data centers. In addition, he led Cbeyond’s service delivery, technical support, customer service and customer retention operational organizations. His span of control also included capital expenditures, supply chain management and facilities organizations. Prior to Cbeyond, Oesterling held information technology leadership roles with Capital One, Security Capital Group, Booz-Allen & Hamilton, and IBM.

Active in the Atlanta community, in addition to the Community Foundation he has served on the Board of Directors for Credability, TechBridge and the Advisory Board for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association including being Chairman in 2009. He has been recognized as Georgia CIO of the Year (2006) and Association of Telecommunications Professionals Industry Leadership award winner (2011). He holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Barbara Bing Pliner

BrainWidth, LLC

A results-driven sales and marketing professional specializing in high net-worth, luxury media properties, Barbara Bing Pliner began BrainWidth in 2016 after benefiting from a 25-plus year proven track record leading media and publishing businesses. Over this vocational journey, her portfolio of media sales success included leadership positions of increasing responsibility and scope representing prestigious global publishing companies including Conde Nast, Hachette Filipacchi, Meredith and Time, Inc. As president/founder of The Media Company, Bing’s team managed exclusively in the southeast, marketing and sales of media properties including Elle Décor, Esquire, Golf Magazine, Gourmet, GQ, House and Garden, New York Magazine, Outside and The New Yorker. In addition, The Media Company, under Bing’s direction, represented sales/marketing exclusively in the southeast for the launches of popular magazine titles including Allure, Cooking with Paula Deen, Details, Vanity Fair and Wired.

In the heat of the Great Recession, Bing joined a start-up called Garden & Gun, where she brought a strong understanding of the media marketplace to a magazine with a big idea. She led the magazine to milestone levels. In fact, the October/November, 2011 issue stands on record as being the largest in the magazine’s history. Bing runs her consultancy, BrainWidth, counseling media agents representing new magazine concepts throughout the nation from Atlanta where she resides with her husband, interior designer, Stuart Pliner, and her two “kids”, West Highland terriers Sophie and Turley. In addition to Bing’s board position with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, she also serves on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Ballet, the Board of the Peachtree Heights West Civic Association and is an active member of the High Museum, Young Collectors Club of Atlanta, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Bryan Rand

Belstone Capital

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, including high yield, investment grade and convertible offerings. Prior to joining Belstone in 2010, Rand helped launch Brightwood Capital Advisors where he worked with a team of three other executives to successfully purchase a portfolio of distressed credit from a major Wall Street investment bank. Prior to this, Rand worked in New York City in Credit Suisse’s control private equity investing affiliate, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, as well as in the firm’s investment bank. At Credit Suisse, he advised and invested in entrepreneur-driven growth businesses, Fortune 1000 corporations, and financial sponsor portfolio companies. Rand holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School where he was a Credit Suisse Fellow. He also graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College with degrees in both German Studies and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He also holds his FINRA Series 79 and 63 licenses. In addition to Rand’s service on the Investment Committee and Board of Directors for the Community Foundation, he serves on the boards of Vacation Innovations, LLC and Avala Dental Providers.

Teresa Rivero

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Teresa Rivero is a lead senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the K-12 team, she focuses on systems grantmaking that advances the Gates Foundation’s mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate prepared for college. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Rivero was a grants officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated foundations. She worked for the Latin American Association as the director of education and as a program manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School-based health clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in public health. She also holds an MBA from Georgia State University. Rivero serves on the Emory University Board of Trustees where she is the chair of the Campus Life Committee, as well as a member of the Executive, Governance and Public Policy Committees. In addition to her service on the Community Foundation board, she is a board member for the Tomorrow Fund and the American Immigration Council. She also served a two-year term in the Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America, coached a youth soccer team and participated in the American-German Marshall Fellowship.

Joan King Salwen

Stanford University

Joan King Salwen is a fellow in the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, an opportunity for established leaders from all walks of life to transform themselves for roles with social impact at the local, national and global levels. Prior to this role she was head of school at Atlanta Girls’ School and enjoyed a 20-year career with Accenture, a global management consulting firm. At Accenture, Salwen led multi-year projects for banking clients, such as mergers and new product launches, managing complex landscapes of change and helping others think clearly about problems and opportunities. Salwen was the firm’s first female partner in the southeastern U.S. and the leader of a global mentoring program for women executives. Her philanthropic investments favor the working poor locally and globally. Salwen grew up in Iowa in the long shadow of her family’s 100-acre farm where she weeded soybean fields by hand and harvested and canned cherries. Now, she is architecting projects that expand food security and support family farmers while reducing methane emissions from livestock production. Salwen is deeply involved in work that supports subsistence farmers in Africa, serving as the co-chair of the U.S. Development Committee of The Hunger Project. She is also a National Trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Salwen holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.A. from Agnes Scott College. She is married to Kevin Salwen, a writer, and they have two children, Hannah and Joe.

David P. Stockert

Mid-America Apartments

David P. Stockert is the former chief executive officer of Post Properties, where in 2016 he orchestrated the company’s sale to Memphis-based Mid-America Apartments (MAA), creating the largest multifamily Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the U.S. by number of apartment units. He continues to serve on the board of directors of MAA. During his tenure at Post, Stockert also served as president and chief operating officer. Before joining Post in January, 2001, he served as a senior executive officer for two other public REITs. In addition, Stockert’s career includes investment banking and public accounting.

In addition to serving on the board of the Community Foundation, Stockert sits on the board of directors of Central Atlanta Progress (Chair), YMCA of Metro Atlanta (past-Chair), the Buckhead Coalition (past-Chair), Grady Memorial Hospital (Chair, Compensation and Building Committees), Horizons Atlanta (Chair, Finance Committee) and the Commerce Club Atlanta. Stockert also chairs the Igniting the Flame of Hope Capital Campaign for Special Olympics Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and an MBA in finance from Columbia University.

Ramon Tomé

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Retired)

Ramon Tomé is a retired environmental technologist from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division. For the past 20 years he was involved with the capturing and cataloging of toxic compounds that are the precursors to the formation of ground ozone in Atlanta and its surrounding counties. Tomé holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wyoming. He also attended the University of Denver for a degree in environmental policy, primarily dealing with water issues. In addition to serving on the board of the Community Foundation, Tomé is member of the board of directors for the Museum of Contemporary Art-Georgia, the Latin American Association and Georgia Arts at Georgia Tech. Tomé is married to Carol Tomé, the chief financial officer of The Home Depot. He is a native of Honduras and speaks fluent Spanish.

Dr. Gregory J. Vaughn

Spencer Stuart

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. He has also held management roles at NDCHealth Corp., where he led the company’s flagship pharmacy services business unit and at McKinsey & Company, where he managed strategy, operations and organizational engagements for clients. Vaughn was a board certified ophthalmologist and established his own practice in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery before joining McKinsey & Company.

In addition to the Community Foundation, Vaughn serves on the Board of Trustees for Emory University, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, The Carter Center and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. Vaughn earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, after graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University. He has undertaken various civic leadership roles including serving as president of the Emory University Alumni Association Board, president of the Emory Senior Society and as a member of the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Benjamin White

Legal Counsel, Alston & Bird

Ben White is chair of Alston & Bird’s Exempt Organizations Group. He is also a co-leader of the Wealth Planning Group. His practice emphasizes exempt organizations as well as estate and tax planning. As chair of the largest and most comprehensive exempt organizations practice in the region, White is widely known for his successful representation of exempt organizations with intractable tax problems. His clients include international, national, regional and local tax-exempt organizations located throughout the U.S. and in other countries. These organizations range from public charities and foundations, to schools, colleges and universities, to hospitals and other health care organizations, to scientific and medical research organizations, to business and professional associations and chambers of commerce, to social clubs and virtually every other kind of tax-exempt organization. With close to 30 years of experience in the area, White counsels extensively both with exempt organizations and with lawyers and accountants representing exempt organizations and he provides strategic advice on the array of tax, business, cultural and political issues that are distinct to exempt organizations. White also maintains an active wealth planning practice, representing some of the wealthiest individuals and families in the southeast and providing counseling to individual and institutional trustees, executors and personal representatives throughout the region.

White is a prodigious lecturer and a prolific writer on topics ranging from exempt organizations to wealth planning to charitable gift planning and other tax and fiduciary subjects. He has lectured throughout the country for thousands of hours both to lay people and to professional advisors. White is the co-author of a two-volume text, Georgia Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration Forms Practice, which is updated annually and author of Foundation Desk Reference: A Compendium of Private Foundation Rules, which is updated periodically and used throughout the country. The author of numerous other articles and papers, White’s publications on taxes, wills, estate planning and exempt organizations are widely read both by laypersons and by professional tax advisors. White is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a founding member of the faculty of the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. He has served as chairman of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and as president of the Harvard Law School Association of Georgia. White is a member of the Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law of the American Bar Association and also serves as a member of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section. He is also a member of the Atlanta Tax Forum and a former member of the board of directors of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is profiled in The Best Lawyers in America and in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Long active in community affairs, White has served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and serves on the Boards of a number of foundations and other charitable organizations. He is a past president of the Alliance Theatre Company and served as a trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center for many years. In 1989 he received the Fulton County Arts Council Salute to the Arts Award. White received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1973 and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1969. He graduated from The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut in 1964.

Jerry Wilkinson

The Wilkinson Companies

Jerry Wilkinson is founder and Chairman of The Wilkinson Companies, a privately-
held real estate investment, management and construction firm. Since 1984,
Wilkinson has directed the operations and growth of the Wilkinson Companies and
its subsidiaries.

Wilkinson served as 2012 Chairman of the National Apartment Association (NAA).
He has previously served as President of the Georgia Apartment Association (GAA)
and the Atlanta Apartment Association (AAA). He is a member of the NAA and GAA
Hall of Fame. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Duke University, an
MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and has done post graduate work at
Harvard. He serves on several Boards including the Duke University School of
Engineering BOV, LaGrange College, Apartment Life Inc., and Grace Hill.
He and his wife, Beverly, have three daughters and seven grandchildren, and split
their time between Atlanta, Georgia and Amelia Island, Florida. He and Bev are
long-time supporters of the Community Foundation, they established the Wilkinson
Family Fund in 1999.

Studie Young

Harry Norman, Realtors

Studie Young has been a leader in Atlanta’s residential real estate market for 30
years and a consistent top producer with Harry Norman, Realtors. Over her 30-year
career, she has specialized in the Buckhead area with career sales volume
exceeding $500 million.
She has been an active member of the Wesleyan School PTA and past president of
the Morris Brandon PTA. She is an elder at First Presbyterian Church and was a
founding member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Prayer Breakfast. Young
attended Hollins College in Virginia where she received a bachelor’s degree.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she is the daughter of Crawford Johnson and
is a long time resident of Atlanta with her husband, Zach, who recently retired as
headmaster of Wesleyan School. They have three adult children and are longtime
supporters of the Community Foundation where they established the Young Family
Fund in 1997.