Alicia Philipp

Alicia Philipp has led the Foundation’s grantmaking, fundraising and collaboration with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for almost 40 years. Under her leadership, the Community Foundation has grown from $7 million in 1977 to more than $919.8 million today. Philipp’s local, regional and national leadership responsibilities include previous service as a board member of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy. Honors received include being named to Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” list, one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the ninth most powerful Atlantan by Atlanta magazine and one of 175 “Emory History Makers” by Emory University. Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and her MBA from Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur and has two adult children, both of whom live in Europe.

Mendal Bouknight
Vice President, Philanthropy

As vice president of philanthropy, Mendal Bouknight holds ultimate accountability for asset growth and donor satisfaction. Through cultivating, nurturing and building the Foundation’s philanthropic reach via donors and professional advisors, Mendal and his team harvest the goals of the Foundation’s strategic plan for greater Atlanta to prosper through philanthropy. Mendal joins the Foundation in August 2016 after serving as president of the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation for 12 years, where he led a team of that grew philanthropic giving from $3.3 million annually to more than $13 million annually in 2015. Prior to Piedmont, Mendal held positions of increasing responsibility and scope leading development offices for Clemson University and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory.

Diana Champ Davis
Vice President, Capacity and Chief Financial Officer

Diana Champ Davis oversees all of the financial and operational components of the Foundation, with a focus on strategic management of the organization’s resources to maximize return on investment. Diana, who is a CPA, joined the Community Foundation in 2016, bringing a decade of executive financial leadership in nonprofit organizations, as well as 10 years of prior experience in management consulting and for-profit corporate accounting and finance. The Georgia State graduate enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, Michael, and their two springer spaniels, Cowboy and Scout.

Lesley Grady
Senior Vice President, Community

Lesley Grady oversees the community impact work of the Foundation, including grantmaking, scholarships as well as multiple community initiatives, connecting this work with foundation donors and their passions. Lesley has 25 years’ experience creating strategic partnerships to stimulate community and economic growth. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as an independent contractor providing strategic planning, training and community programming for corporations, nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. She holds a master’s in public policy from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s in English from LaSalle University.

Elyse Hammett
Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Elyse Hammett oversees all marketing and public relations efforts of the organization, focusing on strategic marketing and communications initiatives for key internal and external audiences. A universally accredited PR professional, Elyse leverages more than 20 years of public relations and marketing communications experience, from her tenures at Emory Healthcare, BellSouth and her own PR agency, Eos. She’s won numerous awards from the American Hospital Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America (including its 2014 Georgia Luminary Star Award), and the National Telecom Marketing Association. Elyse serves as the immediate past president of the board of PRSA Georgia, the nation’s second largest chapter.


Community Team

Natasha Battle-Edwards
Grants Manager

Natasha Battle-Edwards is responsible overseeing competitive grants and scholarship administration, as well as fund management for community initiatives and grantee relations for the Foundation. Natasha sits on the Peak Grantmaking Southeast Committee, the focus of which is to improve philanthropy by leading the field of grants management to achieve efficient and effective grantmaking. Natasha holds a master’s degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University.

Lisa Cremin
Director, Community Advancement

Lisa Cremin oversees a comprehensive, innovative suite of programs that serves arts organizations. Her Arts Impact portfolio leadership includes the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund which has supported more than 80 arts organizations. Additionally, Lisa works with individuals and families who seek to establish a fund at the Community Foundation. Lisa previously worked at Christie’s International and the Weston Gallery and created visual arts programs for both the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games in partnership with Olympic sponsors. Awards include the Governor’s Award in the Arts and Humanities (2015), the YWCA Woman of Achievement (2014) and the Nexus Award of the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center (2012). Atlanta Magazine identified her in 2005 as one of “25 Power Women to Watch” and in 2011 as one of “Five for the Future.” Lisa attended Stanford University’s Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders and is a graduate of Hamilton College.

Katrina DeBerry
Program Officer

Katrina DeBerry leads the Community Development Impact Area, managing and building community initiatives and programs that support the Foundation’s mission and helping donors meet their philanthropic goals. Prior to joining the Foundation, Katrina worked as Principal Program Specialist in the Community Partnerships Division at the Atlanta Regional Commission. There, she was responsible for the division’s leadership development programs and the coordination of the agency’s Poverty, Equity Opportunity (PEO) Committee where the ARC facilitated conversations around poverty and economic inclusion for all residents in the Atlanta region. Katrina earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University and her Master’s in Public Administration from Walden University.

Jami Edwards
Grants Assistant

Jami Edwards is primarily responsible for supporting the administration of the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jami was a Housing Processor for Georgia Department of Community Affairs. She collected completed applications, processed and accumulated documentation to substantiate assistance subsidies while determining eligibility of applicants. A native of Madison, Georgia, Jami received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University. She lives in Atlanta and enjoys volunteering, as well as pinning DIY projects to her Pinterest boards.

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate

Lauren Jeong works on multiple grantmaking and scholarship initiatives. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Lauren worked at Foundation Center, where she was responsible for marketing, fundraising and programming for young nonprofits. Lauren also held internships with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. Lauren currently serves on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta and is pursuing an MBA at Emory University. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia State University. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking, walking the BeltLine and yoga.

Mindy Kao
Program Associate

Mindy Kao works on administering the Community Foundation’s Neighborhood Fund, the Civic Engagement Fund and other community development-related grantmaking projects. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Mindy worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Georgia Tech’s Office of Leadership Education and Development. A native of the metro Atlanta area, Mindy attended Georgia Tech, receiving a Bachelor of Science and Master of City and Regional Planning degrees. In her free time, Mindy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, discovering new food and music and exploring Atlanta’s unique neighborhoods. She currently resides in Adair Park.

Alyssa Lasseter
Manager, Strategic Projects

As a member of the Community Intelligence Team, Alyssa focuses on knowledge management to capture and deploy the right information to strengthen our region. She also provides standards, support and trend analysis for our five Impact Areas. Previously, Alyssa worked for 16 years with nonprofits and government agencies, including Mile High United Way and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She spent 6 years with Habitat for Humanity International working on community development, leadership development and organizational learning. After living in Denver, where she received her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University, she returned home to Atlanta in 2011.

Vanessa Meyer
Program Officer

Vanessa Meyer designs and executes scholarships and grant programs for the Community Foundation. Previously, Vanessa directed strategic initiatives at the Southern Education Foundation and focused on expanding leadership development, early childhood education and positive school climate efforts in the American south. She is an alum of the Georgia Education Policy Fellowship Program. Vanessa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon, where she studied Sociology and History. She is a Master’s in Public Policy candidate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Vanessa lives in Cabbagetown with her husband Paul and English bulldog MacGruber.

Maria Najlis
Program Associate

Maria Najlis supports multiple scholarship and grantmaking programs, including A Place to Perform and Extra Wish. She previously worked at AARP Foundation in Washington, DC where she managed programs in a number of states that addressed food-insecurity in older adults through increased access to public benefits and nutrition education. Maria holds an associate’s degree in Foreign Languages and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia State University. Originally from Nicaragua, Maria has called Atlanta home on and off for over 15 years and currently lives in Reynoldstown with her partner and Gracie Jujitsu and Holly Jolly, her two amazing pups.

Hannah Klemm
Program Assistant

Hannah is the program assistant for the Community team. She is responsible for supporting the Resource Deployment team and multiple programs, including the Foundation’s General Operating Support grantmaking, the Strategic Restructuring Fund and the Nonprofit Toolbox. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Hannah worked as a project manager. She received her bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Georgia. Originally from Charlotte, NC, she now lives in Buckhead and enjoys spending time with her friends, running and cheering on the Dawgs!

Lita Ugarte Pardi
Director, Resource Deployment

Lita Pardi manages the Resource Deployment team, which designs, implements and assesses the effectiveness and impact of the Foundation’s competitive grants and scholarship programs. Lita leads the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen the region’s nonprofits through the Nonprofit Effectiveness portfolio and has deep knowledge on succession planning and executive transitions. She participated in the 2013 Council on Foundations Career Pathways program, Leadership Atlanta’s 2007 LEAD Atlanta class and the Southeastern Council of Foundations 2004 Hull Fellows Program. Originally from Peru, Lita received her undergraduate degree from Berry College. Lita lives in Marietta with her husband and their two sons.

Anna Pinder
Director, Community Intelligence

Anna Pinder manages the Community Intelligence Team, which focuses the Foundation’s community leadership, partnerships and programs, as well as public policy. The Community Intelligence Team oversees the Foundation’s knowledge management and drives achievement of the Foundation’s five impact areas to build a strong region. Before joining the Foundation, Anna worked as a management consultant specializing in human capital management and process improvement; she’s a member of the 2014 Class of Leadership Buckhead. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech (Go Jackets!). In her free time Anna enjoys exploring her midtown neighborhood with her husband, daughter and yellow lab.

Kurt Reynolds
Executive Assistant, Community

Kurt Reynolds provides administrative support to the senior vice president, community, and members of the Community leadership team. Kurt brings several years of governance, event coordination, community outreach and board management experience to the Community Foundation. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he served as board liaison and executive assistant for the local nonprofit Families First. Kurt received his B.F.A from Oglethorpe University. He is a resident of Midtown who enjoys live jazz performance, bowling and sampling the many cultural cuisines Atlanta has to offer.

Clare S. Richie
Public Policy Specialist

Clare S. Richie performs research and analysis to identify public policy opportunities the Foundation can influence directly or indirectly across its five Impact Areas. Before joining the Foundation, Clare worked as an independent policy and research consultant after eight years as a Senior Policy Analyst for GBPI. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical Economics from Brown University and a Masters of Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. In her free time, Clare enjoys spending time with her husband and twin teenagers.

Anna Theodore
Grants Associate

Anna Theodore supports the execution of grant and scholarship programs across the Foundation, from application intake to award distribution and also administers the Foundation’s grant- and scholarship-related online portals in order to provide candidate support, track vital metrics and improve process flows. Previously she has worked for the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Originally from the Philippines, Anna graduated with advanced honors from Georgia State University in 2015 and has since remained in the city, currently residing with her partner in the neighborhood of Home Park.

Dan Williams
Program Officer

Dan Williams serves as Program Officer on the Community Intelligence Team. He leads the Well-being Impact Area and works across the Foundation, facilitating education and engagement opportunities for donors to meet their philanthropic goals. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dan was Chief Strategy Officer for Research Associates, a regional research, grant development and program evaluation firm. Dan has deep roots in our nonprofit community, having served in leadership roles with United Way of Greater Atlanta and the American Cancer Society. A native Texan, Dan earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso.


Finance & Operations

Belinda Brady
Director, Investments

Belinda Brady leads the oversight and administration of the Foundation’s investment programs. She collaborates with the Foundation’s leadership and investment committee to set and implement investment priorities and strategy. Before joining the Foundation, Belinda held senior investment leadership positions at both The Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola Enterprises (“CCE”). She led the global retirement plan investment function of Treasury at CCE for over 20 years.

Prior to CCE, Belinda was an equity portfolio manager at Trusco Capital
Management. Belinda received a JD from Emory University and BA from Wright State University.

Belinda was a founding member of the Atlanta International School’s Investment Committee. She lives in Buckhead.

Latasha Brown
Executive Assistant to the President

Latasha Brown is responsible for providing full administrative support to the president as well as supporting assignments associated with the Board of Directors. Latasha brings more than 15 years of experience in the philanthropic sector to the Foundation. She began her career at the Ford Foundation and went on to work at the Edward Hazen Foundation and, in 1998, returned to the Ford Foundation as a full-time staff member working in the Program Related Investment Unit. Latasha lives in Lithonia with her three daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.

Starr Bruner
Capacity Administrative Assistant

Starr Bruner supports the capacity department and brings over five years of nonprofit skills to the team. She has extensive work experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and a 10-year history of working with children on the autism spectrum. Starr graduated cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Professional Writing. She lives in Buckhead with her Siberian husky, Mia, and enjoys reading and thrift shopping.

Janice Burton
Grants Payable Associate

Janice is responsible for the processing of all grant and grant-related distributions and serves as a liaison between the Finance and Philanthropy teams to ensure that grants meet legal, audit and Foundation requirements.

Janice has a long history in nonprofit accounting and came to the Foundation after serving as staff accountant and development team leader for Children At Heart Ministries in Texas. Janice is originally from Chattanooga, TN and received her B.B.A. degree in Finance from Middle Tennessee State University. She enjoys working in ministry, writing, public speaking, event planning and spending time with her son, Michael, and family and friends.

Mark Crosswell
Managing Director, Social Impact Strategy

Mark Crosswell leads the Foundation’s social impact initiative, designed to accelerate the pace of social innovation in Atlanta by connecting capital to causes we care about. With a background in banking, corporate finance and M&A, Mark is an entrepreneur at heart and has started, invested in, and managed numerous businesses. In 2015, he joined Points of Light to lead strategy and venture development for the Civic Accelerator, which trains, scales and invests in innovative social ventures around the country.

With passions for youth development, education and the environment, Mark has been active in the non-profit community in Atlanta for decades. In his spare time, Mark enjoys backpacking, trail running, biking, skiing, fishing, and coaching youth sports. Mark graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and he and his family live in Sandy Springs, GA.

Chris de Lastic
Chief Accounting Officer

Chris de Lastic is responsible for managing the Foundation’s financial and accounting processes and operations, including audit, budgeting, tax and financial reporting. Chris came to the Foundation after serving at FTI Consulting and Ernst & Young’s financial services office in New York City. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University, where he received his B.B.A. in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Chris and his family live in Adair Park.

Beverly Fooks
Front Office Receptionist

Beverly Fooks is the face and voice of the Community Foundation and is responsible for receiving and directing all calls and inquiries, assisting all visitors of the Community Foundation and supporting various administrative needs of Finance and Operations. Before joining the Community Foundation Beverly served more than a decade at Emory University as an administrative assistant to several high-level executives. Beverly is actively involved in her church, enjoys theatre, live concerts, art exhibits, entertaining family and friends and relaxing at home with husband and two sweet dogs.

Juanita Gaynor
Accounts Payable Clerk

Juanita Gaynor is responsible for ensuring the accurate and timely processing of all invoice and grant disbursements. Juanita has worked in the corporate and nonprofit sectors and has several years of experience in various accounting functions. Juanita received an associate degree in business administration from Eastern Nazarene College, an associate degree in accounting from Atlanta Technical College and is currently seeking her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Georgia State University. Juanita enjoys reading, music and cooking.

Brian Graham
Assistant Controller

Brian Graham is responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s accounting functions by ensuring accurate and timely general ledger activity, period closings and account reconciliations. Brian came to the Foundation after serving at Mosaica Education, Inc., where he provided financial management and oversight to independent charter schools across the U.S., U.K. and India. Originally from North Carolina, Brian received his B.S. in accounting from North Carolina A&T State University and his master’s in accounting from the University of Virginia. He enjoys playing golf and lives in Douglasville with his wife and their three daughters.

Evan Greene
Donor Data and Portal Manager

Evan Greene is responsible for managing the Foundation’s fundraising database and donor portal and for collaboratively designing and rolling out the associated protocols, analytical reports and dashboards that support the Foundation’s mission and strategic plan. Prior to joining the Foundation, Evan was at The Rockefeller University in New York City. He has consulted for the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation in Atlanta and was the Managing Director of a nonprofit theatre company in New York City. A transplanted NYC foodie and a Boston native, Evan enjoys exploring the Atlanta restaurant scene and acting in and seeing theatre. He does his best to keep his sports allegiances to himself.

Kimano Harris
Accounting Specialist

Kimano Harris is responsible for processing all financial outflows of the Foundation in a manner that ensures proper financial controls are maintained, including operating expense, grant and scholarship payments. Kimano has worked both in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in various accounting positions and comes to the Foundation with a wealth of knowledge and experience in accounting. Kimano received a bachelor’s degree from Beulah Heights University, an associate degree in accounting from DeKalb College, majored in accounting at DeVry and is an MBA candidate at Colorado Technical University. Kimano also enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her husband and family.

Mitch Hollberg
Database and Analytics Manager

Mitch Hollberg is responsible for leading the Foundation’s enterprise information management efforts encompassing data governance, database administration, reporting and analysis. Prior to joining the Foundation Mitch was reporting and operations manager for Hewlett-Packard’s IT mergers and acquisitions group, and he worked in various financial reporting and IT management capacities at Accenture, ExxonMobil and Borders Bookstores. Mitch received bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and economics from Rice University, and an MBA with High Distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. An Atlanta native, Mitch lives in Kirkwood with his wife and two sons.

Cedric Smith

Cedric Smith is responsible for the monthly reconciliation of all Foundation bank accounts and investment activity. He prepares and reviews various budget reports in addition to preparing and distributing vendor 1099s. He also assists with the Foundation’s annual financial statement audit. Before joining the Foundation Cedric worked for five years as an accountant at Sadie G. Mays Health and Rehabilitation Center in southwest Atlanta. A native Atlantan, Cedric earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hampton University in Virginia.

Ikepo Talabi
Senior Accountant

Ikepo Talabi is responsible for keeping accurate and timely records for Foundation investment accounts, including investment balances and activity, cash management analysis for distribution of assets and capital calls. Ikepo came to the Foundation from London, and she is currently the financial secretary of the North American chapter of her alma mater, Olabisi Onabanjo University. She earned a graduate certificate in financial analysis and holds a master’s in accounting and financial management, both from Keller Graduate School of Management. In her free time she loves sewing and lives in Powder Springs with her husband and three beautiful children.

Kyle Threet
Investment Analyst

Kyle Threet is responsible for performing analytical work and related reporting pertaining to the Foundation’s investment programs. Kyle assists in preparation of materials for Investment Committee meetings and liaises with custodian banks and investment managers to ensure that the operational aspects of the Foundation’s investment programs are well-managed.

Kyle brings three years of investment experience with him to the Foundation. Most recently, Kyle was a senior investment analyst at Mercer Investment Consulting, a global investment consulting firm. Kyle received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Georgia Tech.
Kyle lives in Buckhead with his dog, Bear.

Megan Swett
Director, Operational Strategy

Megan Swett is responsible for the leadership and management of the Community Foundation’s data, analytics, IT, operations and facilities functions, as well as special projects involving organizational strategic planning and operational alignment. Megan previously worked with the Central Florida Foundation and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in various roles. Megan graduated from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in human studies. She currently lives in the Oakhurst neighborhood of Decatur with her wife, Amanda, and daughter Adeline.

Kellen Walker
Operations and IT Manager

Kellen Walker is responsible for the management of operations, facilities and IT at the Community Foundation. Additionally, he oversees the management of a portfolio of 22 properties occupied by nonprofit tenants.

Kellen brings with him a wealth of operations, facility, IT and project management experience. Prior to coming to the Foundation, Kellen worked at Cox Automotive where he managed construction, furniture and space planning projects across 7 buildings totaling over 1 million square feet. Before that, he worked for AIG Aviation where he oversaw the operations at their office in Midtown Atlanta and multiple remote offices across the nation.

Kellen is an Atlanta native who enjoys spending time with his family and now resides in Dallas, GA.


Marketing & Communications

Kasey Brinson
Special Events Coordinator

Kasey Brinson manages the planning and coordination for the Community Foundation’s special events held for donors, nonprofits and the community at large, with the goal of creating memorable experiences that make a positive impact on attendees and the constituents the Foundation serves. She joined the Foundation with more than eight years’ experience in event planning and production, marketing, social media and brand management, fundraising and community building. She has managed events ranging from six to 6,000 participants for the City of Atlanta, local nonprofits and for an event-management firm. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Kasey received a BBA from Samford University.

Nikonie Brown
Marketing Administrative Assistant

Nikonie Brown is responsible for administrative duties for the Marketing and Communications team and supporting digital communications efforts for the Community Foundation. Prior to working at the Foundation, Nikonie worked for State Farm and freelanced for small businesses in her hometown. A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Nikonie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mississippi University for Women and a Master of Science in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi. She currently lives in Tucker and enjoys exploring Atlanta and watching Netflix.

Erin Dreiling
Marketing and Communications Manager

Erin Dreiling is responsible for management of all aspects of marketing and communications for the Community Foundation, with a focus on brand strategy, digital and print marketing, social media and relationship development. Before joining the Community Foundation, Erin worked in nonprofit administration and fundraising with several local arts organizations including the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts and Actor’s Express. She holds a degree in fine and performing arts from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Erin lives in East Atlanta with her husband, Jake, and their two sons.

Louise Mulherin
Public Relations Manager

Louise Mulherin is responsible for driving awareness of the Community Foundation’s programs, products, services and stories for its various constituents in the public sphere. A veteran communications professional, she previously ran her own consulting practice, working with clients in industries including banking, commercial real estate, food service, manufacturing, nonprofit, payment processing/security and retail. A Savannah native, Louise holds a B.A. from Boston College and a Master of Mass Communication from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Louise serves on the board of PRSA Georgia, she and her husband, Jeff Culley, live in Piedmont Heights.



Erin Drury Boorn
Senior Philanthropic Officer

Erin Drury Boorn works with a portfolio of donor-advised funds, helping individuals and families develop their personal philanthropy. Erin works closely with the Waterfall Foundation and serves on their board. Prior to joining the Community Foundation Erin worked for the Woodruff and Whitehead Foundations. Erin was a Hull Fellow with the Southeastern Council of Foundations in 2006. She is a graduate of Berry College and holds a master’s from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She is trained in meeting facilitation and is a CAP® Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Jill Clark
Philanthropic Assistant

Jill Clark works closely across the Philanthropy Team on a number of projects and initiatives, including dockets for granting foundations and proposal drafts to foundations. Jill is responsible for providing support to the vice president of philanthropy as well as supporting assignments associated with the Board of Directors for the Philanthropy Committee. Jill comes to the Community Foundation with 15 years of experience across a variety of environments. Most recently, Jill enjoyed a six-year tenure as Judicial Assistant to the Honorable Jay M. Roth of Fulton County State Court. She resides in Marietta with her family and two dogs.

Christy Eckoff
Director, Gift Planning

Christy Butler Eckoff is responsible for the Foundation’s comprehensive planned and major giving programs, Nonprofit Advantage Fund, asset-based giving and business development. Previously, Christy served as senior director of gift planning at Georgia State University. She is president of the Georgia Planned Giving Council, past-president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Atlanta chapter and a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, North Carolina bar and the Junior League of Atlanta. Christy is a board member of AdNet (the Advancement Network for Community Foundations) and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. Christy graduated from Duke University, earned her J.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and LL.M. in Taxation at the University of Washington. Christy is a CFRE Certified Fundraising Executive and a CAP® Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

Ali Gant
Gift Planning Officer

Ali Gant works with financial and legal professional advisors to envision and maximize the philanthropic legacy of clients and donors. Before joining the Community Foundation, Ali worked with Mercy Care Foundation, The Westminster Schools and The University of Georgia. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) of Atlanta, the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Atlanta. She sits on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Murphey Candler Baseball Auxiliary. Ali holds a BA in English and a Master of Public Administration from UGA and is a CFRE Certified Fundraising Executive. She resides in Dunwoody with her husband and three sons.

Barrett Coker Krise
Senior Philanthropic Officer

Barrett Coker Krise works with individuals and families to reach their philanthropic giving goals. Prior to joining the Foundation, Barrett worked with Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Atlanta Opera. Barrett is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an alumna of the LEAD Class of 2008, a program of Leadership Atlanta. Barrett is a CAP® Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She received her B.A. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. A fourth-generation native of Atlanta, Barrett lives in the historic neighborhood of Cabbagetown with her husband, Eddie and daughter Vivian.

James Tobias
Gift Planning Officer

James “Jamie” Tobias serves as a primary fundraiser securing gifts that enhance the institution’s ability to achieve its goals and accomplish its mission. Jamie previously served as a Director of Major Gifts at Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, as the Assistant Director of Development and Communications for L’Arche USA and at Emory University, serving in a variety development positions including Associate Director of Annual Giving. A native of South Carolina, he received his degree from Clemson University in 2000 and received his CFRE in 2015. Currently, he serves as the immediate past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kathleen Varner Wagner
Philanthropic Officer

Kathleen Varner Wagner manages a portfolio of donor-advised funds, helping individuals and families develop their personal philanthropy and community involvement. Kathleen is a Licensed Social Worker who brings her social work expertise to inform the impactful grantmaking of the donors at the Foundation. Kathleen is trained with the personal skills, technical tools and generational awareness to work most effectively with our next-generation funders. She received her BA from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and MSW at Hunter College in Manhattan, New York. She is a fourth generation Atlantan who grew up in Brookhaven and now lives with her husband David in Candler Park.

Wanda Wallace
Development Engagement and Pipeline Manager

Wanda Wallace is responsible for all aspects of the gift processing system and donor prospect management. In addition, Wanda is responsible for donor prospect management from identification to solicitation. Originally from Virginia, Wanda moved to Atlanta to attend DeVry University. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and has a passion for youth leadership. A former Girl Scout leader, she serves on multiple auxiliaries through her church and is committed to giving back to the community.