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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
Terry Mazany most recently served as President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, engaging donors in comprehensive, innovative programs for impactful grant making and doubling the community foundation’s assets to more than $2.8 billion. During his transformational tenure there, Terry also leveraged his deep educational background and the Trust’s focus on education to serve Chicago’s mayor as the interim chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district serving more than 400,000 students.
Terry’s contributions include volunteer board service for numerous nonprofit organizations locally and nationally. Most notably, Terry is board member and past chair of the National Assessment Governing Board that oversees the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), he was principal investigator for metropolitan Chicago’s Clinical Data Research Network, one of 13 national research centers that form the Patient Centered Outcomes Research network (PCORnet), and was a director on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Currently, he is in a leadership role with the Community Foundation Opportunity Network (CFON), organized by community foundations advancing effective solutions to close opportunity gaps in their communities and across the country.
Terry earned graduate degrees in anthropology, business and education, and was recognized with Honorary Doctorates from DePaul and Lewis Universities. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA).
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 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.
Philanthropy Administrative Assistant
Sybil Elie provides support for the senior vice president of philanthropy and the philanthropy department. Sybil brings years of experience as a community relations manager, project and volunteer coordinator and event planner. Sybil attended Clark Atlanta University and has served as a board member for Warrick Dunn Charities and Community Care Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering (with a special focus on pregnant teens), cooking, watching Marvel movies and spending time with her daughter and extended family members.
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.
Senior Philanthropic Officer
Kathleen Wagner is dedicated to helping donors achieve their philanthropic goals and make a difference on the issues that are important to them. She actively supports donors in maximizing the impact of their philanthropic giving and donor-advised fund management. Since joining the Foundation in 2014, Kathleen has helped to steward an engaged community of donors who learn and partner with the Foundation on grantmaking, family philanthropy, and other investments. Kathleen is a certified philanthropy consultant for multi-generational families through the 21/64 network. Kathleen also leads our Spark Opportunity Donor Giving Circle, focused on continued learning and grantmaking to close the Opportunity Gap in Atlanta. Kathleen received her BA in Social Work from George Mason University, and her MSW at Hunter College in New York City. Kathleen grew up in Atlanta and now lives in Candler Park.
Database and Prospect Research 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.
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.
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). Lisa attended Stanford University’s Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders and is a graduate of Hamilton College.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ryan Rodriguez leads the grants management team, ensuring grant and scholarship applications are received and evaluated consistently and effectively. He is responsible for grant and scholarship reporting, analysis and monitoring, and the evaluation and continuous improvement of grant application systems and processes. Prior to joining to the Foundation, Ryan was a communications manager with the Coca-Cola Company, and before that led many aspects of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for 13 years. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Ryan has an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and studied public administration and nonprofit management at Georgia State University.
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. Alongside her role at the Foundation, she also serves as Membership Chair for the PEAK Grantmaking Southeast Regional Chapter. Originally from the Philippines, Anna graduated with advanced honors from Georgia State University in 2015 and has since remained in the city, currently residing in the Old Fourth Ward.
Marketing & Communications
Marketing Administrative Assistant
Nikonie Brown is responsible for administrative duties for the Marketing and Communications team, managing social media 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 the Atlanta area.
Marketing and Events Associate
Diaka Burke is responsible for planning, coordinating and executing the Foundation’s dynamic events, internally and externally. She’s a graduate of Georgia State University majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. After graduation, she interned at the state capitol with the Secretary of the Senate, focusing on coordinating special presentations during the 2019 legislative session and in her spare time, volunteering with the Atlanta Beltline Partnership. She is originally from Miami, FL but considers herself a citrus peach after spreading her artistic and creative roots here in Atlanta. She currently lives in Midtown and enjoys exploring the BeltLine, seeing live theater/comedy and walking her German Shepherd, Dozer.
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.
Finance & Operations
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.
Catrece R. Brown
Catrece R. Brown is a member of a team that stewards over $1.1 billion of charitable capital. She is responsible for cash calls, fees, gifts, other receivables, investment account reconciliations, monitoring daily banking activity, assisting with processing semi-monthly payroll and preparing 990 tax returns. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in banking, healthcare, pharmacy and telecommunications. Catrece is a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a B.S. in Accounting and Keller Graduate School of Management with a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan, has two beautiful daughters and loves to travel.
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.
Grants Payable Associate
Janice is responsible for the processing of all grant and grant-related distributions and serves as a liaison between the Finance, Community 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.
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
Director, Finance and Accounting
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.
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.
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.
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.
Impact Investment Associate
Jonny Newburgh supports the Foundation’s social impact investment initiatives. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Jonny analyzed food safety data for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and supported the Executive Office of the Brookings Institution. Originally from New York, Jonny grew up in Toronto, Canada. He received an undergraduate degree in history from McGill University and a Master’s in Public Administration from American University. He and his wife currently live in the Old Fourth Ward.
Director, Human Resources
Robin Rhodes is responsible for partnering with the senior leadership team to define and lead human resources programs to drive transformational change and optimize organizational effectiveness. Prior to joining the Foundation, she primarily worked in the healthcare industry leveraging her human resource generalist expertise by employing a consultative approach to provide cross-functional solutions to people-related matters. Robin is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and American InterContinental University. Robin is a native of Chicago and proud to call Atlanta home.
Capacity Administrative Assistant
Brooke Rosborough is responsible for administrative duties in support of the CFO and Capacity team (Accounting, Investments, Operations and Human Resources departments). Brooke brings more than 15 years of corporate accounting experience and cash management knowledge to the Community Foundation. A native of Panama City, Florida, Brooke holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Auburn University. She currently lives in Doraville and enjoys exploring Atlanta with her daughter Nevaeh
Crystal Siclait is the first impression specialist that provides support to the capacity team in the role of front office receptionist. Crystal has an extensive background in various front office roles coming from the insurance and hospitality industry. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Crystal holds an associate degree from Atlanta Metropolitan College, and is in pursuit of a human resources management degree from Capella University. Crystal plays the violin, loves traveling and is a tennis player. She currently resides in DeKalb County with her husband & beloved dog Solomon.
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 is responsible for managing the day-to-day accounting operations. Originally from London, Ikepo grew up in Nigeria. Ikepo received her B.S. in Computer Science and Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. She earned a graduate certificate in Financial Analysis and a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management, both from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is currently the Treasurer for the Legacy Speakers Toastmasters Club. She lives in Powder Springs with her family.