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Non-Profit and Community Leadership and Engagement

Proven experience in non-profit startup, turn-around, interim and staffed leadership, board development, and long-term strategic planning - including developing and implementing successful collaborations and strategic and fundraising plans.  

I have over 30 years in selecting and developing dynamic and effective organizational leadership, volunteers and staff, implementing major projects and new initiatives, growing programs, problem solving, developing new, and supporting existing, community programs and helping communities and organizations develop and focus on sustainable strategies that will ensure mission success. 

Neighborhood Leadership

Former Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit N. 7 years 

Former Secretary for Atlanta Planning Advisory Board. 3 years

Community Leadership

Served nine years, on the Board of   

Invest Atlanta, as Atlanta Planning Advisory Board representative and Mayoral appointee, by both Mayors Franklin and Reed.  IA is the development arm of the City of Atlanta. 

I served 2008 through 2016, in various capacities including as Treasurer, Finance, TAD and Housing Committee Chair and Vice-Chair.

I understand the intersection of community interests and the development needed for the vitality of our city.

With Atlanta Mayor Reed, 

Atlanta City Council Members 

Lance-Bottoms and Shook and 

GA Gov. Nathan Deal

Current: Atlanta Mayoral appointee to Little 5 Points CID Board and currently serving as Board Chair.  


Public Service

Recipient of City of Atlanta Phoenix Award, highest honor bestowed on a citizen, by Mayor Reed in 2016 for over 25 years of service to non-profits and the City of Atlanta.

Consultant on several community development projects, assisting to engage developers, local businesses and community representatives to insure project success and community support.

Served in leadership position on over a dozen non-profit and community Boards since 1986. 

Participated in executive search, selection, and lead contract negotiation for Executive leadership of both small community and local arts organizations as well as the CEO/President of a multi-million dollar organization. 

Over eight years of public policy experience as Board leadership for one of the largest development agencies in the USA; grant and loan decisioning; support for City's Tax Allocation Districts, etc.  I understand the intersection between public and private engagement.  With specific passion around adaptive reuse of historic buildings, support of community-centric redevelopment and affordable housing initiatives. 

Over 30 years of working on the political campaigns at local and state level means I have developed close relationships with people in positions to impact public policy and frequently advocate for important issues of non-profits and important public issues such as homelessness, affordable housing and women's issues.


Established new fundraising programs and consulted on capital campaign of half million dollar plus goal for WRFG 89.3 Community Radio and Little 5 Points Community Center with emphasis on individual and corporate donation strategy.

Developed diversified fundraising program plan for HOPE Atlanta and grew non-grant programs by $400,000 in one year, with expansion of premier event, development of new events and corporate partnerships.

Turned around two credit unions in significant financial and management distress, in coordination with banking regulators and CU Board, to avoid forced closures. 

Honored by City Council for over 25 years of Leadership in Atlanta Nonprofits

Professional Accomplishments

Former Deputy Director of HOPE Atlanta, largest provider of emergency and housing to homeless in metro-Atlanta; fundraising, public relations, operations and community engagement.

  • Developed first comprehensive Fundraising Strategy
  • Raised $300k in 6 months to fund relocation project
  • Tripled net income from flagship fundraiser/awards dinner in 2 cycles. 

Former Coca-Cola Executive [14 years], Vice President of Coca-Cola Credit Union; operations, branch management, ATM and card services, home banking and membership expansion.   Trained in project management, contract negotiation, talent selection, effective performance coaching and mediation.

  • Co-Lead merger project for Coca-Cola [Atlanta] and Minute Maid [Houston] Credit Unions - combined $150 mil in assets.
  • Established new internal 24 hour call center operations for $170mil credit union serving over 14,000 Coca-Cola Co. employees Atlanta and foreign-based and traveling worldwide.
Turned around two credit unions identified by Regulators in significant financial or management distress.  
  • Recruited by State Banking Dept as Interim CEO for IBEW Local 613 Credit Union in 1991 when NCUA refused to accept CU for NCUA Insurance Fund due to significant capital shortfall and extremely high loan losses.  Turn-around plan designed, accepted and implemented resulting in NCUSIF acceptance in under 18 months. 


  • 30 years of Effective Leadership and developing collaborations to solve problems for non-profits and communities
  • Organization Visioning and Mission Setting
  • Long Term Strategic & Financial Planning
  • Board/Volunteer Development and Recruitment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Continuous Process Improvement
  • Staff Recruitment, Selection, Management & Development
  • Community Engagement and Organizing
  • Community Outreach and Communications
  • Fundraising/Development
  • Digital Marketing Management
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Sales Culture Development
  • Facilities Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Product Development
  • Strong Written and Verbal Communication


  • Affordable Housing
  • Homelessness
  • Community Development 
  • Non-profit Support/Development

Anna Foote,
Jan 10, 2018, 4:02 PM