Kelly Dolan Named Executive Director of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 23:38

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) announced that Kelly Dolan has become its executive director, effective July 1.

“Kelly brings with her many years of non-profit and fundraising experience, as well as a passion and dedication for serving women and girls,” said Danita Knight, AWF Board Chairman.  “Her deep experience, community engagement skills, and innovative, inclusive leadership style will have a positive and sustainable impact on AWF’s important work.”

In her most recent role, Dolan served as the Executive Director of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter, managing staff in three offices including Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta.  Previously, Dolan spent eight years as Executive Director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta where, under her leadership, the organization more than doubled their annual revenues.  Dolan also has extensive marketing experience and spent several years as owner and operator of a marketing and strategic communications firm.

Earlier in her career, Dolan also held marketing positions at Central Atlanta Progress and Egleston Children’s Health Care System.  Dolan began her career at Leo Burnett U.S.A in Chicago.

“I am honored to be asked to lead AWF and welcome the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors and staff to help elevate its important role as a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls,” Dolan said.  “I have long been an admirer of the work done by AWF and I look forward to joining in their mission to eliminate generational poverty for women and girls.”

Dolan graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a M.A. in Marketing and English Composition from DePaul University.  She has received numerous awards throughout her esteemed career including the 2011 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and a 2009 Atlanta Women Magazine WOW (Women of Atlanta).

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation is Georgia’s only public foundation focused solely on the challenges faced by women and girls. The AWF mission and vision is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls and to eliminate generational poverty. The Foundation’s strategic grant making mission is to improve the economic status of economically vulnerable women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, and to prepare girls for economic empowerment in tomorrow’s world.

Founded in 1986 as The Atlanta Women’s Fund under the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, AWF grew in importance and credibility and became independent in 1998.  
Backed by the enthusiasm and support of individuals, corporations and foundations, AWF has invested more than $12 million in Atlanta nonprofit organizations working to end the generational cycle of poverty for women and girls.

Theisen Consulting conducted the search working with AWF’s eight-member search committee.


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