AWBI Hires Inaugural Executive Director, Latresa McLawhorn Ryan

The Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI) is pleased to welcome Latresa McLawhorn Ryan as our inaugural executive director.

Latresa brings more than 15 years of professional experience, including eight years as the principal attorney and founder of a boutique law firm focused on venture capital and private equity firm owners. She recently served as Vice President and Client Manager within the SunTrust Foundations and Endowments Specialty Practice, as a key strategic advisor helping endowment and foundation clients maximize the impact of their investment assets through investment management, grants management, and administration, planned giving, trust administration, and regulatory compliance services. She also served as the Community and Human Services Segment Leader for the practice and helped clients navigate the bank to receive the full benefit of all of the services the bank has to offer. Before joining SunTrust, she was Global Vice President of Development and Strategic Partnerships at Operation HOPE. She is an active local leader where she proudly supports various community efforts, including board chair of the Grove Park Foundation, a wholistic quarterback organization located on Atlanta’s westside.

As Executive Director, Latresa will oversee all operational, financial and partnership management aspects of the organization. Also, she will develop AWBI’s primary focus areas centered on advancing thought leadership, movement building that activates and brings support to community leaders, and strategic investments that equitably deploy capital.

Latresa officially starts her new role November 7, 2019.

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