Stuart Andreason, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Stuart Andreason is the director of the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In his role, he conducts research and works across the country to support Federal Reserve and partner organization efforts in workforce development, the labor market, and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income workers. Andreason has been at the Federal Reserve since 2014 and previously served as a senior adviser on human capital and workforce development. In that role he has published articles on workforce development practice and policy and labor market trends, including deep analysis of opportunity occupations, or middle-skill jobs that pay high wages. Previously, he led two nonprofit organizations focused on economic revitalization in central Virginia and worked for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lesley Grady, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Lesley Grady is Senior Vice President of Community. She oversees the community impact work of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, 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.
Dr. Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta
Dr. Eloisa Klementich is President and CEO of Invest Atlanta. Previously, Eloisa served as managing director of business development at Invest Atlanta. In this position, she worked to attract new businesses and create initiatives that promoted job growth in Atlanta. Before coming to Invest Atlanta, Eloisa served as special assistant for economic development at the U.S. Economic Development Administration in the Office of the Secretary. She served as California’s assistant deputy secretary for economic development and commerce and has held various roles with city governments, including the consultant for Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, working on best practices for addressing constituent issues and requests. Eloisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College and a master’s degree in business administration from el Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey. She holds two master’s degrees in urban planning and Latin American affairs from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her doctorate degree in public administration from the University of LaVerne. Eloisa is also active in various business and civic organizations. She serves as a board member for the Latin American Civic Association, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, LaunchPad 2x, Startup Atlanta, and Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. A graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2017, she is also involved with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative, Georgia Economic Development Association, and International Economic Development Council.
Ellen Macht, Social Enterprise Consultant
Ellen Macht is an experienced corporate banker who made the switch to working with non-profit organizations. She is a strong consulting professional skilled in management, governance, business strategy and planning with a focus on outcomes and impact.
Tyler Nickerson, Amalgamated Bank
Tyler Nickerson is the First Vice President at Amalgamated Bank where he leads the bank’s commercial banking strategy for its foundation and family office clients, along with serving as the Senior Director of Programs at the Amalgamated Charitable Foundation and managing a portfolio of impact loans. Formerly Tyler served as the director of investments and state strategy at The Solutions Project, a philanthropic and cultural campaigning initiative sparked by Leonard DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and others accelerating the transition towards 100% clean energy for 100% of people. Tyler led the development of Solutions Project’s award-winning grantmaking strategy, which invested nearly $4M nationally and helped break the mold for moving more money to social movements. He has also led a community-based organization responding to the Foreclosure Crisis, successfully advocated for stronger state housing policies, and consulted on more than two-dozen electoral campaigns. Tyler’s work featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Forbes, Associated Press, NPR, Inside Philanthropy, and more. He is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Nonet Sykes, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Nonet Sykes currently serves as Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer (CEIO) for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI). As CEIO, Nonet provides cooperative leadership, management, and strategic planning for equity and inclusion related to the Atlanta BeltLine. The CEIO position is heavily involved in formulating policies that address health and sustainability in communities, innovation in community outreach and communication, displacement mitigation, and long-term affordable housing efforts. Nonet Sykes was previously the Director of Race, Equity, and Inclusion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where her responsibilities included the design and implementation of strategies to operationalize the Foundation’s commitment to racial and ethnic equity and inclusion both within the organization and throughout its programs and grantmaking. Prior to the Casey Foundation, Nonet was the deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for the Maryland Center for Community Development where she was responsible for managing capacity building programs to support community development corporations and other non-profit organizations throughout the state of Maryland. Nonet also served as Executive Director of Tri-Churches Housing, Inc. and Community Development Specialist with the Baltimore Community Development Financing Corporation. Nonet’s 20 plus years of experience spans the areas of community development, program strategy and development, nonprofit effectiveness, and organizational culture and change leadership.
Jon Thompson, Comunidad Connect
Jon Thompson is the co-founder of Comunidad Connect, a non-profit organization alleviating poverty in Nicaragua via asset based community development since 2007. Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Jon graduated from Centre College in 1997 with a B.A. in History and travelled extensively throughout Central America shortly thereafter. Upon returning to Atlanta, he obtained his Masters in Social Work from Georgia State University with a focus on community partnerships. He managed the Individual Development Account program for first time homeownership at United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta upon graduation. When he moved to Nicaragua in 2005, there were 400 low income families in the pipeline and 200+ in homes without a single foreclosure, making it one of the largest and most successful IDA programs in the country. Comunidad Connect manages community health, youth development and community impact programs with approximately 10,000 direct beneficiaries. Jon moved back to Atlanta in 2015, and currently lives there with his wife and two children. He continues to manage Comunidad Connect and Sustainable Trade, his small coffee company linked to his organic coffee farm in Nicaragua.
Tené Traylor, The Kendeda Fund
Tené Traylor is Fund Advisor for The Kendeda Fund, overseeing the Atlanta program. Prior to joining the Fund, Tené was a senior program officer at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. For ten years, she led their community development and neighborhood transformation grant making, including the Neighborhood Fund. Tené launched several programs and initiatives for the Community Foundation, helping identify, develop and steward collaborative relationships and resources to amplify the importance of place-based philanthropy, equity and civic leadership. A proud Atlanta native, Tené has spent her career in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, spending nearly six years at United Way for Greater Atlanta, before moving to The Zeist Foundation, Inc. Tené holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in public policy and nonprofit administration from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Georgia State University.
Janelle Williams, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Janelle Williams currently serves as Senior Associate for The Annie E. Casey Foundation where she leads the economic opportunity portfolio. She also develops collaborative partnerships to advance strategies and goals that support families in the city’s Neighborhood Planning Unit V and across the city and state. Janelle has extensive research experience in an array of socioeconomic and international issues. She served as co-author for Changing the Odds report that explores how race and community of residence continue to create barriers that keep Atlanta’s residents, particularly those of color, from reaching their full potential. She previously led efforts to incorporate data analysis and evaluation into program design and implementation at the Center for Working Families Inc. for four years. Before that, she helped assess the statewide implementation of the Reading First curriculum in kindergarten through third grade at the University of Georgia. She also has served as a congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, conducting policy research and analysis on issues tied to education, health, workforce development and immigration. Williams holds a PhD in International Family and Community Studies from Clemson University, a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy from the University of Georgia, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Florida Memorial University.