Che D. Watkins
President and CEO | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Che Watkins has more than 20 years of experience in external affairs, public policy, business development, and finance. She most recently served as a consultant with the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, serving as a liaison to the board. Che led the initial implementation of an organizational restructuring plan to make the agency more lean, efficient, and accountable. Prior to her time at AWDA, Che served as Education and Campaign Manager the Metro Atlanta Voter Education Network (MAVEN) and Citizens for Transportation Mobility (CTM). MAVEN and CTM were the organizations established to execute the $9 million voter education and advocacy effort to draw 300,000 voters to the polls to pass the $8 billion transportation referendum for the metro Atlanta region.
She spent more than four years with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of External Affairs where she leveraged her acute skills to develop relationships with local government officials, metro area Chambers, regional and community nonprofits, corporate leaders and other community voices. She also managed the Chamber’s Greater Grady Task Force and the “Save Grady” Campaign. Che began her career with J.P. Morgan & Co. as a Financial Accountant and later as an Associate, before moving into client interfacing leadership positions for seven years at Bank of America. Che received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Spelman College, and her MBA from New York University. She is deeply rooted in the community, serving on local and regional boards including Hammonds House Museum, Art Papers Magazine, Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and United Way of Greater Atlanta. Volunteer and mentor work includes Spelman College, Junior League of Metropolitan Atlanta, Cool Girls, Inc., United Way VIP and others. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2009.
Chief Program Officer | e: email@example.com
Nichole Jefferson serves as Chief Program Officer for TCWFI, overseeing all programs and services, data and evaluation and grants compliance functions for the agency. Jefferson brings a wealth of experience to the Center, with over 20 years in leadership positions for various nonprofits in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. She has a track record for leading high performing teams and organizations, as well as strategy and implementation of new programs. Nichole is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Nichole is a graduate of Strayer University.
Chief External Affairs Officer | e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jomal serves as the Chief External Affairs Officer for the Center, with responsibilities including fundraising, communications, workforce development, community engagement and stakeholder expansion for the agency. Vailes works closely with the CEO and Board of Directors to cultivate partnerships and philanthropic support for operations and programs. Vailes, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), joins the Center from the Georgia Aquarium where he served as Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations. His career in Atlanta’s nonprofit sectors spans more than 15 years including fundraising and leadership roles with various nonprofits. Vailes is a 2012 Atlanta Leaders for Results (ALR) Fellow of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He serves on the Young Executive Board of True Colors Theater Company and is a member and an inaugural Diversity Fellow of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; member of the African-American Development Officers Network and Southeastern Network of African-Americans in Philanthropy (SNAAP).
Administration and Operations
Danielle Clay | Administrative Manager
Geraldine Rodgers | Administrative Specialist
Development and External Affairs
Cathi Athaide | Development
Jomal Vailes | Chief External Affairs Officer
Marcus Hall | Community Outreach Specialist
Africa Roberson | Workforce Development Manager
Lead Safe Atlanta Program
Edwina Cleveland | Lead Safe Atlanta Program Manager
Mozelle Kendrick | Technician
Muhammad Khateeb | File and Admin Specialist
Sheridan Talley | Crew Chief
Family Economic Success Program
Nicholé Jefferson | Chief Program Officer
Constance Willis | Family Economic Success Program Manager
Rosendo Corpus | Pathway Coach
Tera Bell | Data and Evaluation Analyst
Tracy Coram | Trainer
Kiva Holmes | Administrative Specialist
Walter Evans | Trainer
Chervon Grant | Trainer
Keren Cadet | Two-Generation Coordinator
Christopher Harrington | Pathway Coach
Ryan Moore | Pathway Coach