The Center for Working Families, Inc. Appoints Four New Members to its Board of Directors
Atlanta, GA (August 2015) – The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCFWI) is proud to announce the appointment of four new members to serve on the board of directors, bringing its membership to 15. The expansion supports a key organizational goal for 2015 as the workforce development agency begins implementation of its 2015-2020 strategic plan. The three year terms were effective immediately on August 1, 2015.
The new members of the TCWFI board include: Stuart Andreason, Senior Community and Economic Development Adviser (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta); Jen Bennecke, President (Jenson Strategic Partners); Ashley Carson, Senior Vice President – Corporate Banking (Atlantic Capital Bank) and Helen Parker, Retired Regional Administrator, Atlanta Region (U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration).
“We are excited about these great leaders deciding to lend their talents to support TCWFI. This is a critical time for the Center as we work to activate our 2020 strategic plan. Jen, Ashley, Helen and Stuart each brings a unique perspective and set of skills that will be instrumental in galvanizing a broader cross-section of the community as we move the ball forward to serve more families,” said Che D. Watkins, President & CEO. TCWFI Chairman of the Board of Directors, Talley C. Wells added, “We couldn’t be happier with their appointments, and look forward to building on the strengths of our existing board, staff and stakeholders to further elevate the organization.”
Stuart Andreason is the liaison for specializing in human capital and workforce development, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major fields of study are workforce, human capital, development policy and economic development policy, with a specialization in labor market and socioeconomic conditions in metropolitan areas. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Andreason was a research associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania (PennIUR). There, he helped develop a set of indicators of livable and sustainable communities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded by the Ford Foundation.
Jen Bennecke is a dedicated community leader and diligent volunteer in the community while sitting on various other nonprofit boards including the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Foster Care Support Foundation, as well as the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Community Partnership Committee and Wellspring Living Advisory Council. She also founded a task force that became the nation’s first statewide collaborative to address the commercial exploitation of children ,through her philanthropic efforts she has raised millions for local non-profits, managed thousands of volunteers and served more than 100,000 women and children.
Ashley Carson is responsible for managing and expanding Atlanta’s Capital Bank’s non-profit and emerging growth portfolio. An active member of the business and civic community, Ms. Carson has been a member of the Midtown Atlanta Rotary for 10 years and has sat on the Board for 6 of those years in leadership positions. She is an alumnus of the Georgia 100/Achieva Program, the Coca Cola Diversity Leadership Program and the Sotheby’s Decorative Arts Course in New York.
Helen Parker oversaw approximately $2.5 billion in federal grant resources to state and local grantees. She provided leadership and direction to the workforce systeminthe states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Her employment and training administration expertise was generated through The Georgia Department of Labor & Workforce Development.