Leadership

Managing Director, Brenda Belcher

Brenda Belcher has served as GeorgiaForward’s Managing Director since 2019. An experienced leader in nonprofit management and external affairs, she views her mission to foster greater civic engagement and build statewide partnerships in Georgia as a reflection and outgrowth of her own beliefs. A partner of Georgia Municipal Association, GeorgiaForward works to unite the state of Georgia, strengthen communities, and create a talent pipeline within the state.

Prior to joining GMA, Brenda led government affairs and policy for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and programs and development for the ASSP Foundation.

Brenda received a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and holds two MAs from the University of Chicago, one with the Harris School of Public Policy and one with the Committee on International Relations.

Board of Directors

A.J. Robinson

Chairman, President, Central Atlanta Progress

Ben Andrews

Statewide Program Manager for the Advanced Technology Development Center

Bill Bolling

Founder and Former CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Amanda Brown-Olmstead

President, Amanda Brown-Olmstead and Associates

Carolyn “Tippi” Cain Burch

Attorney, Chalmers Burch & Adams LLC

Deke Copenhaver

Former Mayor, City of Augusta

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates

Meghan Duke

Economic Development Director, City of West Point

Amir Farokhi

Founding Director of GeorgiaForward & Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Briteweb

Mike Ford

Former President and CEO, NewTown Macon

Judge Britt C. Grant

Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Hill Hardman

Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, RouteMatch Software

Cole Posey

Director of Economic Development, Southern Regional Technical College

Kenita Williams

Director of Leadership Development, Southern Education Foundation

Ben Young

Editor in Chief and Publisher, Georgia Trend Magazine

Larry Hanson

GMA Executive Director

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