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
Chairman, President, Central Atlanta Progress
Statewide Program Manager for the Advanced Technology Development Center
Founder and Former CEO, Atlanta Community Food Bank
President, Amanda Brown-Olmstead and Associates
Carolyn “Tippi” Cain Burch
Attorney, Chalmers Burch & Adams LLC
Former Mayor, City of Augusta
Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates
Economic Development Director, City of West Point
Founding Director of GeorgiaForward & Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Briteweb
Former President and CEO, NewTown Macon
Judge Britt C. Grant
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Director of Corporate Strategy and Development, RouteMatch Software
Director of Economic Development, Southern Regional Technical College
Director of Leadership Development, Southern Education Foundation
Editor in Chief and Publisher, Georgia Trend Magazine
GMA Executive Director