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Kari B. Love – Chief Executive Officer, Ext. 110

Kari Love headshot color Kari Brown Love joined The Atlanta Women’s Foundation in February 2014 as Vice President of Development and Communications, continuing her 23-year career as a leader in the Atlanta non-profit and broadcast communities. Kari began her career at WYAY & WYAI – FM as Promotions/Public Relations Director. Later she moved to WFOX – FM as Promotions and Marketing Director. She was recruited to join Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama in 2003 as Director of Development, and was later promoted to Vice President of Corporate Development & Special Events.

An Atlanta native, Kari is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a major in Communications and a minor in French. In connection with her French studies, she completed an immersion sequence at the Universite De Borgogne in Dijon, France. She was affiliated with Kappa Alpha Theta, national social sorority. She is a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, where she serves on the Congregation Council, and is liaison to the church’s Children’s and Family Ministry Board.

 

DiShonda Hughes – Executive Vice President of Mission, Ext. 104

DiShonda headshot DiShonda Hughes joined The Atlanta Women’s Foundation team in 2000. As Executive Vice President of Mission, she is responsible for effectively managing various grantmaking initiatives, and fostering legislative and public action that will support the elimination of generational poverty among women and girls and increasing the number of women on nonprofit boards through the Women on Board Program. She has extensive experience in grantmaking in the areas of Women’s Health, Economic Justice, Homelessness, and Prevention of Violence Against Women, and has managed the distribution of over $14.5 million to local nonprofits serving women and girls impacted by poverty.

DiShonda was selected as a member of the Atlanta Civic Leadership Network Institute, and as a member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellows Program, established to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast’s next generation of emerging leaders in philanthropy. She is currently a member the Women’s Community Leadership Alliance, Georgia Birth to Five Coalition and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Women and Girls Collaborative.

 

Ali Cobb – Director of Development, Ext. 106

Ali Cobb headshot Ali Cobb joined The Atlanta Women’s Foundation in March 2017 as the Director of Development. Most recently in Greenville, South Carolina, Ali served as the Annual Fund Manager for Make-A-Wish® South Carolina where she was responsible for donor communications, stewardship management, prospect research and individual donor relationships. Additionally, Ali held roles in development, special events and volunteer management with The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, South Carolina, Erlanger Health System Foundations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Make-A-Wish Georgia and the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. During her time with these organizations, Ali worked on a variety of fundraising campaigns, including athletic events, black tie affairs, employee giving, peer to peer fundraising, direct marketing and more.

Ali earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from Florida State University, has a certificate in Annual Giving from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Madison Institute and a certificate in Interaction Management from Development Dimensions International.

 

Michelle Drummond – Director of Finance and Operations, Ext. 107

Michelle Drummond headshot Michelle Drummond joined AWF in February of 2009 as Executive Assistant to the CEO.  Her stay with the Foundation was supposed to be temporary, but after discovering that there was a need for her financial and accounting background, the opportunity presented itself for her to hang around a little longer.  Fast forward 3 ½ years and you will find Michelle managing the daily operations of the office as well as making sure the debits and the credits balance at the end of the month.  When she is not at AWF trying to change the world, one girl at a time, you may find her running the streets of Atlanta, in someone’s dance class, or creating a masterpiece by hand.

 

Kate Balzer – Development and Communications Manager, Ext. 102

Balzer Family Portrait Kate Balzer joined The Atlanta Women’s Foundation in July of 2011. As Development and Communications Manager, she is responsible for creating and managing internal and external communications, social media, and the website.  She also assists with special events, fundraising, and the Women on Board program. Passionate about community service since her first volunteer project at age 9, she is driven to helping communities develop sustainable, local solutions to socio-economic challenges.  Bilingual in English and Spanish, Kate earned a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and a Master of Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  While a master’s candidate she interned with CARE USA in Bolivia and consulted for several nonprofit organizations on their organizational development, including Central Coast YMCA, Global Majority, and Hands On Bay Area.  Kate was also a founding Board Member and Co-Chair of the revived chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta) and is currently Board Chair of Emory University’s Friends of Dance Advisory Board.