Special to the Journal
The United Way of Southwest Georgia announces that LaKisha Bryant has been hired as Chief Executive Officer for the organization.
“By bringing LaKisha on board in this position, we hope to continue to cultivate a spirit of pride in the United Way as well as garner more support for our fund development campaigns and enhance the organization as we position for the future”, said Jim Deal, United Way Board of Directors Chair. “Having LaKisha as CEO is great for us here locally, because she is a product of this community and passionate about the people in this community. She understands the importance of the relationship between the United Way and our partner agencies.”
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve my community and help make a difference in the lives of so many that utilize the countless number of services that the partner agencies provide in Southwest Georgia”, said LaKisha Bryant. “I’m also equally excited to continue to serve as a model for girls and young women as I lead this organization as the first female to serve as CEO.”
Bryant’s areas of expertise range from non-profit administration to fund development, from public relations to project management and from cause marketing to event planning. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications (Advertising/Public Relations emphasis) The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Claflin College in Orangeburg, SC. She brings over 16 years of professional experience to her current position; 9 in the non-profit sector. She has held many positions in the Albany community; more recently as Executive Director of Girls Incorporates of Albany.
LaKisha has given her all to Girls Inc. of Albany during her tenure as Executive Director, and leaves us an organization that is thoughtful, accountable and strong”, say Barbara Rivera Holmes, Girls Inc. Board President. “It’s tough to see her move on, but that is softened knowing that, through the United Way, she will continue her extraordinary work for the benefit of all of Southwest Georgia.
The United Way of Southwest Georgia’s vision is “To bring the diverse aspects of our community together to meet current health and human service needs and to proactively address future issues.” The agency serves thirteen counties in Southwest Georgia and focuses on four areas of community impact: education, income, health and basic needs. Twenty-two partner agencies receive annual financial support from funds given by individual and corporate donors in the annual United Way campaign.