Four Leaders Join Community Foundation Board of Directors

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces four additions to its Board of Directors: Millard Choate, Susan Grant, Jerry Wilkinson and Studie Young. Each will serve a five-year term.
“These individuals bring us a comprehensive background for both business success and nonprofit board service,” said Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation. “We gain an entrepreneurial mindset as well as the depth of experience for expanding an enterprise on a global scale. Both ends of that spectrum are invaluable as we continue an aggressive path of growth which requires us to keep our eye on the 30,000-foot view as well as the view from the neighborhoods that make up our region.”
Millard Choate is the Chairman and CEO of Choate Construction Company, founded in 1989 and now one of the largest commercial building contractors in the southeastern U.S. With over three decades of contracting experience, Choate is responsible for the direction of all operations of the firm including marketing, preconstruction and construction operations. Choate has served on the board of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and serves as a Director on the Board of Fidelity Bank, is an active member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), serves on various Chambers of Commerce and is a member of Atlanta Rotary.
Susan Grant is retired from CNN, where she led a portfolio of global digital and affiliate businesses as Executive Vice President of CNN News Services. During her tenure, CNN Digital became the internet’s leading news destination globally across online and mobile platforms. Grant serves as Chair of Heifer International, a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to ending hunger and poverty, as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine and as Chair of Agnes Scott College's Board of Visitors. She lends her voice to raise awareness about race relations as the co-program chair for Leadership Atlanta, is a volunteer and Board member of the Zaban Paradies Center and is a member of the CHRIS Kids Advisory Board and the Grady Ambassador Force.
Jerry Wilkinson is founder and Chairman of The Wilkinson Companies, a privately-held real estate investment, management and construction firm. Since 1984, Wilkinson has directed the operations and growth of the Wilkinson Companies and its subsidiaries. He has served as a Chairman of the National Apartment Association and as President of the Georgia Apartment Association and the Atlanta Apartment Association. He is a member of the NAA and GAA Hall of Fame. He also serves on the boards of the Duke University School of Engineering, LaGrange College, Apartment Life Inc. and Grace Hill.
Studie Young has been a leader in Atlanta’s residential real estate market for 30 years and a consistent top producer with Harry Norman, Realtors. Over her 30-year career, she has specialized in the Buckhead area with career sales volume exceeding $500 million. She has been an active member of the Wesleyan School PTA and past president of the Morris Brandon PTA. She is an elder at First Presbyterian Church and was a founding member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Prayer Breakfast.
“I’m especially pleased that each new board member is also a donor to the Community Foundation,” Philipps added. “They are already familiar with how we work and our role as a regional anchor institution, which will go far toward propelling our success.”
These new board members join those continuing their service to the Community Foundation:

John Reid, Chair

Kathleen Barksdale, Rockdale Foundation

Frank Bell, Intellinet

Edward Croft, Croft &Bender

Patrice Greer

Jeffrey Muir, Fulcrum Equity Partners

Joe Oesterling, Liquid Web

Barbara Bing Pliner

Bryan Rand, Belstone Capital

Teresa Rivero, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Joan King Salwen

Dave Stockert

Ramon Tomé

Gregory Vaughan, M.D., Spencer Stuart