BCM Georgia, Inc. Announces Greg Cole as President and Chief Executive Officer

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Today, BCM Georgia Inc. announces Greg Cole as its President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Cole brings his transformational leadership style and more than 15 years of nonprofit senior executive experience to help the 37-year-old organization fulfill its statewide mission. He holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Florida. He is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2022. 

“We welcome Greg’s holistic stewardship and his nonprofit acumen as we continue to develop the programs and resources households are seeking to elevate their possibilities for economic empowerment,” said Roy F. Jenkins III, Chair, BCM Georgia, Inc. “As a statewide nonprofit housing organization with emergency assistance and one-on-one financial education resources, we look to the experience and agility of a leader like Greg to evolve our organization as we navigate the complexities that life and the cost of living present to many of our Georgia households.” 

Cole honed his nonprofit executive leadership skills in the housing space and in development roles for Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville and at Habitat for Humanity International. While there, he was Director of Development and led a strategic focus on closing 5-figure gifts. Most recently, he was the Executive Director at Emmaus House, an Atlanta nonprofit improving the economic and social well-being of the residents of Peoplestown and surrounding neighborhoods. At BCM Georgia, he will oversee a 16-member staff and a 16-member board of directors.  

A funder of both BCM Georgia and Emmaus House for more than a decade has been The Zeist Foundation, and its Executive Director, Atiba Mbiwan, shares this statement, “I had the good fortune to meet Greg when he was in the development role, and I watched him rise to the occasion as the executive director at Emmaus House. It is clear to me that Greg is ready and able to lead BCM at this stage in its growth from an Atlanta organization to a nonprofit organization serving children, youth, and families across the state of Georgia.” 

“I have dedicated my career to nonprofit fundraising in support of housing and social services and with this new opportunity I look forward to leading the seasoned team of professionals at BCM Georgia in support of our mission,” explains Greg Cole, President and CEO, BCM Georgia. “This is a critical time to start new conversations around equitable and affordable housing from not just a transactional approach but also from a place of dignity and respect for all households facing housing instability.”

Cole is an active community leader serving on the board of Covenant Community, Inc.; Vestry, All Saints’ Episcopal Church; Advisory Council, Atlanta Speech School; and Treasurer, Harvard Club of Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. Additionally, he has earned professional development certifications from Harvard Business School Strategic Initiatives in Nonprofit Management; Annie E. Casey Foundation Results Count Leadership Program; and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). He is the past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Atlanta Chapter.