Frank A. Fernandez

President & Chief Executive Officer at Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Frank A. Fernandez

Frank A. Fernandez

President & Chief Executive Officer at Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Biography

Frank Fernandez joined the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in August 2020, where he leads one of America’s top 20 largest community foundations. The united power of his prior experience and the anchor institution’s 70 years of regional leadership combine as a force for good, championing equity across metro Atlanta.

Frank builds upon the Foundation’s exceptional resources, leveraging a full range of assets – human, reputational and financial – to pursue equity of opportunity through servant leadership, sustainable change making and inspired philanthropy that ultimately fulfills the Foundation’s mission to increase the vitality of the region and the well-being of all residents.

Prior to joining the Foundation, he served for six years as the Senior Vice President for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation where he led transformational revitalization of Atlanta’s Westside while simultaneously directing Blank’s community development, global giving, health access and social justice initiatives.

A recognized leader on affordable housing, transportation and economic development, Fernandez’ 15 years in management positions in Texas prior to joining the Blank Foundation included eight years leading Green Doors, an Austin nonprofit devoted to transforming lives and neighborhoods and five years as Deputy Director of PeopleFund, a community development financial institution. His work has been honored with the 2005 Austin Livable City Vision Award, the 2008 Austin Under 40 Nonprofit Leadership Award and the 2012 Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

A son of Cuban immigrants, Frank is a Florida native and holds a B.A. in philosophy from Harvard University and an M.P.A. from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. After graduation, he worked on Wall Street as a public sector financial analyst for Salomon Smith Barney, structuring over $1 billion in financial transactions, before pursuing his graduate degree. He and his wife, Tina, live in Inman Park and are the parents of daughter, Lucia, and son, Francisco.

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Former President at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Executive Director, American Explorers, LLC at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Senior Program Director, Amb West Philanthropies at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Director of Land & Wildlife Conservation at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Program Director, American Explorers at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Director of Community Activation at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Partner at Alston & Bird LLP

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Senior Director of Foundation Communications at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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President & Director at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Managing Director at MacArthur Foundation

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Frank A. Fernandez
President & Chief Executive Officer at Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
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The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.

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Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
2020 - Current

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta provide personalized service to philanthropists. It has creates a network that connects community members, nonprofits and other partners to strengthen the Atlanta region through philanthropy. The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Senior Vice President
2014 - Prior

Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

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