TITLE: Director, Community Affairs
FUNDING AREAS: Education, community enrichment, the environment, entrepreneurship
CONTACT: (404) 652-4000
PROFILE: Charmaine Ward is director of Community Affairs for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation, overseeing the corporate side of Georgia-Pacific's grants program. Her bio on the Atlanta Business League's website reads:
Charmaine Ward is Director of Community Affairs for Georgia-Pacific responsible for philanthropic programs nationwide, including community partnerships, employee volunteerism programs and the management of grants and charitable contributions. In her role, Charmaine works closely with internal executives, as well as community and civic leaders to develop and support programs and initiatives that are aligned with the business goals and philanthropic strategies of Georgia-Pacific.
IBM, Showtime Networks, Bank of America and John H. Harland all entrusted Charmaine to skillfully manage marketing teams and budgets, successfully lead community relations programs and diversity initiatives, and flawlessly execute product introductions and branding campaigns. She has created tremendous value and served as a corporate leader for these companies during her more than 20 years in corporate America, holding senior level positions in sales, marketing, community affairs and diversity.
Charmaine gives back by serving on various civic and community boards. She is currently the President of the National Black MBA Association, Atlanta Chapter. She serves on the City of Atlanta Board of Ethics, as well as the boards of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Atlanta Chapter; Atlanta Business League; Professional Association of Georgia Educators; Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Partners for Education; Dekalb County Education Fund and West End Medical Center. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an alumni of Leadership Atlanta.
In addition to holding corporate and civic leadership positions, Charmaine is a noted speaker and trainer for non-profit organizations, entrepreneur/small business organizations and higher education institutions on topics including: leadership, managing change, financial empowerment, developing a life plan, public speaking, networking, customer service, interviewing & resume writing and marketing.
Charmaine has received numerous awards: 2010 Who’s Who In Black Atlanta 30 Powerhouse Women, 2010 Atlanta Business League 100 Most Influential Black Women in Atlanta, 2009 Woman In Philanthropy from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Nu Lambda Omega Chapter.
Charmaine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and earned an MBA with honors from the Executive MBA program at Kennesaw State University.