DiShonda Hughes, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

TITLE: Mission Director

FOCUS AREAS: Women & girls, poverty, education, financial literacy

CONTACT: (404) 577-5000 ext. 104, dhughes@atlantawomen.org

PROFILE:  DiShonda Hughes is the mission director at the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She previously served as the association director of programs. She is also the best point of contact for AWF’s Community Connection program.

Her foundation bio shares:

DiShonda Hughes joined the Atlanta Women’s Foundation team in 2000, and is responsible for the management and coordination of various grantmaking initiatives and special projects. DiShonda has extensive experience in grantmaking in the areas of women’s health, economic justice, homelessness, and prevention of violence against women and girls. DiShonda has managed the distribution of $13 million to local nonprofits serving women and girls impacted by poverty. DiShonda has served on the Atlanta/Fulton SuperNOFA Grant Review Committee, Kaiser Permanente’s Safety Net Grant Review Committee, the Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, as a Deployment Captain for the Housing and Urban Development Homeless Census Count, on the Planning Committee for the Women’s Funding Network’s 2012 Annual Conference, as a member of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Women and Girls Collaborative and as a Citizen Diplomat for the Georgia Council for International Visitors. DiShonda was selected as a member of the 2006 Atlanta Civic Leadership Network Institute, and was a 2006 Southeastern Council of Foundations Hull Fellow; established to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast’s next generation of emerging leaders in philanthropy.