Elizabeth Brazas, Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

TITLE: President

FOCUS AREAS: Early childhood development, food & farming, people in need, and natural & cultural resources

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PROFILE: Elizabeth Brazas has been the president of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina since November 2009. Before this, she was the chief client service officer for the Threshold Group, a senior vice president and wealth management team leader for Wachovia Wealth Management. She has a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

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Elizabeth Brazas, an attorney and banking executive, was named president of The Community Foundation in 2009. Brazas is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. She has worked in the private sector at Wachovia Bank and the Threshold Group, combining philanthropic, legal and wealth management experience. Her early career as an estate attorney and trust officer developed well-honed skills in compliance, budgeting, strategic planning, marketing, work plan development, program implementation and measurement. While at Wachovia, Brazas played a significant role in broadening existing relationships and creating new alliances within and outside the corporation. In the communities in which she has lived and worked, she has been instrumental in forging valued partnerships with community leaders and long-lasting relationships with clients and colleagues. Brazas led The Community Foundation through a strategic planning process and CFWNC now focuses discretionary resources on People in Need, Early Childhood Development, Food and Farming and Preserving Natural and Cultural Resources. The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $11 million in charitable giving annually. CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.