Felecia Lucky, Black Belt Community Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Arts, community and economic development, education, health and wellness

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PROFILE: Felecia Lucky is the executive director of the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama. She has been with the funder since May 2004 and was previously the executive director of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority.

Her foundation bio shares:

Felecia Lucky is the Executive Director of the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama.  The Black Belt Community Foundation was established to support community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation and success in Alabama’s 12 poorest counties—the Black Belt.  As Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Lucky values regular input from the communities and works diligently to strengthen the communities in the areas of the environment, health and human services, education, youth, arts and culture, and economic and community development in an effort to transform Alabama’s Black Belt.
Mrs. Lucky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University.  She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama.
Prior to serving as Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Lucky worked as an Internal Auditor in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as an Accounting Supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee for Cargill, Inc.  Mrs. Lucky then returned home to Alabama to serve as Executive Director of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority.  This position provided a tremendous opportunity for Mrs. Lucky to affect positive change in her home county.   With a sincere desire to improve the quality of life for Sumter County citizens, Mrs. Lucky worked with Auburn University to spearhead Sumter County’s first leadership development program (which graduated its first class in 1999).
Mrs. Lucky is very active in community development, serving on a variety of committees and board’s, including Governor Bob Riley’s newly appointed Black Belt Action Commission, the Southern Rural Development Initiative, Alabama Giving, and the Greene-Sumter Enterprise Community, Inc.
Fraternal and professional affiliations include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Council on Foundations, and Southeastern Council on Foundations.  Mrs. Lucky is a graduate of both Leadership Alabama (2001) and Leadership Sumter County (1999).  Ms. Jones is also 2006 Southeastern Council on Foundations Hull Fellow.
Mrs. Lucky is the daughter of Almeta Larkin and Wendell Paris, Sr.  She is a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston, Alabama where she serves as Minister of Music for the Youth Choir.

Learn more about her background and perspective in the local news article, A daughter of the Black Belt is inspiring a renaissance in the state's poorest regions.