FOCUS AREAS: Conservation and environment, early childhood education, empowering families and individuals for success, health
PROFILE: Nancy Rigby is the president of the James M. Cox Foundation and previously served as the vice president. Rigby reports to Jim Kennedy, the chairman of Cox Enterprises. She has been in her current role since February 2017 and with the foundation since February 2012.
Before that, she was the vice president of Coxe Curry & Associations for over 22 years. This was an Atlanta-based consulting firm where she counseled non-profit organizations on fundraising, leadership, and organizational sustainability.
According to a Cox press release about Rigby’s promotion:
She oversees the business management and administration of foundation operations. Under her leadership, the James M. Cox Foundation has contributed more than $75 million in Atlanta alone. The grants are expanding access to trails, parks and greenspace, as well as providing healthcare organizations with funding to reinvent patient experiences. Cox's involvement in early childhood education is helping narrow the 30-million-word gap and preparing children for success, which ultimately leads to better communities and economies.
Her professional bio shares:
As President of Cox Foundations, Nancy Rigby oversees the grants, business management and administration of foundation operations. The James M. Cox Foundation provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Enterprises operates. The Foundation concentrates its community support in several priority areas, including: Conservation and Environment; Early Childhood Education; Empowering Families and Individuals for Success; and Health.
Prior to joining Cox, Rigby was a fundraising consultant who counseled nonprofit organizations on strategic direction for management, fundraising, leadership and organizational sustainability.
Rigby is a member of Atlanta Rotary and co-founded the University of Georgia’s Parents’ Council. She is a past board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s “Grants to Green” advisory committee, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School Parents Council and the Atlanta Children's Shelter. Rigby was a featured speaker at the White House Initiative on Education Conference for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
She attended the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute.