BoardWalk Consulting Places Executive Director at Covenant House Georgia

BoardWalk Consulting Places Executive Director Covenant House Georgia

April 13, 2018 – BoardWalk Consulting, an Atlanta-based executive recruitment firm, has placed Alieizoria Redd as the new executive director of Covenant House Georgia (CHG). She succeeds Allison Ashe, who led the organization since late 2009.

“Alie Redd captivated the search committee’s attention the very first time we met her,” said board chair John Ridall, who also chaired the executive search committee.

“Her experience throughout a career focusing on young people with special challenges has prepared her exceptionally well for the mandate at Covenant House Georgia.”

Ms. Redd previously worked for CHRIS 180, an Atlanta social services group, where she has served as vice president of placement services and housing, since 2015. In that role she oversaw a 125-person team overseeing the organization’s therapeutic group homes, street outreach, community housing, permanent supportive housing and transitional living programs and related support services. Before that, she served for almost nine years as vice president, programs, among other roles, for Lutheran Services of Georgia.

“We are pleased to welcome Alie to the Covenant House family,” said Kevin Ryan, president and CEO of Covenant House International. “She is a proven leader, a results-oriented executive and, most importantly, a passionate advocate for our young people.”

Ms. Redd said she was thrilled by the possibilities of her new role. “Throughout my career, I have used my business and academic backgrounds to create, manage and ensure high quality social service programs,” she said. “With Covenant House Georgia, I am especially excited by the opportunity to help formulate strategies and strategic partnerships to bring safety, security, unconditional love and support to the region’s most vulnerable populations.”


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As the area’s leading non-profit serving homeless and trafficked youth ages 17 to 21, Covenant House Georgia has provided a fresh start to thousands of young people in a stable, loving environment. In the past eight years, CHGA has tripled the number of youth served (to nearly 1,400 in the past 12 months), doubled its funding from private sources and successfully concluded a $4.1 million capital campaign that made possible a new campus and expanded services. CHGA is part of Covenant House International, the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care and a suite of other services to homeless and runaway youth.

Experienced Recruiters

BoardWalk Consulting is a national search firm specializing in the recruitment of CEOs and senior leaders for operating non-profits and foundations. Since its founding in 2002, the firm has conducted some 350 engagements for clients in at least 29 states.

Its list of nationally prominent clients include: Year Up, Anti-Defamation League, Jane Goodall Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center and the CDC Foundation. While most of the firm’s clients are operating non-profits, BoardWalk has recruited heads for nearly 30 public and private foundations across the country.

Turning to Search Firms

In recent months, a handful of non-profit organizations that focus on providing services to the homeless have turned to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives.

McCormack+Kristel has been retained by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to lead in its search for a chief financial officer and a chief program officer. Managing partner Joseph McCormack and partner Michelle Kristel are leading both assignments.

U.K.-based executive recruiter Saxton Bampfylde has been tapped by the National Housing Federation to lead in its search for a new CEO following the upcoming retirement of David Orr. Established in 1935, the National Housing Federation is a trade association that represents providers of housing, much of it termed “affordable housing” in England.

Gans, Gans & Associates has been retained by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) in Toledo, OH, to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Executive recruiter Ernest Barefield is heading the assignment. The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority has provided housing opportunities to Lucas, Fulton, Wood and Monroe county residents for over 80 years.

TalentRISE placed Scott Ammarell as CEO of Chicago House. The search was conducted by Carl Kutsmode, partner, and Jennifer Chapman, director of executive search. Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services…

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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