Southface Annual Report

2016: A year of transition and visioning

 

Barry Goldman

BARRY R. GOLDMAN, CHAIR

Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Dear friends of Southface,

2016 was a year of planning, transition and visioning for the Southface staff and governing board in preparation for new leadership. The senior staff team refined best-in-class management practices. Thanks to a Toolbox Grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the board received consulting and coaching to transition from a board working alongside a founding Executive Director to one that will work with the new leader to build upon existing infrastructure and expand Southface’s impact. The board elected to change the title from Executive Director to President to demonstrate our expectation that the new Southface leader will bring a network of national renown across mission-related disciplines in order to broaden and deepen the organization’s influence.
Our policy team saw transition as well with the retirement of our Senior Policy Fellow, John Sibley. Lisa Bianchi-Fossati joined the staff mid-year as Southface’s first Policy Director. In this capacity, Lisa will build upon the achievements of Southface in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions with legislatures and utility commissions. She will also help develop an expanded agenda on policy matters, including energy codes, green infrastructure and sustainable development strategies.

Thank you for your interest in Southface. Please enjoy these highlights from last year, and continue to look upon us as a resource.

Sincerely,
Barry R. Goldman
Board Chair
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