GREENSBORO, N.C. (2/11/12) – The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is pleased to announce that Mona Gillis Edwards will join its team as the new Chief Operating Officer, effective March 11.
Edwards has been actively involved with The Community Foundation since joining its board in 2008, serving on its Executive Committee, chairing its Marketing Committee and playing an integral role in the creation of the Foundation’s current five-year Strategic Plan.
“We are excited to bring Mona on board at the Foundation,” said Walker Sanders, Foundation president. “Her unique skills are a perfect match for the Foundation, which has reached a seminal moment in its evolution.”
Sanders pointed out that as it approaches its 30th year, The Community Foundation is experiencing a more complex and ever-changing external environment that requires the organization to develop new strategies to successfully achieve its mission. As such, the Foundation’s organizational structure must realign to address these changing needs.
“In doing so,” Sanders said, “we wanted to create an expanded and dedicated COO position that will align policies and procedures with our changing compliance and strategy requirements.”
In her new role, Edwards will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Foundation. She also will assist the president in translating Foundation goals into the overall operational plan, thus better ensuring the successful execution of the Foundation’s strategies to effectively serve the community.
John Bakane, chair of the Foundation board, pointed out that this new structure “also will allow the president of the Foundation more time to focus on important external matters and community opportunities. We think Mona will be a strong addition to the team, and we welcome her to the Foundation.”
A resident of Greensboro for more than 20 years, Edwards is a vice president and chief of staff at the internationally renowned Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), based in Greensboro. There, Edwards oversaw the implementation of a $1 million capacity building grant, revamped CCL’s board procedures, helped lead an organization-wide culture initiative, administered the design and launch of the senior level mentoring program, lead executive searches and became a CCL-certified coach.
In addition, between 1995 and 2001, Edwards served as deputy city manager and assistant city manager for the City of Greensboro and was responsible for more than 1,100 city employees. Prior to her work with the city, she served as the Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Compliance Officer at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; was an Unemployment Insurance Claims Deputy at the Virginia Employment Commission and was an attorney with Edwards Law Offices in Roanoke, Va.
She earned a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.
Edwards also has a long track record of community service and volunteer work. She volunteered with a number of Guilford County Schools PTA groups, co-chaired the “Voices/Choices” study, is a former chair of the advisory board of IMPACT Greensboro and holds current board memberships with the United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Communities-in-Schools agency.
“I have a real passion for both our community and community service,” Edwards said. “I’m thrilled by the challenges and opportunities I will face through my work with The Community Foundation – and the difference I know we can make together for the greater Greensboro area.”
Edwards and her husband, Emanuel, have two children.