Michelle PraterPresident & CEO email@example.com
Michelle Prater grew up in Ohio and moved to Georgia in 1990. She attended University of North Georgia where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in both marketing and management. She then received her MBA in Leadership Development from Brenau University.
Michelle was a vice president in banking for over 10 years atRegions Bank then BB&T, where she led a highly successful team. During this time, Michelle and her team won many sales and leadership awards. She served on the board for the Red Cross as well as the finance and personnel committees at her church. After a mission trip to Uganda in 2005, she decided to leave corporate America and work in the non-profit sector so that she could make a greater impact on those in need.
Her first non-profit role was the US Finance Manager for an international non-profit, LDI Inc. She led the US finance office while also overseeing five Chinese accounting offices located at international schools throughout China. When Michelle left LDI, she worked in development management for Map International and then for United Way. Throughout this time, Michelle raised over $5 million per year for the community. Her last position with United Way of Greater Atlanta was leading the volunteerism department as Senior Director. Michelle created a new synergy around volunteerism and grew this department to the point that it has become a leading income producer for UWGA as well as a key strategy in connecting donors to the work they are supporting.
In October 2015, Michelle accepted the position of President and CEO with the North Georgia Community Foundation, which serves 15 counties in the Northeast corner of the state. The North Georgia Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the spirit of the community and the quality of life in the greater North Georgia region by building, preserving, and distributing philanthropic assets. With Michelle at the helm, the organization has exceeded their longtime goal of $50 million in assets and is in the process of creating a non-profit university where NGCF will be the leader in providing education and development to non-profits within the North Georgia area.
Michelle has been a member of the United Way Worldwide Volunteerism Engagement Council, The United Way Worldwide NFL Council, Leadership Forsyth, and has won several awards for her work. She is currently the Resource Development Committee Chair for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier board and is on the strategic planning committee at Sisu. She also serves on the UNG Mike Cottrell College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.
Michelle focuses on making an impact on others in her personal time as well. She has gone on mission trips to China, Romania, Bolivia and as mentioned above, Uganda. She has been a mentor for over 18 years, even mentoring the same boy from 1st grade through his graduation in 2013. She is a member of Christ Place Church in Oakwood, Ga.