Michelle PraterPresident & CEO email@example.com
Michelle Prater, an Ohio native, moved to Georgia to attend the University of North Georgia where she earned a bachelor’s degree in both marketing and management. She continued her education at Brenau University earning her MBA in Leadership Development.
After a successful banking career, Michelle decided to leave corporate America and move into the nonprofit sector so that she could make a greater impact on those in need. She worked in development for LDI Inc. and Map International before landing in her role as Senior Director of Volunteerism at United Way of Greater Atlanta at United Way.
In October 2015, Michelle accepted the position of President and CEO with the North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF). NGCF helps people and nonprofits invest generously in the lives of those who call our community home. NGCF had $42M in assets under management when Michelle came on board; within five years of her at the helm, the organization’s asset size nearly tripled. Under her leadership, NGCF has also become the go to resource for nonprofit training in North Georgia, offering learning opportunities for nonprofit Executive Directors and their staff on topics designed specifically for their organizations.
Michelle currently serves on the UNG Mike Cottrell College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, the Georgia Forward Board of Directors, the Philanthropy Southeast Community Foundation Council, the Women of UNG Scholarship Committee, the Sisu Strategic Planning Committee, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier Board of Directors as well as their Finance Committee. She is also an Evaluation Panel Reviewer for the Yield Giving Open Call: a $250M grant program managed by Lever for Change. In the past, Michelle has been a part of the COVID-19 Community Leadership Coalition, the United Way Worldwide Volunteerism Engagement Council, the United Way Worldwide NFL Council, and Leadership Forsyth. She was also the recipient of the 2021 Brenau University Community Service Award.
Michelle focuses on making an impact on others in her personal time as well. She started mentoring a young boy, Jay, when he was in first grade and stayed his mentor through his graduation in 2013. When Jay unexpectedly passed away in 2017, Michelle stepped in to provide support for his infant son and she remains actively involved in his care today.