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SECF’s Dwayne Marshall Accepts New Position with Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga


Dwayne Marshall, SECF's senior director of programs and partnerships, has accepted a new position as vice president of community investment at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. He is expected to transition to his new role by the end of the year.

Marshall, who for more than six years has successfully led the development, execution and evaluation of SECF's grantmaker education programming while strengthening relationships with other regional and national philanthropy serving organizations and beyond, has made significant contributions to SECF's growth and development during his tenure.

"Today is a bittersweet day for SECF," said President & CEO Janine Lee. "Dwayne has proven himself to be a true leader in our field. His tireless work ethic and deep belief in the power of philanthropy are reflected in the strong slate of programs and opportunities for connection SECF offers its members today. During Dwayne's time at SECF, we have become the first point of contact for many national organizations looking for greater engagement in the Southeast - a development undoubtedly due to Dwayne's work in positioning SECF as a national leader in the philanthropic sector."

Marshall's staff leadership on resource development, in particular, stands out, Lee said.

"The list of organizations SECF can count on for regular support has grown each year of Dwayne's tenure," Lee said. "He has expertly cultivated, maintained and deepened dozens of relationships with supporters who understand the value of partnering with SECF."

Marshall's new role will see him work with members of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga board, staff, and community partners to oversee and guide the implementation of a bold vision of a community where all children have access to a high-quality public education regardless of their socio-economic status or background and where opportunities for upward mobility enable individuals and families to move out of poverty and thrive. Dwayne will oversee the foundation's strategic grantmaking and community impact programs, including the foundation's college access strategies.

In addition, Marshall will play a lead role in developing the foundation's local impact investing program focused on creating opportunities for economic mobility and wealth creation in underserved and marginalized communities. He will also execute the foundation's recently adopted discretionary grantmaking program, which includes an emphasis on building the capacity of nonprofits to provide high-quality services for the community's most vulnerable residents while working to address the root causes of the challenges these constituents face.

"While we are sad to see Dwayne leave our team, we are happy knowing that he is assuming a role that aligns with his strong interests in partnership, equity and communities of color," Lee said. "We are also glad to see him staying within the region and the field!"

Marshall, who has years of experience in leadership development, economic development and community reinvestment, said he is proud of all SECF has accomplished during his tenure.

"It has been a distinct honor and privilege over the past several years to serve the members of SECF who are doing phenomenal work in their communities across the American South to lift up both our region and nation. I will cherish the countless personal relationships that I've formed along this journey and I promise to continue to nourish these bonds as I begin my next professional chapter," Marshall said. "I'm tremendously excited about the opportunity that lies ahead of me at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. I'm at a point in my career and life mission where I want to draw more proximate to those communities and citizens that are in greatest need. My new role at the foundation will afford me the opportunity to do so while allowing me to build upon the great relationships and leadership lessons I've gathered here at SECF."

Members of SECF's Board and Executive Committee commended Marshall for his contributions to SECF and the field.

"Dwayne has been a remarkable part of SECF for the last six years. In that time, he has deepened our connections among our long-time partners, while simultaneously forging new relationships with some of the best and brightest in the philanthropic world, "said Gilbert Miller, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "We will miss his leadership and his contribution to our family foundation work, as well as his extraordinary efforts in resource development. The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has gained a tremendous asset, and I have no doubt we will hear great things from that corner of our region for years to come."

"We celebrate Dwayne's extraordinary achievements at SECF, and we wish him the very best in his new role," said Regan Gruber Moffitt, Chair-Elect. "Over the last six years, Dwayne has embodied the best of SECF - connecting, engaging, and inspiring so many of us in the Southern philanthropic community. He has shown a deep commitment to SECF's members and to the communities we serve. We will miss Dwayne on SECF's staff but look forward to seeing the impact he will have at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga."

After Marshall's departure, the SECF Programs & Partnerships team, comprised of Senior Associate Roderica Williams and Associate S.E. Spencer, will assume many of Marshall's duties until a replacement is selected.

"One of SECF's greatest strengths is its incredible leadership and staff," Marshall said. "I know that Roderica and S.E., in particular, will make sure we don't miss a beat as we head into our 50th anniversary year - and I look forward to joining the celebration!"

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