Regional Vice President, Southern Region
Donald Phoenix's rich career includes experience in many sectors, including banking, public administration, nonprofit management and housing development.
He served as vice president of Carver State Bank of Savannah and assistant vice president of Great Southern Federal Savings Bank in the same city, transitioned to housing director for the city of Savannah, became executive director for Neighborhood Housing Services of Savannah and then joined NeighborWorks America in 1995, where he is based in Atlanta.
As vice president of NeighborWorks' Southern Region, Phoenix is responsible for overseeing financial and technical services for network organizations throughout the District of Columbia and 13 states (West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana). He also led the organization's Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and continues to lead the Southern Region efforts to deliver needed resources to assist communities challenged by natural disaster.
"Having been able to work in community development in the town where I was born and bred, and seeing the many challenges communities face, have given me a sense of purpose," said Phoenix. "It's not a job. It's something that brings me joy every day."
Phoenix is a founding member of the Georgia State Trade Association of Nonprofit Developers, a board member of the Center for Community Progress, a member of Georgia ACT, founding board member of the Partnership for Southern Equity, past chair of the Federal Home Loan Banks' advisory council and several other community development organizations.