22 Feb Breakthrough Atlanta names new executive director
Breakthrough Atlanta, in its 22nd year of pursuing its mission to put Atlanta public school students on a six-year pathway to college, last month announced the appointment of Monique Shields as the organization’s new executive director. Shields began in her new role Jan. 29.
“We are very excited to welcome Monique to the Breakthrough Atlanta team,” David Ghegan, its board chair, said in a news release. “Monique’s leadership experience in the nonprofit sector and her extensive relationships in the Atlanta community make her the ideal choice to lead Breakthrough into its exciting next chapter.”
Shields has enjoyed a nearly 20-year career in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as chief operating officer at Hands On Atlanta. There she led programs, planning and evaluation, human resources, facilities, information technology and finance. Prior to joining Hands On Atlanta in 1999, Monique worked at The Atlanta Project/Carter Collaboration Center, where she coordinated diversity, affordable housing, public health and youth development initiatives. She also consulted with Cool Girls Inc. as a curriculum developer and with National Court-Appointed Special Advocates in program evaluations.
“The common thread in my career – and what draws me to Breakthrough Atlanta – is service to children. My parents instilled the belief that children don’t ask to be born and, therefore, deserve the very best that their families and communities can offer,” Shields said in a news release. “That has been a guiding principle in my life.”
Her vision and dedication to serving children led Hands On Atlanta to be named the Atlanta Public Schools Partner of the Year in 2016.
Shields, a Denver native, is an alumna of Iowa State and Georgia State universities.
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