Aaron James to Join the East Lake Foundation as Vice President of Development

Veteran development professional, Aaron James, will join The East Lake Foundation as Vice President of Development on March 1.  James will be responsible for creating and implementing a five-year Development Strategy and will lead the Foundation’s Development team.

James is well-known and respected in the development and academic fields, with 15 years of experience. Most recently, James served as Vice President of Development and Education at the Georgia Aquarium where he was responsible for enhancing its mission through strategic planning of its fundraising and general member cultivation. He managed the annual, capital, planned giving, and sponsorship programs for the Aquarium and was responsible for developing the formal, long-range fundraising strategy.

Prior to the Georgia Aquarium, James worked in development, admissions and financial aid roles for a variety of independent schools across the country.

“We are very excited to have Aaron join our East Lake Foundation team,” said Daniel Shoy, Jr., President of the East Lake Foundation. “His experience and proven record of success in development and education will translate well to the holistic community revitalization work we do in the East Lake community.”

About the East Lake Foundation

Founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to provide tools that enable Atlanta’s East Lake residents to build a better future. The East Lake Foundation has become a national model for community revitalization through the support and management of cradle-to-college education at Charles R. Drew Charter School and its early learning partners, mixed-income housing at The Villages of East Lake, and community wellness through programs including The First Tee® of East Lake, the Resident and Community Support Program, East Lake Healthy Connections, Start: ME East Lake and a partnership with the East Lake YMCA. This approach to building a strong community not only helps break the cycle of poverty, but creates a community where possibility takes place and people of all ages and incomes choose to live. Additional information is available at www.eastlakefoundation.org. 



Catherine Woodling, Director of Communications