East Lake Foundation Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors

On June 19th, the East Lake Foundation’s Board of Directors elected three new board members: Onome Okuma, Sara Prince and Mark Rahiya. These three leaders in the community bring important technical, marketing and strategic thinking skills that will be beneficial to the Foundation’s work and contribute to the diversity of the Foundation’s Board.

“We are very excited to have Onome, Sara and Mark join our East Lake Foundation team,” said Danny J. Shoy, Jr, President and CEO of the East Lake Foundation. “Their diverse expertise will help sustain our progress in East Lake and ensure that we work collaboratively with our other Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities’ partner organizations over the next few years.”

Rahiya and Okuma join us from the Coca-Cola Company and Chick-fil-A, two companies that are committed to holistic community revitalization and have been generous supporters of our work in the East Lake and Grove Park neighborhoods respectively.

Onome Okuma

Vice President, Customer Technology & Insights, Chick-fil-A

Onome began his career at Chick-fil-A as a summer intern, through the Inroads program, for the IT department and continued his internship for an additional three summers before joining the company full-time. During his career, he has held the roles of programmer, systems analyst, and project lead. He has also led teams responsible for application development, data systems, and supply chain technology. Onome recently moved to the Marketing department as part of Marketing Leadership and is responsible for the Customer Technology and Insights area.

Onome received his BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology before completing an Executive Leadership program from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Sara Prince

Partner, McKinsey & Company – Atlanta

Sara leads McKinsey’s Growth Academy globally and focuses on helping clients build the institutional and individual capabilities required to transform their businesses to deliver sustained above market growth. Sara has partnered with clients in various industries with a primary focus on addressing multi-faceted organization, sales and marketing and strategy challenges. Sara recently co-authored McKinsey’s ground breaking work, “Diversity Matters” and “Delivering through Diversity,” linking financial performance and levels of gender and ethnic diversity in a company’s leadership team. She’s been with McKinsey & Company for the past 13 years. Prior to that, Sara was a bond trader at Morgan Stanley.

Sara received her MBA from the University of Virginia where she was a Shermet Scholar and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.

Mark Rahiya

Chief Retail Sales Officer and SVP, USA Operations, Coca-Cola Company

Mark is responsible for global and national customers operating within the National Retail Sales (NRS) channels of business in the United States, Commercial and Revenue Growth Management and Franchise Leadership.

Previously, Mark was President, U.S. Region and Chief Commercial Officer for Coca-Cola Refreshments. He led operations for the company-owned bottler and supported North American refranchising. Prior to working at The Coca-Cola Company, Mark served as a Commissioner Officer in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force. Mark serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Coca-Cola Military Veteran’s Business Resource Group and is a passionate Trustee for the Boys & Girls Club of America and The First Tee®.

Mark received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Please click here to see a full list of East Lake Foundation Board Members.


About the East Lake Foundation

Founded in 1995 by developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins, 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 through its holistic model for community revitalization.

The East Lake model includes 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, Start ME: East Lake micro-entrepreneur program and East Lake Healthy Connections. This approach to building a strong community not only helps break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, but creates a place where people of all ages and incomes choose to live.

East Lake has become a national model for holistic community redevelopment across the country through Purpose Built Communities. For more information, please visit www.eastlakefoundation.org.