Ed Elkins Joins East Lake Foundation Board of Directors

The East Lake Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Elkins to its Board of Directors. Mr. Elkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Norfolk Southern Corporation, brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to community and sustainability.

Ed Elkins has had an illustrious 35-year career with Norfolk Southern since joining as a Road Brakeman in 1988. Over the years, he has held various positions, including Conductor, Locomotive Engineer, Relief Yardmaster, and has spent two decades in Intermodal Marketing. In 2016, he was named Group Vice President of Chemicals Marketing and was promoted to Vice President of Industrial Products in 2018. Since 2021, he has led the Intermodal, Automotive, and Industrial Products business divisions, and managed the Real Estate, Industrial Development, Short Line Marketing, Field Sales, and Customer Logistics business groups.

Mr. Elkins’ dedication to community service is evident in his engagement with several high-performing organizations, including his role as Vice Chair of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and his memberships on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers and TTX Company. He also serves on the Georgia State University Marketing RoundTable and is a member of The Conference Board, Inc. on the Council for CMOs.

“I am honored to join the East Lake Foundation Board of Directors, and I am inspired by the Foundation’s history and legacy of fostering equitable access to important resources for families,” said Ed Elkins. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow board members to contribute to the continued growth and success of the vibrant East Lake community.”

“The East Lake Foundation welcomes Mr. Elkins and looks forward to the valuable insights and leadership he will bring to our organization,” said Ilham Askia, President & CEO, East Lake Foundation.


Media Contact: Catherine Woodling, Chief Operating Officer, East Lake Foundation, 404-550-7271, cwoodling@eastlakefoundation.org.

About the East Lake Foundation: Founded in 1995, by developer and philanthropist, Tom Cousins, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with The Villages of East Lake residents, Charles R. Drew Charter School families, and other key service providers to ensure every member of our community has equitable access to the resources, tools and supports needed to thrive.

The Foundation utilizes an integrated model for holistic community development that includes cradle-to-college education, mixed-income housing, community wellness, and economic vitality. This approach to building an equitable, healthy, and vibrant community creates a place where people of all ages and income levels choose to live.

East Lake Foundation’s transformative approach has become a national model for integrated and holistic community redevelopment now being replicated in 29 additional neighborhoods across the country through Purpose Built Communities. For more information, please visit www.eastlakefoundation.org.