East Lake Foundation Names Kivatah Castilla Director of Development

The East Lake Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Kivatah Castilla as its new Director of Development. Castilla brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in fundraising and philanthropy, which will greatly contribute to the Foundation’s mission and growth.

As the Director of Development, Castilla will lead the Foundation’s fundraising efforts and build strategic partnerships to support its programs and initiatives. With a strong commitment to community development and social impact, Castilla’s expertise will help drive the Foundation’s mission forward and expand its reach to create a brighter future for the East Lake community. She will be responsible for the creation of a comprehensive development strategy to complement the Foundation’s strategic plan.

“Kivatah Castilla’s appointment as our new Director of Development marks an exciting new chapter for the East Lake Foundation,” said Ilham Askia, President and CEO of the East Lake Foundation. “Her extensive experience in fundraising and her passion for our mission will be invaluable as we continue to work towards ensuring every member of our community has equitable access to the resources, tools, and support needed to thrive. We are thrilled to welcome Kivatah to our team.”

Castilla brings a diverse background in fundraising and development, having successfully led numerous fundraising campaigns and donor engagement initiatives for nonprofit organizations across Atlanta. Her strategic approach to development, coupled with her ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders, has resulted in significant growth and increased support for various causes throughout her career.

“I am honored and excited to join the East Lake Foundation as the Director of Development,” said Kivatah Castilla. “I have long admired the Foundation’s transformative work and its dedication to providing opportunities for families in need. I look forward to working with the team to further expand our impact and bring positive change to the East Lake community.”

Castilla holds a BA from Clark Atlanta University. She is recognized for her strong leadership skills and has received accolades for her outstanding contributions to the non-profit sector.


Media Contact:
Catherine Woodling
East Lake Foundation

About East Lake Foundation

Founded in 1995,  by developer and philanthropist, Tom Cousins, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to provide resources, tools and equitable opportunities that enable Atlanta’s East Lake residents to thrive using an integrated model for holistic community development.

The East Lake model includes cradle-to-college education at Drew Charter School and its early learning partners (Atlanta Speech School, the East Lake Family YMCA, and Sheltering Arms East Lake); mixed-income housing at The Villages of East Lake; and community wellness through its Resident and Community Support Program and partners’ programs including the First Tee—Metro Atlanta,  Charlie Yates Golf Course, Start:ME East Lake, a micro-entrepreneurship program with Emory University, and the East Lake YMCA’s East Lake Healthy Connections. This approach to building a strong, healthy, and vibrant community creates a place where people of all ages and income levels choose to live.

The redevelopment of East Lake has become a national model for integrated and holistic community redevelopment in 27 additional neighborhoods across the country through Purpose Built Communities. For more information, please visit www.eastlakefoundation.org.