ACSS Inaugural President & CEO Charles Edwards to Retire

Charles Edwards

The Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency’s (ACSS) Board of Directors announces the retirement of its inaugural president & chief executive officer, Charles R. Edwards, effective December 31, 2012. Upon completion of his tenure at the helm of ACSS, and after enjoying six successful careers over the span of 40+ years, Charles will spend more time enjoying his bride, and spoiling his grandchildren. He remains both passionate and committed to the mission of ACSS, and the Board is excited he will offer his services as a trusted advisor and volunteer.

Charles says, “Helping to establish, launch and position ACSS for a bright future to truly help break the cycle of homelessness in metro Atlanta has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. And, it has given me the privilege of working with some of the best people in the world!”

Under Charles’ leadership, ACSS is positioned to achieve great things:

  • We have a strong and cohesive board of directors.
  • We’ve developed bold and exciting mission and vision statements buffeted by an enduring set of core values.
  • Our sound 5-Year Strategic Plan is designed to be fully integrated operationally from each board committee throughout ACSS to each staff member.
  • The employment readiness models in our CareerWorks and Veterans Employment Assistant Programs are proven.
  • We have enhanced our Café 458 Program beyond life stabilization for people with disabilities that prevent them from working, to include a culture of helping to improve the Atlanta community through volunteerism.
  • The philosophy of “Collective Impact” by establishing strategic partnerships with strong complementary agency partners, employer partners, and the faith-based community has truly been embraced.
  • ACSS is well on its way to validating an exciting model to increase its capacity to serve people by leveraging instructional technology tools to establish satellite sites. And, we have strong support from the City of Atlanta’s government leaders.

Dana Johnson

But most of all, we have forged an exceptionally strong staff that is talented, passionate, and committed to the cause of Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness! To that extent, the Board is also pleased to name Dana B. Johnson as Charles’ successor. Dana has been with ACSS/Samaritan House for seven years and has served in various capacities, most recently as vice president of development, finance and administration. She brings a passion for nonprofit management and proven success in securing and leveraging resources to maximize outcomes.

The ACSS Board wishes Charles the best in this new phase of his life.
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