When DePriest Waddy attended Families First’s 21st annual Dining for a Difference in April 2019 he was moved by the personal success stories shared. When he learned Families First was seeking a new CEO, he knew that he wanted to help make difference for children and families in need across Georgia. With more than 30 years of nonprofit and corporate leadership for both local and national organizations, Waddy’s deep understanding of nonprofits and stellar reputation with the broader Atlanta community made him the obvious front-runner of more than 50 qualified candidates identified through a national search.
“Having been a part of the Atlanta nonprofit community for years, I was already familiar with the good work of Families First,” he said. “Attending Dining for a Difference earlier this year underscored the real difference this organization is making in the lives of children and families. I knew I wanted to become more involved with this organization.”
DePriest’s first order of business is to meet with staff, clients, donors, and community leaders to listen to concerns and discuss strategies to ramp up services for at-risk families. He joins the organization this month, following completion of his service as the Executive Director of Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity in Birmingham, Alabama. “I am honored to join Families First,” said Waddy. “This is a dynamic time in the history of the organization as it approaches its 130th anniversary. There are endless opportunities for Families First to help the most vulnerable.”