Local resident Alisa Toney has been named chair of the Leadership Gwinnett Foundation Board of Directors.
Toney is the senior director of development at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia located in Suwanee and was a member of Leadership Gwinnett’s class of 2013. Prior to joining the organization’s board of directors, she served as the annual program’s co-chair, tri-chair, steering committee chair and management team chair.
“Alisa brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, judgment and insight, coupled with a demonstrated commitment to Leadership Gwinnett that makes me very excited about what happens next,” said Lisa Zaken, president and CEO of Leadership Gwinnett.
Established in 1985, the Leadership Gwinnett program seeks experienced leaders who want to increase their impact on their own organization and their community. The organization’s nine month leadership program has graduated 36 classes, and Glance Gwinnett, a three-day program, has conducted 25 sessions. The programs combined have an alumni base of more than 2,100 individuals.
“Leadership Gwinnett is an experience that completely transforms you and exposes you to people, places and processes that will enhance your perspective,” said Toney, who has more than 20 years of professional experience in higher education as a fundraiser, administrator and lecturer. She currently oversees PCOM’s annual giving, major gifts and corporate and foundation relations teams, working closely with the college’s administration to develop strategy and implementation of the school’s fundraising activities.
A graduate of Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Toney is an emeritus member of the Director’s Advisory Board of the Newcomb College Institute at Tulane. She holds a master’s degree from Georgia State University in educational policy studies, research and measurement, and a certificate in nonprofit executive leadership from The Fund Raising School, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Toney is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2016, she received a Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award from the Pennsylvania Diversity Council. She also serves on the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation/Northside Hospital Women’s Leadership Council.
A resident of Gwinnett County since 1993, Toney has two children, Thomas, a senior at Yale University, and Camille, a freshman at North Gwinnett High School.