Architects Foundation Appoints Reed as Executive Director

The Architects Foundation Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Marci Reed, CFRE, MPA, to serve as the Executive Director of the organization. Starting on Oct. 2, Reed will be responsible for all programs and activities related to the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Reed joins the Architects Foundation from Southface Energy Institute, where she served as the chief officer of development and communications. At Southface, Reed directed management initiatives, oversaw fundraising and communications activities, and served as a spokesperson for the organization. Reed was also Southface’s first director of development and communications from 2000-2006.

“We couldn’t be more confident in the skills that Marci brings to the Architects Foundation,” says Jeffery Potter, FAIA, who chairs the Foundation Board. “She also brings creativity and leadership, so I’m excited for the Foundation’s future in expanding the role it plays in improving the profession.” Reed has previous AIA experience, including serving as executive director of AIA Georgia, AIA Atlanta, and the Architecture Foundation of Georgia. Reed attended Georgia State University, where she earned a BA in English and then completed her MPA, Nonprofit Management.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Architects Foundation,” Reed says. “After last year’s gift to the Foundation of $1M from AIA, we are able to expand the Diversity Advancement Scholarship program for 2018-2019 and give more students the chance to pursue a career in architecture. At the same time, we will look to enhance our preservation efforts and pursue additional programming areas for the future.” The application submission period for the Architects Foundation’s Diversity Advancement Scholarships will open on Oct. 25, 2017.  

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