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Alliance Theatre Board of Directors Elects Jocelyn Hunter as Chairperson

Hunter becomes the first person of color elected to chair any board of directors at The Woodruff Arts Center.

Alliance Theatre Board of Directors Elects Jocelyn Hunter as Chairperson

The Alliance Theatre has announced that Jocelyn Hunter has been chosen as the new Chair of its Board of Directors. She is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, is a member of the Governance and Executive Committees, and has served on the Alliance Theatre Board of Directors since 2006. Her tenure as Board Chair will begin in June 2021. As Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Home Depot, Hunter brings a wealth of leadership and legal experience to her role as Alliance Board Chair.

In addition to her deep support and involvement with the Alliance, Hunter's long history of volunteerism and leadership has benefited numerous organizations and causes in the Atlanta community. Additional volunteer positions include serving on the Advisory Board for the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies, as a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, and as a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke Law School, where she is co-chair of the Future of the Profession task force. Hunter also serves as the Board Chair for the Atlanta History Center. In 2013, Hunter had the prestigious honor of receiving the Georgia Multicultural Leadership Award.

In her capacity as board chair, Hunter will help lead the Alliance through two seasons of recovery and growth post-COVID, which will see an ever-bolder effort by the 100 staff members of the theater to carry out their mission of expanding hearts and minds onstage and off.

Hunter succeeds the current Chair, Lila Hertz. Under Hertz's leadership, the Alliance successfully completed its first season on the brand-new Coca-Cola Stage, welcoming tens of thousands of new and returning patrons to this beautiful, state-of-the-art venue. The Alliance also expanded its education and in-school partnerships focused on literacy, learning, and imagination to more than 90,000 annual participants, as well as codified and launched anti-bias and allyship training programs for corporate and non-profit clients through its Alliance@work corporate training department. With Hertz's long-standing, deep, and thoughtful leadership, the Alliance will also finish a successful strategic planning phase in December 2020 which will see the theater reach for growth and expanded mission from 2021-2025.

"We have been tremendously fortunate in having had a streak of fiercely smart and deeply passionate board leaders, and I'm delighted to see that trend continuing," said Susan V. Booth, Jennings Hertz Artistic Director of Alliance Theatre. "Lila Hertz has been - and continues to be - a consummate example of a tireless and inspiring leader who is ready, willing, and able to spend her phenomenal social capital on behalf of the Alliance. That we get to follow that with Jocelyn Hunter's leadership is truly a gift that builds strength on strength. Jocelyn has a brilliant strategic mind and has long been a driving voice both within and on behalf of the Alliance. I so look forward to these next years of her thought partnership and guidance as the theatre moves ever upward and onward."

The Board of Directors also added six new members in 2020. They are:

Alba C. Baylin

Vice President, Community & Stakeholder Relations, The Coca-Cola Company

Joe Crowley

Global Head of Learning, BlackRock

Alison Danaceau

Cousel, Avolin, Inc.

Carrie J. Kurlander

Vice President, External Communications, Chick-fil-A

Shareka Nelson

Diversity and Inclusion Lead

Robyn Roberts

Consultant, RSR Consulting, LLC


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