Regional Vice President, Southern Region
The rich career of Donald Phoenix includes experience in many sectors, including banking, public administration and nonprofit management.
He served as vice president of Carver State Bank of Savannah (GA) and assistant vice president of Great Southern Federal Savings Bank in the same city, transitioned to housing director for the city of Savannah, became executive director for Neighborhood Housing Services of Savannah and then joined NeighborWorks in 1995, where he is based in Atlanta.
As vice president of NeighborWorks' Southern Region, Phoenix is responsible for overseeing financial and technical services for network organizations throughout a 12-state region, including Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana. He also leads the organization’s Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
“Having been able to work in community development in the town where I was born and bred, and seeing all the changes, have given me a sense of purpose,” says Phoenix. “It’s not a job. It’s something that brings me joy every day.”
Phoenix is a founding member of the Georgia State Trade Association of Nonprofit Developers, a member of Georgia ACT, the Partnership for Southern Equity, Emory University's board of visitors, past chair of the Federal Home Loan Banks' advisory council and several other community development organizations.