The Center for Working Families names Spelman alumna President and CEO

Edited by Titus Falodun | 7/25/2014, 9:59 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Board of Directors of The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) announced that Che D. Watkins is ...
Che D. Watkins, TCWFI president & CEO

ATLANTA - The Board of Directors of The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCWFI) announced that Che D. Watkins is joining the organization as its new president and CEO, as of Monday, July 21.

Watkins began her career with J.P. Morgan & Co. as a Financial Accountant and later as an Associate, before moving into client interfacing leadership positions for seven years at Bank of America. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Spelman College and her MBA from New York University.

She also has more than 20 years of experience in external affairs, public policy, business development, and finance.

Watkins is deeply rooted in the community, serving on local and regional boards including Hammonds House Museum, Art Papers Magazine, Atlanta Black-Jewish Coalition and United Way of Greater Atlanta. Volunteer and mentor work includes Spelman College, Junior League of Metropolitan Atlanta, Cool Girls, Inc., United Way VIP and others. She is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2009.

Amy Wright, Liquid Soul VP

Amy Wright, Liquid Soul VP

Award-winning Atlanta-based firm hires VP

ATLANTA– Liquid Soul (formerly Liquid Soul Media) an Atlanta-based, award-winning lifestyle marketing agency, hired Amy Wright as its vice president. Wright will oversee the agency’s account management department and lead organizational growth initiatives.

Wright brings over two decades of experience and deep multicultural insight to Liquid Soul, having spearheaded national marketing efforts for The Home Depot, The U.S. Marines, Ford and Lincoln at UniWorld Group. Through her own boutique agency, Synergy Communications, Wright developed and successfully led award-winning experiential marketing campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola Company, Hilshire Farms, Coors Brewing Company and Bank of America.

She is also the highest-ranking female at Liquid Soul, which has helped propel several films into blockbuster status, generating nearly $1 billion in box-office receipts. She steps into overall management and delivery of stellar client services for the current LS roster, which encompasses Walmart, General Mills, 20th Century Fox and Oxygen Media, among several others.

Mayor Reed appoints new commissioner for Department of Information Technology

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed announced this week the appointment of Samir Saini, an information technology leader, as Commissioner for the Department of Information Technology. In this role, Saini is responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives in support of the City’s more than 8,000 employees and more than 500,000 residential and business customers.

Saini comes to the City of Atlanta with more than 15 years of experience and is a recognized leader in information technology, data security, and business operations.

His experience spans multiple sectors including energy, hospitality, real estate, and public housing. Since 2010, he has served as the Chief Information Officer for the Atlanta Housing Authority.

Saini’s appointment will be effective August 11, 2014 and requires confirmation by the Atlanta City Council. He succeeds Michael Dogan, who has served as the interim Commissioner since 2011.

National Black Arts Festival big announcements

ATLANTA – NBAF’s Gala Higher and Higher, inspired by the jubilant optimism of Jackie Wilson’s chart-topping hit, laid out the vision for the future of a new, focused and empowered NBAF before an audience of more than 500 cultural, business and civic leaders.