Kim Eileen Anderson
Former CEO, Families First
Kim Eileen Anderson has spent her career leading dialogue, advancing change and convening partners who are committed to the empowerment of the most marginalized within our communities. Building paths not bridges, Kim’s leadership has impacted countless women, men, children and families.
As CEO of Families First, a $10 million nonprofit with over 20 programs and 130 employees impacting over 35,000 annually, Kim pioneered leading edge work and raised record revenues, including a $13 million capital campaign. During her tenure as CEO, Families First received a $5 million Innovation Grant for its COACHES program, partnered with social service providers in New Zealand to develop best practices in outcomes measurement and evaluation and launched significant digital initiatives including Volunteer Hub and the Families First Advocacy App.
Prior to Families First, Kim served as Senior Director for BoardWalk Consulting, a leading non-profit consulting firm, where she partnered with a variety of organizations serving multiple missions and constituencies. She also served as Executive Director of AID Atlanta, the southeast’s largest AIDS service organization. Kim began her career as an attorney with Alston & Bird. She was subsequently appointed as the first General Counsel of Grady Health System, and was Vice President & Assistant General Counsel for Magellan Health Systems, a publicly traded behavioral healthcare company. She also served as senior legal counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority, the nation’s fourth largest public housing agency.
A tireless advocate, Kim augments her professional service with volunteer leadership. She currently serves on the board of KIPP Metro Atlanta, redefinED Atlanta, Partners for Home and the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children. She was an International Women’s Forum Fellow and is a member of the IWF of Georgia, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Advisory Group and The Rotary Club of Atlanta. Kim has led as President of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Bar Foundation and the Georgia Legal Clinic for the Homeless.
Rooted firmly in the belief that disruptive leadership equals effective, long term systemic change, Kim aims to launch forums that engage dynamic partners and develop sustainable ideas. “We can, and should, bequeath a better community to our children and our children’s children. All of us, despite our pasts, who our parents are, or where we live, deserve an opportunity to achieve any dream our minds can conceive.”
Kim is married to Gregory LeePow, an information technology manager. They are the parents of two adult children, Danielle and Mario. When time permits Kim enjoys traveling with friends, walks in the mountains, reading, and the arts. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Columbia University.