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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • 11:45 AM
  • The Harbert Center


Community Foundation 

of Greater Birmingham



Together We Prosper:

Charting a Course for Regional Cooperation

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Ginger Jefferson is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and is responsible for strategic marketing initiatives, public relations, advertising, social media and branding for the organization. Ginger has more than thirty years’ experience in marketing, corporate communications and advertising.


General Charles Krulak


General Krulak served 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His last position was as Commandant of the Marine Corps and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps, General Krulak joined MBNA America Bank as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MBNA Europe Bank, Ltd.  After four years in this position, he returned to the United States and served as Vice Chairman, MBNA America Bank as Head of Corporate Development, Mergers and Acquisitions. General Krulak retired from MBNA in June, 2005.

General Krulak was introduced as the 13th President of Birmingham-Southern College on March 21, 2011, and retired June 30, 2015.

General Krulak currently sits on the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Corporation and on the Board of Directors of Union Pacific Railroad Corporation. He sits on the Board of the CEO Forum and serves a Director with Aston Villa Football Club in the United Kingdom.  Locally, he serves on the Board of Directors of Altamont School and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. He is an advisor to the Center for Naval Analysis and Human Rights First.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tom Spencer

Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA)

Thomas Spencer joined the Public Affairs Research Council after nearly two decades in journalism, most recently with The Birmingham News.

Spencer has a diversified background, researching and writing on a wide variety of topics including the environment, education, economics, governmental and community affairs, politics and civil rights. His work has earned top national, regional and state awards.

A Birmingham native, Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Dr. Thomas Beavers 

Dr. Beavers serves as the fourth pastor of New Rising Star Church in the Eastlake community of Birmingham Upon graduating from Kentucky State University (BS Biology 2004) and Beeson Divinity School of Samford University (MDIV May 2007 & DMIN December 2013), he succeeded his grandfather, Dr. Tommy Chappell, who served as New Rising Star's third pastor for 35 years. As the servant leader of New Rising Star Church (also known as #TEAMSTAR), Dr. Beavers leads several innovative community efforts involving education, financial literacy, workforce development, housing and recreation.


In the area of education, New Rising Star offers an early childhood learning center, summer and spring break enrichment camps, and after-school programs. It will open a charter school in 2018. In addition, the church offers job resource fairs and partners with Work Faith Birmingham to provide job-readiness training for the unemployed and underemployed. New Rising Star also operates a credit union as an alternative to payday loans, and buys and restores homes to provide affordable housing alternatives in the community.


All New Rising Star efforts stem from Dr. Beavers' continued vision to turn dilapidated communities into developed communities. In addition to New Rising Star Church's community development efforts, they lead several ministry outreaches such as Operation East, which gives away free food, clothes and healthcare to residents of East Birmingham. 

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