Justine Boyd HeadshotATLANTA, Ga. – The Greater Atlanta Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure today announces that Justine Boyd will join the organization as executive director, effective August 27. Boyd brings with her 17 years of project management and fundraising experience.

In her most recent role, Boyd served as the CEO of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta, a premier organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. In this role she created and implemented programs that addressed economic empowerment, transitional housing, health disparities, closing the education gap and social justice for women.

“We are excited to welcome this outstanding professional to the Komen Atlanta staff,” said Karen Bragman, Komen Atlanta board president. “She is a very active member in our community and her experience with healthcare disparities and social justice for women will be fundamental to helping our organization fill breast healthcare gaps in the Metro Atlanta area.”

Boyd’s previous professional roles include assistant general manager of external affairs at the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and county clerk at the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. In her earlier roles, Boyd practiced leadership in fundraising, community relations, nonprofit management, private/public sector partnerships and government administration.

In addition to her professional expertise, Boyd has received numerous professional accolades. In 2011, she was given the Atlanta Dream Inspiring Woman Award and was named one of the Business to Business Women of Excellence.

Komen Atlanta is the largest funding organization of breast cancer support in Georgia and strives to bridge the gap between healthcare disparities in the community. Since its inception in 1991, Komen Atlanta has raised approximately $35 million to help enable women to detect and survive breast cancer.

Komen Atlanta is the local resource for breast cancer screening, treatment, education and support. Through events, including the Race for the Cure, and contributions, the Affiliate raises funds to enable women to detect and survive breast cancer. Seventy-five percent of all funds stay in Atlanta to provide breast health services for women who could not otherwise afford them. Twenty-five percent supports national research efforts to finding a cure. Komen Atlanta has raised nearly $35 million since its inception in 1991. The Affiliate is part of the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which strives to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Komen is the largest private funder in the fight against breast cancer and has invested more than $2 billion towards the cause. For more information, call 404-459-8700 or visit http://www.komenatlanta.org.

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