Executive Director Press Release


Experienced Clinical Social Worker to Lead Georgia’s Premier Resource for Homeless and Trafficked Youth

ATLANTA, March 26, 2018 -- The Board of Directors of Covenant House Georgia, the highly respected place of refuge, hope and healing for homeless and trafficked youth, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Alieizoria (“Alie”) Redd as Executive Director.

Redd joins Covenant House Georgia from CHRIS 180, where she has served as Vice President, Placement Services and Housing, since August 2015. In that role she oversaw a large multidisciplinary team across CHRIS 180’s full footprint of services and facilities.

Redd succeeds Allison Ashe, Executive Director since late 2009, who announced her departure last fall after leading the Georgia affiliate of Covenant House International through a period of significant growth and impact. Ashe will be taking a new role leading corporate partnerships for Covenant House International.

“Alie Redd captivated the search committee’s attention the very first time we met her,” noted board chair John Ridall, who also chaired the executive search committee. “Her experience throughout a career focusing on young people with special challenges has prepared her exceptionally well for the mandate at Covenant House Georgia. We are thrilled she has accepted the opportunity to build on the wonderful reach and reputation Allison Ashe and her team have solidified in recent years.”

“We are pleased to welcome Alie to the Covenant House family,” said Kevin Ryan, President and CEO of Covenant House International. “She is a proven leader, a results-oriented executive and, most importantly, a passionate advocate for our young people. I also want to thank Allison Ashe for her successful stewardship of Covenant House Georgia the past eight years. We are fortunate to bring her passion and talents to our important work across the U.S. and abroad.”

Speaking of her appointment, Dr. Redd said, “I have known of Covenant House’s work for quite some time and greatly respect their commitment to providing a safe haven, an array of support services, and unconditional love to those in need. It’s an Covenant House Georgia names Alieizoria Redd Executive Director March 26, 2018 Page 2 of 2 honor to be asked to lead such an impactful organization engaging so directly with some of Georgia’s most vulnerable youth.”

Redd’s appointment at Covenant House Georgia follows an extensive executive search conducted in partnership with BoardWalk Consulting, a national search firm committed to “finding leaders that matter for missions that matter.”® The search committee included board members of Covenant House Georgia and executives from Covenant House International, the parent organization.

At CHRIS 180, Alie Redd had operational responsibility for a 125-person team overseeing the organization’s therapeutic group homes, street outreach, community housing, permanent supportive housing and transitional living programs and related support services. Previously, she served for almost nine years as Vice President, Programs, among other roles, for Lutheran Services of Georgia.

Alie Redd received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Memphis and both her Master of Social Work (Child and Family) and her Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work Policy Planning Administration & Social Science) from Clark Atlanta University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Georgia.

“Throughout my career,” Redd observed, “I have used my business and academic backgrounds to create, manage and ensure high quality social service programs. With Covenant House Georgia, I am especially excited by the opportunity to help formulate strategies and strategic partnerships to bring safety, security, unconditional love and support to the region’s most vulnerable populations.”

A resident of Ellenwood, Georgia, Redd begins her employment with Covenant House Georgia in mid-March.

ABOUT COVENANT HOUSE GEORGIA. As the premier area nonprofit serving homeless and trafficked youth ages 17-21, Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) has had a transformational influence on thousands of young people who have benefitted from the power of a fresh start in a stable, loving environment. In the past eight years, CHGA has tripled the number of youth served (to nearly 1400 in the past 12 months), doubled its funding from private sources and successfully concluded a $4.1-million capital campaign that made possible a new campus and expanded services.

CHGA is part of Covenant House International (CHI), the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care and a suite of other services to homeless and runaway youth. CHI currently operates in 22 cities across the US, Canada and Central America.

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