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History Panel: Ed Powers

Making Your Organization’s History Come Alive

Tuesday, June 6 – 10:45 a


Ed Powers


Executive Director, Hope Atlanta

Board Chair, Travelers Aid International


Edward Powers has been the Executive Director of Hope Atlanta since January, 1994. 

Founded in Atlanta in 1900, the vision of Hope Atlanta is to end homelessness in metro Atlanta.  The mission of Hope Atlanta is to provide a safety net of emergency,  transitional and permanent housing assistance to individuals, children, and families at risk of – or already experiencing – homelessness. 

Prior to his current position, he was the Country Director of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation’s programs in Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 1985 to 1992.  From 1979 to 1983 he worked for the Department of State as a contractor at the U.S. Embassy Refugee Section in Bangkok, where he was the Vietnamese Resettlement Coordinator. 

He is a Vietnam veteran, serving as an Army interrogator in DaNang from 1971 to 1972. He holds a BA degree in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois and an MBA degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Travelers Aid International and the City of Atlanta Continuum of Care, is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club.  Edward and his wife Andrea Fowler have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of Zoë Cate, Ethan Edward, Alexander Joseph, Carmin Marie and Olivia Cate.