A Northern California native and a Spelman College alumna, Denise Blake is excited to serve Wholesome Wave Georgia as its Executive Director. Denise has held key positions in nonprofit, corporate, and governmental organizations. Her areas of specialty include program administration and evaluation, curriculum design and training, and resource development.
At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, she served as Education and Training Coordinator, where she was responsible for designing training curricula for adult learners. She also led important research on the philosophy of nonviolent social change. At the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Denise managed the Foundation’s educational scholarship, internship, and fellowship programs. Denise then served as Associate Director for the FaithFactor program at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and later was Senior Project Director for The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Media Outreach Initiative. She’s managed the charitable foundation for former Atlanta Falcons’ defensive tackle Rod Coleman, providing support to youth in foster care, and served as Project Director for the Twenty-First Century Foundation’s Black Men and Boys Media Outreach Campaign. In 2013 Denise became the Executive Director of WINGS for kids – Atlanta, where she oversaw delivery of WINGS’ award-winning social-emotional learning afterschool program. Most recently, Denise served the United Negro College Fund’s Atlanta office as Senior Development Director.