Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Announces New President & CEO

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Announces New President & CEO
January 28, 2020 BGCMA

David Jernigan Brings Two Decades of Experience, Knowledge, and Commitment in Youth Development Field

ATLANTA – January 28, 2020 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) today announced it has selected David Jernigan as the new president and chief executive officer of the organization. Jernigan, currently serving as deputy superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools (APS), will officially join the team on May 4. In his new role, Jernigan will oversee the strategic direction and operation of the nonprofit, supporting its more than 20 Boys & Girls Club locations across 10 counties in metro Atlanta.

Jernigan brings two decades of experience in the youth development field and a commitment to helping kids and teens reach their full potential. In his current role with APS, Jernigan supports the superintendent in executing the district’s strategic plan and oversees the schools and academics division of the organization. Prior to assuming this role, he served as the executive director for KIPP Metro Atlanta, overseeing a network of eight KIPP schools in metro Atlanta, as well as the founding principal of KIPP West Atlanta Young Scholars (WAYS) Academy.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta conducted an extensive search and interview process to find its next leader. Led by Egon Zehnder, a top executive search firm, the committee included senior board members, executives from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and leaders within the human resources team. The organization received a healthy pool of candidates with more than 200 individuals submitting applications.

“We are energized and excited to welcome David Jernigan to lead this organization,” said Simon H. Bloom, chair of the corporate board for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “The work we do in our Boys & Girls Clubs each day is critical to changing the trajectory of thousands of youth and families in and around the city. I cannot think of anyone better than David to lead our strategic vision as we work to give kids a safe place to go, caring role models, and life-changing programs that will help them reach their full potential.”

Jernigan has received numerous accolades and awards throughout his career. He is a Morehead Scholar and graduate of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. In 2011, he was selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the city’s rising community leaders with its annual “40 Under 40” award. Most recently, Jernigan was named one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend.

“For the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of serving the kids and teens of this city,” said Jernigan. “I’ve seen the impact of Boys & Girls Clubs and truly believe this organization has the power to change lives and lift communities. I can’t imagine a better organization with which to begin my next chapter.”

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA)

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 20+ Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve nearly 2,800 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that helps kids and teens get college and career ready, live healthy, and develop character and leadership skills. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is approximately $5,700 per member, families are asked to pay between $60 and $135 per child each year based on income; and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, please visit 

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