Angela joined the Golden LEAF Foundation in July 2022. As Director of Programs, Angela assists in managing and implementing Golden LEAF’s grant programs and special initiatives and also manages staff as they conduct due diligence on proposals and monitor projects. Her work focuses on the Foundation’s job creation and economic investment priority area through public infrastructure projects. Before joining Golden LEAF, Angela Watkins Gailliard was the Chief Corporate Officer of Word Tabernacle Church at The Impact Center in Rocky Mount, N.C., with responsibility for administrative, business, financial, and facility operations. Prior to Word Tabernacle Church, she held leadership positions in operations, finance, and engineering at several large corporations including Procter & Gamble and Cummins, Inc.
In addition to her many years of corporate work experience, Angela has continually served in her community for over thirty years, holding leadership roles with many notable nonprofit organizations including United Way Tar River Region, Edgecombe Community College Foundation, North Carolina Community Foundation, Down East Partnership for Children, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is also a graduate of Leadership North Carolina.
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