Announcing Our New Executive Director!

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The Board of Trustees of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation has named Tommy Valentine as the organization’s next executive director. Valentine will officially assume his new role November 1.

The move comes after a months-long search to replace former executive director Amy Kissane, who stepped down in March. David Bryant, a former president of the Board of Trustees, served as interim executive director.

“We are excited to have Tommy join our team as the Heritage Foundation enters a new era,” said Board President Kim Klonowski. “Tommy knows this county, he knows nonprofits and he has put forth a vision for our organization that is firmly in line with where the board believes we should go.”

Valentine is an operations specialist and former Athens-area hip-hop artist who has worked in public and private sector management for 15 years. Most recently, he had served as the Volunteer & AmeriCorps Coordinator at Extra Special People, a Watkinsville-based nonprofit. There, he recruited and supervised a network of 1,400 volunteers, resulting in more than 20,000 hours of service. In addition to his work experience, Tommy is an experienced community advocate who has worked locally on issues related to housing, public policy and city planning. As a result, he has an inclusive understanding of Athens history.

Raised in Athens and a graduate of Clarke County public schools, Valentine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master of public administration at the University of Georgia. As a student, his formal education included training in organizational theory, non-profit administration and public financial management. He was a three-time U.S. Department of the Treasury fellow and the recipient of the Georgia City-County Management Association’s Harold F. Holtz, Jr.  Master of Public Administration award. Valentine is a Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy at UGA.

“I am beyond honored and humbled to serve as the next executive director of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation,” Valentine said.  “I have long admired the work of the foundation and look forward to expanding on our mission and history. I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve my hometown, our neighbors and our community.”


Founded in 1967, the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to local heritage and history. Its vision is to become the leading advocate for the importance of historic preservation for the future of the Athens community.


View Mr. Valentine’s resume.

Find him on Twitter: @tommykvalentine