The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation appoints Blair Beasley as Managing Director, Environment
Beasley will lead foundation’s Environment efforts across the Southeast and Intermountain West
ATLANTA – May 8, 2023 – The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has appointed Blair Beasley as managing director, Environment. In her new role, Beasley will lead the strategy and execution of the foundation’s Environment giving area, which invests in solutions that accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and its positive impact on people’s lives. Beasley will join the foundation on June 1 and will be based in Atlanta.
Throughout her career, Beasley has gained experience in policy, research, environment and climate change. Beasley joins the Blank Family Foundation most recently from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, where she served as the director of climate strategies. During her tenure at the Anderson Foundation, Beasley led programs focused on climate solutions that make big impacts in Georgia. Her work has sought to grow those solutions alongside diverse stakeholders spanning business, academia, NGOs and philanthropy.
She began her career at the federal level, working on electricity sector policy with a focus on the power of the sector’s role as the mainspring to decarbonizing our economy. This included positions that propelled her learning of the electricity sector, including seven years with the Energy Program at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Beasley is an Atlanta native and is eager to continue working in a field she is passionate about.
“I am thrilled to join the team at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation,” said Beasley. “It’s an exciting and urgent time to be working to address climate change. The clean energy transition offers so many benefits and possibilities for communities. I can’t wait to get to work.”
As managing director, Environment, Beasley will be a member of the foundation’s leadership team, reporting to president, Fay Twersky.
“Blair will be an incredible asset to our team as we continue addressing environmental challenges in the Southeast and Intermountain West,” said Twersky. “Her experience in research and climate solutions will be invaluable to our efforts in this space, and I look forward to the expertise and innovation Blair will bring to the foundation within the climate space.”
About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
After more than 25 years and $1 billion in giving, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is committed to significantly accelerating the impact of its philanthropy over the next 10+ years. The foundation is currently on a journey of deeper learning and strategy setting for its new priority areas: Youth Development, Democracy, Environment, Mental Health & Well-Being and Atlanta’s Westside. Across these portfolios, the foundation will look for opportunities to address the growing crisis of disconnection in our nation. Geographically, much of the work will continue to prioritize Georgia (with a focus on Atlanta) and Montana, while also considering the potential for greater national impact and influence.
In addition to the priority areas of giving, the foundation will continue to oversee a large portfolio of grants including support of essential Atlanta nonprofit institutions, such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Shepherd Center, and enduring founder-led initiatives, such as veterans and the military and stuttering, among others. The foundation will also continue to guide the six associate-led giving committees operating across the Blank Family of Businesses.
Mr. Blank, chairman of the foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.
For more information, please visit www.blankfoundation.org.
Alexis Nwaiwu, Communications Specialist, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org