LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the appointment of five business and community leaders as directors on its governing board. Alex Alvarez, Ellen Call, Ted Nixon, Carl L. Williams Sr., and Jason Zachariah will each serve a three-year term.
“The Community Foundation of Louisville is committed to cultivating a deeper awareness of how philanthropy can offer leadership and support to address our city’s critical needs,” says Ron Gallo, President, and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “The broad leadership experience and valuable business acumen Alex, Ellen, Ted, Carl, and Jason bring to their new roles on the board will be instrumental in helping us to drive the continued growth and reach of our funding opportunities, and enhance our commitment to service to our community.”
Alex Alvarez is senior vice president, chief production, and sustainability officer for Brown-Forman Corp., leading the company’s manufacturing operations and global sustainability initiatives around the world. Prior to his current role, he served as vice president, general manager of Casa Herradura. He is an executive sponsor of Brown-Forman’s BUILD employee resource group, which is dedicated to identifying exceptional African American talent and enhancing the Black experience.
Ellen Call is the director of state government affairs for Charter Communications. She previously served as director of government relations for Time Warner Cable, and director of community relations for its predecessor, Insight Communications. While serving as Metro Councilwoman from 2003 to 2009, she led the repeal of the telecommunications tax and won passage of Louisville’s first smoking ban.
Ted Nixon has served as CEO of Louisville-based D.D. Williamson, a global leader in non-artificial food colors, for more than 40 years. He oversees 10 manufacturing facilities around the world. Nixon is highly skilled in production, food and beverage sales, and marketing, budgeting, business development, strategic planning, and financing.
Carl L. Williams Sr. is founder, president, and CEO of 20/20 Consulting Professionals and executive director of Access Justice. As a former K-12 classroom teacher, K-12 human resources professional, university professor, department chair, and private equity CEO, Carl is committed to social, legal, economic, and educational justice for all members of the community.
Jason Zachariah is president and COO of Kindred Healthcare, overseeing the company’s hospital division, rehabilitation services, and behavioral health. Prior to his appointment as company president in December 2020, Zachariah had served as president of Kindred Rehabilitation Services (KRS) since 2016. In that role, he oversaw the strategic growth of KRS and the creation of a best-in-class joint venture model.
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