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Fred Blackwell

After retiring from a professional career in human resources and governmental affairs, Fred Blackwell served as Chief Operating Officer for a global ministry with locations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Romania, and the U.S.  Blackwell and his late wife, Laurel, spent decades building bridges and helping communities develop their capacities.  Together, they co-authored Skills For Success, a curriculum that has been used in welfare-to-work training in 39 states and by Native American Indian Tribes throughout the country.  They also co-founded an innovative ministry called Communities of Transformation now in 10 communities in Alabama and Florida.  Its mission is to elevate families through Christ-centered relationships as opposed to transactional giving.

He is a certified trainer and speaks across the country in both secular and faith-based settings.  He has been recognized by local chapters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the NAACP for his contributions to underemployed and unemployed people.  He currently serves on the board of directors for the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA).  PARCA is recognized as the final word in public policy research for Alabama’s governor and legislature.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Business Council of Alabama and is a past recipient of the Chairman’s Award for outstanding service to the community. 

He has been appointed by several governors to numerous boards and commissions.  These have included the Governor’s Commission on Welfare Reform, the Workforce Investment Act State & Local Boards, the Alabama Commission on Infrastructure, the Alabama Scrap Tire Commission, and the Governor’s Commission on Existing Industry. Blackwell is a guest lecturer for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Auburn University.

Phenix City, AL

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