Horizons Atlanta is a Midtown-based nonprofit that provides high-quality academic enrichment programs to low-income children from kindergarten into high school. It currently serves over 800 students, with long term plans to serve 2,000 students in greater Atlanta.
Wan succeeds Emily Hawkins, who served as executive director for two years, and led the organization during a time of significant expansion and development of sustainable, philanthropic support. She and her family are relocating to Philadelphia, where her husband has accepted a position with Comcast.
The Horizons model is built on a private/public school partnership, with a signature six-week summer learning program and year-round supports. Horizons Atlanta now includes nine metro Atlanta program sites: Atlanta International School, Atlanta Technical College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Kennesaw State University, Woodward Academy and Purpose Built Schools.
Horizons Atlanta, incorporated in 2013, is an independent nonprofit designed to accelerate the growth of Horizons programs across Atlanta, provide programmatic connections and professional development opportunities, and enhance operational efficiencies. It is affiliated with Horizons National, a growing network of affiliates in 17 states, currently serving over 6,000 children.
“Alex will bring his experience and strong background of skills to an organization poised to move to the next level of success in Atlanta,” John Brock, Horizons Atlanta’s board chair, said in a news release. “An increasing number of underserved children will have their lives enriched, and we look forward to building upon the momentum of our first five years, under Alex’s leadership.”
Before joining Horizons Atlanta, Wan served as director of development and alumni relations at Emory University, and before that as director of development at Jerusalem House, Atlanta’s largest HIV housing provider. He also served eight years as the District 6 Atlanta City Council member, representing part of Buckhead and other intown neighborhoods, and ran for council president in November.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The Stone Mountain native lives with his partner in Morningside, where he has been a resident since 1994.