Community Foundation Names New Chair and Board Members

Dave Gray has been named chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the state’s oldest and largest community foundation. The Community Foundation also announced that Myla Calhoun, Daniel Coleman and Cathy Wright are joining the board with terms starting in 2019.

Dave Gray is a board member and former CEO of Daxko, a software company headquartered in Birmingham that enables thousands of health and wellness centers around the world to increase engagement, efficiency and community impact. Prior to joining Daxko, he held management positions at Calico Commerce (now part of Oracle) and in Grant Thornton’s management consulting practice in Chicago. His past clients include a number of Fortune 500 corporations and leading technology companies.

Dave is on the board of directors of YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, the YMCA of Greater Birmingham, TechBirmingham, and the Birmingham Venture Club, as well an emeritus member of the Auburn University College of Business advisory council and a current advisor to the Alabama Futures Fund. He is also a frequent speaker at university and industry events on the topics of workplace culture, leadership and entrepreneurship. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from Auburn University. He and his wife, Susan, along with their three children, live in Birmingham.

Myla Calhoun is president of the Alabama Power Foundation and vice president of Charitable Giving for Alabama Power. Prior to joining Alabama Power, Calhoun was the general counsel and senior vice president of Regional Development and Public Policy for the Birmingham Business Alliance. Calhoun previously served as legal counsel for United States Pipe and Foundry Company LLC.

She is a 2018 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow and is a member of the advisory board for Stonehenge Capital, a nationally recognized leader in community development finance, and serves on the board of directors for the Birmingham Museum of Art, Indian Springs School, the Virginia Samford Theatre, and most recently served on the Board of trustees at Tuskegee University. Calhoun is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and the University Of Alabama School Of Law. She is the proud mother of two daughters.

Daniel Coleman is the new president of Birmingham-Southern College. Prior to joining Birmingham-Southern, he worked for more than 30 years in financial services, most recently as CEO of KCG Holdings. Until its recent sale, KCG was New York based public company with offices in London, Singapore, Chicago, and San Jose.  Prior to KCG, Daniel was CEO of GETCO, a privately held, automated trading firm based in Chicago. Before joining GETCO, Daniel worked for UBS and its predecessor firms for 24 years.

Daniel served on Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s transition team and remains a member of the mayor’s financial advisory team, working to improve the city’s management of its finances. He has also served on the boards of the Alabama Symphony Endowment and of Build Up, an innovative early-college workforce development program centered in the Ensley neighborhood.

Daniel holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Altamont School. Daniel and his wife Brooke both grew up in Birmingham. After living in the New York area for 12 years, they moved back to Birmingham with their three children in 2009.

Cathy Wright, JD, LEED AP, a founding partner of Clarus Consulting Group, recently retired when she sold her interest to a group of employees. She has consulted with organizations ranging from international business, government to nonprofits. Prior to entering consulting, Ms. Wright was a founding partner of the law firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, LLC where she practiced business and commercial litigation. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Law and an Instructor at the Duke University Nicholas School for the Environment and is a certified Mediator.

She serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of MONY Life Insurance Company, a Protective Life subsidiary. Wright is a Founding Board Member of the Alabama Public Health Institute and a member of the Board of Sloss Furnaces. She is the principal author of The Status of Women in Alabama and a member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Birmingham Executive Committee and Recipient of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Burton L. Barnes Award for Public Service. Ms. Wright is married to Michael L. Hall and they have three children, David, Nathan and Elizabeth Hall.