From Special Reports

The board of directors of the Coweta Community Foundation has announced the selection of Newnan native Orren L. Jones to serve as the organization’s executive director.

Most recently, Jones served as program coordinator with the Newnan office of the Southern Crescent Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center, where she advocated for victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Coweta. She holds a master’s degree from the University of West Georgia in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and served with UWG in Quito, Ecuador, as well as at Willowbrooke at Tanner, where she counseled children and adolescents.

Jones noted that she is “very passionate about education on trauma and its effects on survivors. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to work closely with many children who were victims of sexual and physical abuse. This work and advocating for victims of abuse is a huge passion of mine.”

Jones also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio arts from UWG and mostly works in mixed media. “When I was a little girl, my mom began fostering an adoration of art and culture in me with regular visits to family in New Orleans,” she said. “It’s a bright and colorful city. Somehow those colors always work themselves into my artwork.”

For more than a decade, Jones worked with her family’s business, RDJE, Inc., a full-service construction company headquartered in Newnan. “My family has been here for eight generations,” Jones said. “My great-grandfather, grandfather and father all worked very hard to grow and develop the family business, and I often draw from the examples of incredible work ethic that I have seen in them.” She added, “My two nieces and my nephew are my heart.”

“I’ve been interested in the nonprofit world since 2012 and have always enjoyed working in it,” Jones said. “When this opportunity presented itself, it also presented a challenge that I had not yet tackled. I’m going to get a chance to be hands-on with the pieces I haven’t yet experienced directly.”

Jones said she looks forward to the growth opportunities with the Foundation. “I cherish this community immensely, and being able to serve Coweta in a more extensive way will be an honor. We’re a community with big hearts, and this is a way to give back to the community that has played a huge part in who I am today.”

The Coweta Community Foundation celebrated 20 years of service in 2017, and the board decided to search for an executive director to help fulfill its mission of serving the community. As executive director, Jones will have complete responsibility for the business, management, development, public relations and operations of the Foundation.

“The Board of Directors of the Coweta Community Foundation is thrilled to have Orren Jones as our new executive director,” said board chair Will Conoly. “Throughout her career, Orren has exhibited an ability to work with different Coweta agencies and nonprofits in a true collaborative effort, which is what CCF strives to do. We’re excited to have her on board and look forward to seeing how she helps us grow the Community Foundation.”

Orren L. Jones