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Trustbuilding Inc. Executive Director Named

Trustbuilding Inc. Executive Director Named

Chalton Askew has been named executive director of Trustbuilding Inc. by a unanimous vote of the board of directors. He began his position Feb. 1.

Askew is a lifelong resident of Troup County, a product of the Troup County School System, and a graduate of LaGrange College, where he earned a degree in business administration. He is retired from Interface Inc., after 30 years serving in accounting and finance roles.

He is one of the founding board members of Trustbuilding Inc., serving on the board since 2015.  He has been a participant in the Racial Trustbuilding training (Levels I and II) offered by the organization.

Additionally, he has completed Community Trustbuilding Fellowship (Class of 2017), Facilitation, Call to Community trainings with Hope in the Cities of Richmond, Virginia, and Non-Violence 365 Orientation at the King Center in Atlanta.

Askew’s community engagement includes Troup Transformation, Troup Acts, and the Education Taskforce. He is a volunteer with Troup County Schools 345 Thrive program as a virtual tutor.

“I join co-chair Dan McAlexander and our entire board in welcoming Chalton to this position,” said Carl Von Epps, co-founder of the initiative. “He is deeply committed to our mission and has gone out of his way to prepare himself for this role. I am confident we will make great progress under his leadership.”

Askew said he is excited to begin this new chapter in his life.

“I view this as accepting a calling to help the community where I grew up to become more equitable and hopeful for all of our children and grandchildren,” he said. “The relationships between black and white citizens that have already been developed through the work of this organization have formed the foundation of racial progress. I am humbled yet inspired to lead this vital work going forward.” Trustbuilding Inc. is a 50l(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded by Ricky Wolfe (co-chair emeritus) and Von Epps.  The organization’s mission is to bridge the racial divide in Troup County through trust building, research, community collaboration and action, in order to remove barriers that prevent full access to opportunities for all. To date, Trustbuilding Inc. has brought together more than 300 Troup County citizens to engage in challenging, honest conversations about racial issues in our communities.

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