NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.
Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones
National Chair/President, Executive Committee
Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company and Chair, The Coca-Cola Foundation (Atlanta, GA). As the leader of Coca-Cola’s philanthropy efforts, Ms. Jones was responsible for the company’s contribution of more than $460 million to support sustainable community initiatives, including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Catalyst, the Critical Difference for Women program at Ohio State University, the International Costal Clean-up, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the National Council of Negro Women and the World Wildlife Fund, to name a few. The Foundation also funds The Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program for first generation college students. Ms. Jones also serves on the boards of The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Jones worked with the Honorable Maynard Jackson, then Mayor of the City of Atlanta; served as a legislative analyst for the president of the Atlanta City Council; served as the Executive Director of the Detroit Wayne County Child Care Coordinating Council; and taught in the public schools of Detroit and Atlanta.
Ms. Jones is a board member of Clark Atlanta University, Woodruff Arts Center, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, The Ohio State University President’s Council on Women, and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She also is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Society of International Business Fellows, and serves on the board of the national board of directors of Girl Scouts USA.
Recognition of her leadership and contributions include the National Council of Negro Women’s 2011 Uncommon Height Award; 2011 Jackie Robinson Robie Humanitarian Award; the 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America; the 2010 Corporate Responsibility Award from ESSENCE Magazine; the 2008 Executive Leadership Council’s Achievement Award; The President’s Award from Morehouse College; The Ohio State University Foundation’s John B. Gerlach Development Award; and the Georgia State University School of Business Hall of Fame — among others.
A native of Detroit, Ms. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Michigan State University and a master’s degree in education at Eastern Michigan University. Michigan State University honored her with an honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree. She also received honorary degrees from Spelman College and Knoxville College.
The Athens Westmont Section (AWC)
In 2004, Athens Westmont Section (AWS) was chartered at Park Windsor Baptist Church in Los Angeles County by our late founder Hazel Ruth Isaiah-Ransom.
In 2005, AWS moved into the Council House during that time Hazel Ransom was awarded a grant for 700K to refurbish the Council house led by Ray Wilcox, and approximately 100 high students that donating their time and efforts to have the project completed by April 15, 2005. The grant covered the wages and other benefits for the student workers.
Over the last 10 years, AWS been at the forefront of women’s rights. Through successful programs and initiatives – focused on issues such as youth development, employment, housing, estate planning, and health.
AWS has been thriving over the years with increasing membership, new signature programs and fundraisers. The many accomplishments that resonated with AWS are Spring Fling Luncheon/Fashion Show, Zumba Classes, Financial seminars, Trust seminars, Bethune Recognitions
Luncheon, Gems Project, Affordable Care seminar, Voter registration, Fish Fry’s, and fundraisers. Some of our community projects are backpack giveaways; coat drives, collected monies to provide thanksgiving dinners with all the trimming, and an amazing Black History program. AWS signature programs are Caring is Sharing, Dress for Success, and Operation Shoebox. We are proud of these programs they set us apart from the rest.
AWS has successfully brought awareness to issues that have impacted black women and launched programs and initiatives that have made a difference.
It is said that more can be done together than any one person can do alone. Collaboration and cooperation are still the vital ingredients to harnessing the collective power of black women in the United States and across the world. NCNW is a living testament to this idea.
Hazel Ruth Isaiah-Ransom
Founder of Athens Westmont Section
NCNW has made many significant strides since its inception, just as African Americans have made substantial advancements in the areas of civil and social rights. But there is much work left to do.
Uniting black women, in purpose and action, is potent and has the ability to create a force for serious strides across economic, political and social lines. NCNW will continue its journey to lead, develop, and advocate for African American women. Through continued research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs, NCNW will translate its philosophy of service through activities designed to promote the widest and most influential impacts.
AWS Leadership Committee:
President- Yolanda Lathern | 1st Vice President- Sandi Mitchell | 2nd Vice President- Sharon Kay
3rd Vice President- Tracey Walker | Treasurer- Tomina Mitchell | Financial Secretary- Cynthia Reid-Roberts
Chaplain- Emma Lathern | Hospitality- Stacy Stevens | Corresponding Secretary- Pamela Bizzell