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Horton Steps Up

Community Assistance Center welcomes new leadership

The Board of Directors of the Community Assistance Center (CAC) is pleased to share the appointment of Francis Horton as its new CEO, following in the footsteps of Tamara Carrera upon her retirement. Horton comes to CAC with extensive leadership experience with international nonprofits in the realm of lifting people out of poverty. He is excited to join CAC where he can apply his life-long experiences to helping neighbors in his own backyard.

Horton was selected after a comprehensive search process led by long-time CAC volunteer and board member Cece Webster, and a CAC board committee, with guidance from NPL Impact Consulting.

“Francis exemplifies servant leadership with his extensive background in nonprofits both domestically and in developing countries in the field of community development.  He understands both the circumstances and conditions leading to poverty, and more importantly, has years of frontline experience designing and implementing models to help people recover from natural disasters, food insecurity, inadequate housing, and poor access to education and sustainable jobs. We are thrilled he is joining CAC,” said Webster. 

Horton has a proven track of building, training, managing and inspiring large teams over many years in top professional positions in Africa, Asia, Pakistan with International Mission Board, Samaritan’s Purse and others. Such teams have included hundreds of volunteers across countries diverse in race, religion and ethnicity.

“When I first found CAC on the internet I thought it looked like an organization doing things well.  Now, to have an opportunity to be part of that, building on the foundation laid by Tamara, is incredible.  I look very forward to working with the CAC team to effectively and efficiently get help to neighbors in need,” he says.

He and his wife Angie have volunteered at the CAC food pantry and thrift shop, and he is determined to continue Carrera’s long legacy of providing all people served with dignity and hope. 

Horton was trained early in his career as an attorney with his J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State. He and Angie have 4 children and 8 grandchildren, and they look forward to being a strong part of the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities where he can share his global experiences in his own community with support from his family.

“Francis is well positioned with the right leadership skills, values and motivation to move CAC from ‘good to great’ to achieve even further impact in service of our critical mission,” said CAC Board Chair Anne Hicks.

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