NASHVILLE, TENN. – Dec. 8, 2020 – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville, is pleased to announce that Eugene C. “Gene” Gillespie III joined the organization as Development Director.
Gillespie brings nearly four decades of enterprise-level sales experience to the role, along with deep ties to the Catholic Church community in Middle Tennessee. His primary responsibility will be developing major donors to support the many programs and services of Catholic Charities as the organization nears its 60th anniversary in 2022.
“Gene possesses the many skills needed to elevate Catholic Charities’ development to new heights,” said Executive Director Judy K. Orr. “In addition to utilizing his sales acumen, I look forward to tapping into his expertise as an entrepreneurial and growth-focused executive in many industries.”
Gillespie was most recently the head of ECG Management Consulting where he helped global entrepreneurial brands with strategic planning, operations, capitalization, and marketing. He has held top executive and sales positions with Communispace Corp., Catalina Marketing Corp., Indoor Media Group, Ernest & Julio Gallo, and Procter & Gamble.
“2020 has been a monumental year for Catholic Charities when looking at how much the organization has accomplished serving our neighbors most in need. I am thrilled to join this leadership team and help the organization find new ways and additional partners to expand its mission to serve even more people,” said Gillespie.
He currently serves as a Parish Council member for Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood and as Marketing Committee chair for Bounty and Soul Homeless Shelter in Asheville, NC. Before moving to Nashville in 2019, Gene was stewardship chairman and a parish council member at Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, GA. Gillespie is on the Advisory Council Board for the Department of Communication at his alma mater, the University of Missouri, and serves on the ExecRanks Board of Directors.
About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville, was founded in 1962 as the social service arm of the Diocese of Nashville. The organization serves people of every religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial background in 38 Middle Tennessee counties that comprise the Diocese of Nashville. Assisting more than 12,000 people per year, Catholic Charities provides a range of services that help clients through crises and toward self-sufficiency. Services include emergency financial assistance, counseling, job training, housing stability, hunger relief, and more.