Joy Wilkins, CEcD

Joy Wilkins is a frequent advisor, speaker, instructor, and author on economic development, strategic planning, community capacity building, leadership development, and quality management topics.  As a Senior Fellow with the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute, she provides advisory and facilitation services to support leaders in their efforts to improve the economic, social, and environmental conditions of the communities we live in.   Joy also researches and shares best practices regarding high performance organizational development.  She has served as a consultant for clients in the United States and Canada.  

Previously, Joy served as Group Manager for Community Innovation Services at Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute and oversaw the development and delivery of the Institute’s planning, research, and educational services for leaders in economic development and government representing cities, counties, regions, and state and federal entities.  She built and grew a unit into a highly successful, talented, and recognized group of service-oriented team members and served as an accomplished member of the general faculty for more than 10 years.   In another prior capacity, Joy served as a researcher with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce where she produced customized reports and publications concerning metro Atlanta’s economic development landscape for a wide range of investors.  While at the Chamber, much of her work was concentrated on addressing research needs associated with Atlanta’s hosting of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

Joy entered the economic development profession in 1994 and has been a Certified Economic Developer by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) since 2002.  She has a master’s degree in city planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology; a graduate certificate in real estate from Georgia State University; and a bachelor’s degree, with majors in sociology and political science, from the State University of New York at Fredonia.  Joy serves on the IEDC Board of Directors and has been actively involved in a number of other professional associations and committees.

Joy Wilkins, CEcD Senior Fellow, The University of Georgia Fanning Institute

Joy Wilkins, CEcD

Senior Fellow, The University of Georgia Fanning Institute

Athens, Georgia, United States

Facilitation & Strategic Planning
Finance & Fiscal Impact
Career Stage
  • Fellow
  • Next Gen
  • Mid-Career
  • Bridge
  • Encore
  • Emeritus