In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Renay Blumenthal has forged a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most respected community leaders — with deep ties to Atlanta’s civic, foundation, business and political sectors.
As president of the Grady Health Foundation, she leads and manages all aspects of the foundation, including setting the foundation’s strategic direction, coordinating all fundraising activities, and providing community outreach to increase support for Grady. The foundation brings together philanthropists, corporate leaders and civic activists to increase public awareness, raise critical dollars and improve the quality of healthcare services for metro Atlanta and the state.
Blumenthal’s career spans a rare mix of both public and private sector experience. For nearly 10 years, she served as senior vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where she directed initiatives to strengthen the region and city.
Blumenthal has been a trusted adviser to Georgia’s top elected officials, serving as policy director to former Gov. Roy Barnes, budget and policy director to former Gov. Zell Miller, and budget chief to former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. She was also instrumental to former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s transition team. In the private sector, Blumenthal worked as a program development and lending officer for Trust Company Bank in Savannah, Georgia and as a controller for Aratex Services, Inc.
Throughout her career, Blumenthal has used her positions of authority to strengthen Grady. The Greater Grady Task Force, run by the Chamber under Blumenthal’s guidance, helped galvanize public support for Grady Hospital that led to a $325 million infusion. During her tenure with Gov. Barnes, she was part of a team that secured state and federal funding for Grady and helped form the Georgia Cancer Coalition, which created Grady’s Cancer Center for Excellence.
A native Atlantan, Blumenthal is a cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech and holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University. She was a Georgia Trend “40 under 40″ honoree in 2001 and a member of the Leadership Georgia class in 2000 and Leadership Atlanta class in 2006. She has been named a “Power Chick” for four years in a row by James Magazine and a “Notable Georgian” by Georgia Trend. She was also recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA in 2009 and received an Impact Leader award from Business to Business magazine in 2010.
Blumenthal serves on several community boards. She is immediate past chair of Leadership Atlanta, immediate past chair of the Clean Air Campaign, and a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors, Georgia Forward and the Women’s Forum of Georgia. She and her husband, Ned live in Atlanta and have two young children, Michael and Rachel.