Ali Gant, Chief Development Officer
Ali Gant joined GPS in June 2019 with two decades of development experience in higher education, independent schools, and human services. Gant holds both a bachelor’s degree in English and Master in Public Administration & Policy (MPA) from the University of Georgia. She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
Prior to moving to Chattanooga, Gant held major and planned giving roles with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Mercy Care, The Westminster Schools, and the University of Georgia. Her experience includes capital and comprehensive campaign leadership, volunteer management, and alumni relations.
While at the Community Foundation, Gant led business development efforts to secure complex and non-cash gifts in addition to an emphasis on donor-advised funds. During her tenure at The Westminster Schools, she served as the primary major and planned gifts officer for the $101 million Teaching for Tomorrow Campaign, also acting as coordinator for 50th reunions and endowed fund events. At UGA, she served in development roles at the Terry College of Business, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, and the Central Development office for the UGA Foundation.
Gant is a sustaining member and former board member of the Junior League of Atlanta and Athens, adding Chattanooga as her third AJLI chapter. She was a charter member of the Women of UGA Council, a 12-member ambassador committee of the UGA Alumni Association. Gant has served as board member of AFP-Atlanta, Ferst Readers for Childhood Literacy, and UGA SPIA Young Alumni Council. She was president of the Murphey Candler Baseball Auxiliary Board and Centennial co-chair for the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta.
Gant is a strong supporter of education in an all-girls environment due to her six summers at Camp Nakanawa for Girls (Crossville, Tennessee) from ages 11-18. While an undergraduate at UGA, she met her husband, Chris (McCallie '97), whose positive experience with single-sex education mirrored hers. Together, they have three boys, the oldest two being identical twins (McCallie ‘26) and the youngest an elementary school student.