With great passion and conviction, SMILE Chief Financial Officer Brenda Foulcard has been busy continuing the National Community Action Promise: “Community Action changes people’s lives and embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.”
A Lafayette resident who relocated from Augusta, Ga., Foulcard is just as committed to enforcing SMILE’s tri-parish mission statement: “SMILE Community Action Agency empowers people and communities for economic independence through education, human and social services.”
Serving in Leadership roles, Foulcard served as SMILE’s Finance Director, Interim Executive Director, and presently serving Chief Financial Officer and Assistant to Chief Executive Officer which oversaw its $22 million budget for programs, which help the disadvantaged of St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette Parishes to become more self-sufficient.
She was elected state treasurer for the Association of Community Action Partnerships of Louisiana (ACAP-Louisiana), and represented SMILE with the La. Association of Non-Profit Organizations (LANO) and the National Community Action Partnerships. Foulcard has also served as a member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Committee and the Workforce Investment Board’s SOS Committee. She represented SMILE as a member of the Salvation Army Taskforce Commission, which completed its community strategic plan.
A graduate of USL, and University of Phoenix (MBA) have assisted non-profits in building stronger communities for over 20 years. She also has work for companies such as General Electric, Georgia Power Company, and Augusta Bottling Company. Foulcard has been recognized by “Top Female Executives,” and received the “Hero Award” for outstanding innovative leadership.