David Weitnauer has served as president of The R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation since 2007. The Dobbs Foundation was established by the late Howard Dobbs who served as chief executive officer of the Life Insurance Company of Georgia for 20 years. Mr. Dobbs was a visionary Atlanta business and civic leader and the Foundation seeks to build on his legacy by supporting educational opportunities, improving access to health services, and promoting environmental stewardship.
Prior to his appointment to the Dobbs Foundation, Weitnauer served as director and then executive director of the Rockdale Foundation from 1998 to 2007. Under David’s leadership, the Rockdale Foundation’s mission was two-fold. Internationally, Rockdale was quite active in the microfinance industry in 2000 – 2008, providing early support to many influential industry initiatives, including the MiX Market, the Deutsche Bank Microcredit Development Fund, Sanabel (the microfinance industry association of the MENA region) and launching the Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund in 2003. Locally, the Foundation supported the reform of the Atlanta Public Schools.
A graduate of Davidson College, Weitnauer holds a doctorate of theology and a master of divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. He is an ordained Presbyterian minister. In addition to serving in pastoral positions at several Presbyterian congregations (Morningside Presbyterian, Roswell Presbyterian and North Decatur Presbyterian, all in Atlanta, and South Highland Presbyterian in Birmingham, Ala.), he was a pastoral counselor at the Georgia Association for Pastoral Care from 1990 to 2000.
Weitnauer also serves as a trustee of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia and Chairs the Advisory Committee for the Foundation Center Library in Atlanta.