Ayanna A. Grady-Hunt

“At BoardWalk, we are passionate about engaging leaders who are equally passionate about making a difference in the world in which they live, and the world our children will inherit.”

A member of the BoardWalk team since 2011, Ayanna A. Grady-Hunt has a special passion for faith-based missions and those advancing equitable and inclusive practices on behalf of diverse populations. She has leveraged her talents in recruiting, strategic research, communications, facilitation and talent development for dozens of nonprofit clients. She has played a lead role in chief executive searches for Atlanta Public Schools, Chicago Theological Seminary, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Partners for HOME, Big Brothers Big Sisters and dozens of others.


Ayanna’s roots in this work run deep, having been raised in a family deeply engaged in community for generations. A servant-leader at heart, she has been a mentor with Women in Transition (a reentry program for incarcerated women returning to society) and a Lay Eucharistic Minister in the episcopal Church. She spent a recent summer in Les Cayes, Haiti, as a volunteer at the Business and Technology Institute, an institute of higher education supported by the Episcopal Church.


Ayanna is surrounded by family members with a creative bent. Her son, a college student, is also a filmmaker and photographer, and her grandmother just published Mona, a feminist story told by a preacher’s wife — at age 95!


Ayanna will begin her PhD studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, in Fall 2019.

Ayanna A Grady-Hunt


MA, Visual Anthropology, San Francisco State University (in process)
MA, Practical Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary
BA, Journalism, with a Sociology minor, Georgia State University


Diversity, equity and inclusion
Community enhancement
Faith-based missions


Anna Whitener Fellowship for Graduate Study, Columbia Theological Seminary
Virginia Harrison Award for Leadership, Columbia Theological Seminary
Association of Black Journalists’ Award
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