Atlanta GA - On Monday, August 31, 2009, His Excellency M. Nathaniel Barnes, Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, will commission an Atlanta businesswoman as Liberia's Honorary Consul General to the State of Georgia. Hon. Cynthia Blandford Nash, President and CEO of Global Strategies for Good, LLC, was named to this esteemed post recently by Her Excellency Madame Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia. She will be Liberia's first female African American Honorary Consul General. Her commissioning ceremony will take place at the Atlanta World Trade Center.
Hon. Nash replaces the renowned Atlanta dentist, Dr. Walter F. Young, brother of the erstwhile United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Andrew Young. He served in this portfolio since 1985, and comes from a prominent and known family in Atlanta and Georgia’s political circles.
Meanwhile, Hon. Nash is no stranger to Liberia. She has been involved in efforts to help rebuild the country since the end of a devastating fourteen-year civil conflict in 2003. Her efforts have included health and humanitarian missions, education and economic development, including trade ventures. She has continued to play a pivotal role in the ongoing discussions with Delta Air Lines concerning direct flights to Liberia, which are expected to begin later this year. Hon. Nash was appointed as the International Resource and Development Chair for the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership, Development and International Peace and Security 2009, convened by the President of Liberia and the President of Finland. Most recently, Hon. Nash launched the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) in collaboration with the Embassy of Liberia in Washington, D. C. The UCL will provide a framework for U.S. based colleges, universities and other academic institutions that are involved in Liberia to streamline their efforts with the aim of realizing maximum results in the overall interest of the Liberian people. Hon. Nash was also instrumental in launching a Sister City relationship between Greenville, Mississippi and Greenville County Liberia where an agreement between the two cities will be signed in September 2009 during a trade mission to Liberia.
Hon. Nash's connection to Liberia began in 1974 when she became the first Rotary International exchange student in Liberia. She lived in the country until 1975 and attended the University of Liberia while serving as a teacher in Yekepa, Nimba County.
Hon. Nash was born in Elmira, New York and was raised in Ithaca, New York. She has a B.A. from Georgia State University, attended Cornell University and the University of Liberia and received a Certification in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University. She serves a Vice President for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter and the Foundation Director for the Atlanta West End Rotary Club and has been recognized by Essence Magazine and Georgia’s Secretary of State for outstanding leadership, to name a few.
Hon. Nash is the daughter of Joseph and Ardella Wilson of Charlotte, North Carolina and is married to Robert S. Nash, Jr. She has one sister, Ardella Blandford, one son, three-step-children and two grandsons.