Our success and ability to help people in our community depends on the support of enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Our board members play a vital role in our vision, mission and policies, which help set the course for driving positive change within Central Alabama.
2018 Chairman of the Board
Mark Crosswhite is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company, which provides electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state.
Before taking the helm at Alabama Power, Crosswhite served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Southern Company, Alabama Power’s parent company. He was responsible for Southern Company’s operations organization, which includes generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning, research and environmental affairs, and fleet operations and trading. Crosswhite also was responsible for Southern Power, which provides energy to municipalities, electric cooperatives, and investor-owned utilities.
Crosswhite started at Southern Company in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Company Generation. Prior to that, he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Ala., where he practiced in the Energy Section for 17 years.
In 2006 Crosswhite joined Alabama Power as senior vice president and counsel, where he oversaw the company’s legal matters. In 2008 he was named executive vice president for External Affairs, where he directed regulatory affairs, economic and community development, public relations, environmental affairs, and governmental affairs. In 2011 Crosswhite became president and chief executive officer of Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary based in Pensacola, Fla.
Crosswhite is chairman of the board of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and the vice chairman and chairman-elect of the United Way of Central Alabama board. He serves on several corporate, civic, and nonprofit boards, including the Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Business Alliance, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc., Southern Research, the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, Virginia Samford Theatre, and Leadership Birmingham. He also serves on the president’s advisory council of the Freshwater Land Trust. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet of the University of Alabama and a graduate of Leadership Alabama.
Crosswhite is a native of Decatur, Ala. His family has deep roots in the state, dating to the early 19th century. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1984 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Crosswhite and his wife, Jane Emily, have two sons.
2018 Campaign Chairman
Alan joined Regions in 2016 and is an Executive Vice President in Commercial Banking. Regions is a regional bank that operates throughout the South, Midwest and Texas and is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.
Prior to coming on board with Regions in 2016, Alan held the positions of City President, Commercial Banking Manager, and Commercial Relationship Manager with BBVA Compass (2001-2016). Before his time with BBVA Compass, Alan served in a National Account Manager role with Fleet Bank (1999-2001), and prior to his time at Fleet, served in various treasury/finance roles with GTE (1992-1999). Alan started his banking career with First Florida Bank in Tampa in 1986.
Alan is a 1986 graduate of Samford University, earning a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Through the years, he has also participated in numerous company offered/sponsored commercial lending and finance courses.
Register currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Way and Red Mountain Theatre Company. He is also a member of Samford University’s Board of Trustees and is a member of the Brock School of Business (Samford University) Advisory Board.
President and CEO
With his degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, at Greensboro, Drew joined the United Way movement in 1988 in Greensboro, NC. In 1991, he moved to Birmingham as VP Resource Development for United Way of Central Alabama and completed his MBA at Samford University. He left Birmingham for Baltimore in 1999 to become the Senior Vice President, Resource Development and Marketing for United Way of Central Maryland and in 2004, became President and Chief Professional Officer, United Way of Delaware.
He returned to Birmingham in 2008 as President and CEO, with a vision to elevate UWCA to a top model for making lasting changes to complex problems. To solve today’s problems, he believes it will take non profit agencies, municipalities, corporations, foundations, academic, and faith communities working together with a common focus.