Marcus Rafiee Joins Foundation as Senior Director of Giving Strategies

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga has welcomed Marcus Rafiee to its team as Senior Director of Giving Strategies.

The new role focuses on deepening relationships with professional advisors to enhance their value proposition with their own clients.

“The Community Foundation aims to provide additional support and resources to the client-advisor relationship,” Rafiee said. “A good professional advisor is like a quarterback that rallies the best team — with expertise in various areas — to bring a full array of services to the client. When it comes to the discussion of philanthropy with a client, the Community Foundation is ideally suited to marry the client’s charitable interests, passions, and financial goals, and can bring robust experience to that relationship.”

When advisors partner with the Community Foundation, Rafiee helps them leverage the foundation’s philanthropic tools and expertise, so their clients can create effective giving strategies and build a legacy of impact in the community.

A Chattanooga native, Rafiee served as Chief Financial Officer for McCallie School before joining the foundation. For more than 25 years, he worked as a consulting actuary for Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) and Deloitte Consulting, advising Fortune 500 clients on employee benefit and human capital matters. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society, and he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University in Mathematics and Physics.

Rafiee has an extensive nonprofit background — both locally and beyond. He has served on the boards of McCallie School and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and he currently sits on the board of Bright School.

“The Community Foundation has become an eminent strategic partner in generosity for the Chattanooga community,” Rafiee said. “Working alongside trusted professional advisors, we will continue to bring philanthropy to the front lines, engaging and serving those who deeply care about Chattanooga’s dynamic future.”

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