President & CEO of Workforce at Savannah Economic Development Authority
Anna Chafin joined the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Workforce in January 2024. She is leading the team that is standing up the new regional workforce organization.
Prior to joining SEDA, Anna served as the CEO of the Development Authority of Bryan County for 10 years. She has worked in economic development in coastal Georgia for almost 20 years.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Mercer University with minors in Business Administration and English. Anna is a graduate of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, Leadership Bryan, Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), and Leadership Georgia.
Anna has held various leadership positions in the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), including chairing the organization in 2017. Anna was originally appointed to the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) by Governor Nathan Deal, and Governor Brian Kemp reappointed her to a second term, which she is currently serving. Anna is a past chair of the GSFC board and the LSEGA Alumni Association.
In 2022, Anna received the GEDA Rip Wiley Award for Professional Excellence and the Emerging Leader Award from the Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum. Anna and her husband, Justin, live with their 11-year-old son, Samuel, in Richmond Hill.
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