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.
2017 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.
2017 Campaign Chairman
John B. Owen
John Owen joined Regions in 2007 and is head of the Regional Banking Group, which includes the businesses that serve retail customers and small businesses, the Wealth Management Group, the branch network and its market leaders, Corporate Marketing, E-Business, Operations and Technology. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.
Owen joined Regions as head of Operations and Technology, where he served until 2009, when he was named head of the company’s Consumer Services Group. Before being named to his current position as head of the Regional Banking Group in 2014, Owen served two years as head of Business Lines, which included the Business Services, Consumer Services, Consumer Lending, and Wealth Management groups. Prior to joining Regions, he served as chief executive officer of Assurant Specialty Property, a Fortune 500 company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Owen began his service at Assurant in 1998 as senior vice president of Information Technology.
Owen also served as senior vice president of Global Systems Development for Citicorp Credit Services, chief information officer of North American Operations for Arrow Electronics, and senior vice president of Technology for American Airlines. He began his career in information systems with McDonnell-Douglas.
Owen holds a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from Auburn University School of Engineering in Auburn, Alabama. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Financial Services Roundtable. He serves on the boards of directors for the Birmingham Business Alliance, the United Way of Central Alabama and the Consumer Bankers Association, and advisory boards for Fundation and the UAB Collat School of Business.
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.