Joe Handy

Strategic Advisor

One of the bright spots of 2020 was having Joe Handy join the Cornerstone team as a Strategic Advisor.  Joe is an accomplished operations executive with a strong business acumen, vision, servant leadership focus, and entrepreneurial mindset.  His demonstrated leadership during his years of work experience as well as his commitment to community service exemplify the core values of Cornerstone.

Joe was a member of the Georgia Aquarium’s founding team, when he was hired as Director of Visitor Services in 2005.  During his 15+ years at the Aquarium, he rose through the ranks, ultimately serving as the President and Chief Operating Officer.  It was during this time that Joe worked closely with some of Cornerstone’s senior leaders and forged a working relationship with shared values that will greatly contribute to Cornerstone’s growth and success.

Beyond his work at Georgia Aquarium and his subsequent role as President and CEO of the National Black MBA Association, Handy is heavily involved in the Atlanta community. He serves on the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Foundation Board of Trustees and the Strategic Planning Committee, the Advisory Boards of KSU Business School, Central Atlanta Progress, the Morehouse Leadership Honor Society, and the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Handy is also a member of the 100 Black Men of N. Metro Atlanta and serves as Co-Chair of the Celebration Bowl Advisory Board.

Handy was born and raised in New York, where he graduated with honors from The College of New Rochelle with a Liberal Arts Degree and a concentration in Political Science. He later went on to earn his Executive MBA from KSU. While in New York, Handy spent nine years at the American Museum of Natural History and helped launch the Rose Center for Earth and Space.