Felecia Lucky is the President of the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama. The Black Belt Community Foundation was established to support community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation, and success in Alabama’s 12 poorest counties—the Black Belt. As Executive Director of the Foundation, Felecia values regular input from the communities and works diligently to strengthen the communities in the areas of the environment, health and human services, education, youth, arts and culture, and economic and community development to transform Alabama’s Black Belt.
Born in 1969 in the indigent neighborhood of Livingston, Alabama, Felecia continues to exercise her loyalty to excellence and the principles of hard work which have propelled her throughout her entire life. A product of the Sumter County, Alabama Schools, Felecia excelled in academics including earning a B.S. degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University and M.B.A. degree from the University of Alabama.
Prior to serving as President of the Foundation, Felecia worked as an Internal Auditor in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as an Accounting Supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee for Cargill, Inc. Felecia then returned home to Alabama to serve as Executive Director of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority. This position provided a tremendous opportunity for Felecia to affect positive change in her home county. With a sincere desire to improve the quality of life for Sumter County citizens, Felecia worked with Auburn University to spearhead Sumter County’s first leadership development program. Fueled even more by the passion to provide opportunities to the youth of the region, Felecia partnered once again with Auburn University to launch the Inaugural Black Belt Legacy Camp. In an effort to paint an accurate picture of the region that is often described as desolate, she partnered with the University of Alabama to launch the Black Belt 100 Lenses Project where the culture of the Black Belt was depicted through the eyes of its youth. Through her work, Felecia believes strongly in building stronger community with residents of the community, not for residents of the communities.
Felecia is very active in community development, serving on a variety of committees and boards, including the Council on Foundations Community Foundation Leadership Team, Black Belt Commission, and Southeastern Council on Foundations. Further, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Felecia is a graduate of both Leadership Alabama and Leadership Sumter County. She is also a 2006 Southeastern Council on Foundations Hull Fellow, a 2013 Aspen Ideas Scholar, and a 2016 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute.
As a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston, Alabama, Felecia serves as Minister of Music.