Posted on December 28th, 2016

Hilton Head Island, SC – Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has elected two new members to its board of directors.

Allen Ward, Bluffton, is president and principal of Ward Edwards, Inc., a civil/environmental engineering and allied services firm headquartered in Beaufort County and serving coastal South Carolina and Georgia. He was a founding director of Atlantic Community Bank, chartered in 2006, for which he served on the compensation, credit and building committees.

Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering and environmental systems engineering from Clemson University. In addition he’s participated in the Management Development Program for Engineers at the University of South Carolina and has earned a leadership certificate from US Army War College National Security Program.

Ward’s current business and community associations include Liberty Fellowship, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Greater Island Council (of Hilton Head/Bluffton) and SC Youth Leadership Conference (founding director).

David Wetmore, Hilton Head Island, currently serves as board chair for Grange Mutual Insurance Companies and Nationwide Mutual Funds Group. Early in his career he worked for KPMG, where he became a managing partner at age 35. He went on to become president and chair of several publicly-held software services companies, and later helped start an investment banking and venture capital fund serving the technology industry.

Wetmore has extensive nonprofit board experience, including Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island, Long Cove Community Property Owners Association, Columbus Zoo, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Foundation, Private Industry Council of Franklin County, Salesian Inner City Boys Club and United Way of Franklin County.

Wetmore earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Ohio State University.

Since 1994, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been connecting people, resources and needs by helping build stronger communities and assisting donors in making a difference through charitable giving. With more than 300 charitable funds, combined assets totaling $63 million and grantmaking and scholarships reaching $58 million, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

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