Porter-Leath Hires New Chief Financial Officer

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Porter-Leath recently welcomed Donna Fernandez as its Chief Financial Officer, where she will support the Board, the President, and lead the finance team in developing and implementing strategies to support short-term and long-term success.

Porter-Leath is a $40M+ agency with 650+ employees, which serves 50,000+ children and families each year. Its finance team maintains fully funded programs through budgeting, accounting and reporting of public and private resources. As CFO, Fernandez will play a key role in sustaining services that support socioemotional and developmental health at all stages of life.

“Porter-Leath’s programs are powered by the exceptional people on our professional team,” said Sean Lee, President of Porter-Leath. “We move our mission forward by attracting and retaining top talent.” Porter-Leath’s mission is empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle.

Fernandez was born and raised in Manchester, England, moved to the United States almost twenty years ago and continued her career in finance. She is a Chartered Accountant who has worked at national and international companies including KPMG, Smith & Nephew, Yusen Logistics and ServiceMaster. She most recently served as the VP and Controller at TruckPro, the locally based Private Equity owned company.

“Joining the Porter-Leath team marks a new career chapter for me at one of Memphis’ top nonprofits,” said Fernandez. “I am thrilled to lend my finance expertise to this key role, working in a capacity that serves the community. An innovative, dedicated and strategic finance team is key to ensure the success of any organization and particularly important to a growing nonprofit as they continue to enhance the quality of existing programs and launch new and innovative programs to serve the community. I am excited to be part of Porter-Leath’s team and future.”

Recognized as a Top Mid-Size Workplace by Workplace Dynamics and The Commercial Appeal, Porter-Leath offers competitive salaries and advancement opportunities while maintaining one of the lowest administrative rates in the region. Its finance team ensures outcomes by managing complex revenue streams from individual, foundation and corporate giving as well as federal, state and local funding.