CIFAL Atlanta

CIFAL Atlanta’s mission is to develop and strengthen the capacities of government authorities, private sector representatives and civil society leaders around the world in the areas of economic development, environmental sustainability and social development.

CIFAL Atlanta relies on a facilitative approach that promotes the transfer of experiences, skills, and best practices.

Thematic Areas:

  • Economic Development
  • Social Inclusion
  • Capacity for Agenda 2030


  • Airport Management: Economic Development, Environment, Operations, Customer Service, Technology, Safety and Security
  • Youth Leadership
  • Gender Equity


Serena Newhall

Serena Newhall

Serena Newhall currently serves as the Director of CIFAL Atlanta. Serena spent her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana and later attended high school and university in Denver, Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Colorado and received her Master of Business Administration in May 2016 from Kennesaw State University, where she was a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow.

Serena served as a Small Enterprise Development Advisor for the United States Peace Corps in Kenya from 2002-2004. After returning from her 27-month assignment, she continued her work in community development and program management while working for the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service and later with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Serena has lived in six countries on four continents, and her interests in intercultural communication and international and community development reflect her many years studying, living and working overseas in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

A married mother of two young boys, she happily dedicates a great deal of her time to packing lunches, coordinating playdates, volunteering at her children’s schools, and playing music, travelling and exploring the great outdoors with her family.

Contact us

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Tel: +1 770 217 5604
Address: 1000 Chastain Road, MD 9119
Kennesaw, GA 30144 USA