Foundation Team

Shirley Anne Smith, President & CEO

Shirley Anne Smith, Executive Director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation serving the City of Atlanta's Fire Rescue Department

Shirley Anne Smith was recruited in 2016 by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation, Inc. (AFRF) as its first President & CEO. She brings prudent leadership, fundraising acumen, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, and nonprofit management experience to her daily responsibilities. She and the organization are called upon by City of Atlanta Executive Leadership, Fire Chief Smith, and the first responders across the 36 fire rescue stations for real-time needs including essential equipment, training, and workforce readiness. 

Prior to joining the Foundation, Shirley Anne managed the volunteer experience at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. She graduated with a master’s in public administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and a dual undergraduate degree program in journalism and sociology from Georgia State University. 

She is a working mother of three children and a wife to a fire department inspector. She’s also a proud aunt to her firefighter nephew at AFRD Station 23, B Shift. Connect with Shirley on LinkedIn.

Taos Wynn, Chief Operating Officer

Taos Wynn, Deputy Director of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation serving the City of Atlanta's Fire Rescue Department

Committed to a belief that, “Everyone Matters, Everyone Deserves Respect, and Everyone Can Make a Difference,” Strategist, Community Organizer, and Human Rights Advocate, Taos Wynn was selected to join the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation (AFRF) as its first Chief Operating Officer. A Georgia native and the youngest of two sons from a military family, Wynn brings a diverse perspective and proven record of success to the executive leadership team of the organization and the more than 1,000 men and women of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

A graduate of Emory University, Wynn holds a legislative, policy and nonprofit background that has elevated communities and causes in service to others. As a change agent, Wynn has participated in international missions trips, spearheaded community initiatives, in addition to founding the Perfect Love Foundation (a love centered organization focused on community outreach and engagement in the City of Atlanta). For his leadership, Wynn has been recognized as a National Point of Light Award recipient, an Outstanding Georgia Citizen, and received the prestigious City of Atlanta Phoenix Award - among other distinctions.

Wynn actively uses his voice to champion the causes he believes in. Whether as an orator or contributor and published writer, he is fervently committed to furthering the betterment of the city of Atlanta, state of Georgia and humanity at large - a passion he now brings to the fire rescue and public safety sector through the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation (AFRF). Taos Wynn proudly resides in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.

AFRD Captain Craig Simmons (Retired), Program Director AFRD Cadet Program

Retired City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Captain Craig Simmons, Program Director City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Cadet Program

Retired AFRD Captain Craig Simmons is the Program Director for the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation’s AFRD Cadet Program. The AFRD Cadet Program is a six-month career exploration and youth pathway that introduces young men and women, ages 14-18, to careers in the fire and emergency medical services industries. Captain Simmons is responsible for recruiting interested students and overseeing the program.

In 2015, Capt. Simmons retired from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) after 26.6 years of service to the citizens and visitors of the City of Atlanta. Simmons is a well-respected and admired Fire Captain and has trained and supervised numerous AFRD firefighters, including Fire Chief Roderick M. Smith. Throughout his career with AFRD, Capt. Simmons worked at Atlanta Fire Rescue Stations 1, 4, 23, 29, 38, and at the Inspections Division. Simmons served AFRD in numerous roles and as a state-certified instructor in the Atlanta Fire Rescue Training Division.

Download BioCapt. Simmons has been married to his wife of 34 years, Robin Simmons, and has four adult children. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer and enjoys long-distance bike rides along many of Georgia’s trails such as the Silver Comet, Panola Mountain, and South River Trail.


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