Nancy Cobb, CEcD
Nancy Cobb has served as the Executive Director of the OneGeorgia Authority since July 2002. She has worked to promote policies and programs supporting rural economic development in Georgia under Governors Barnes and Perdue. Nancy’s reappointment by Governor Nathan Deal provides an opportunity to continue this important mission. The OneGeorgia Authority was legislatively created in 2000 utilizing one-third of the state’s tobacco settlement funds. The Authority expects to receive $1.6 billion over the course of the twenty-five year settlement.
Prior to her initial appointment Nancy served as interim Executive Director of the Authority for nine months. Coming on board shortly after start-up as Finance Officer, she has been an integral part of the policies, program development and operations of the Authority.
Nancy was born and raised on a diversified farm in Jenkins County. She was educated in the public schools in Millen and holds an A.S. degree from Middle Georgia College and a BBA in Accounting from Georgia State College and University. She is a Certified Economic Developer, Certified Governmental Finance Officer and a Certified Public Accountant candidate, having passed all testing requirements.
Nancy has developed a diverse background in financial/accounting and rural economic development through her professional career in both the public and private sector. She was Finance Officer and Grant Administrator for nearly a decade in her hometown of Millen prior to moving to Dublin in 1983. She joined Freeman, Daniel, Tydings & Company as an accountant, resigning in late 1991 to accept the position of Controller for Cellular Plus, an early leader in rural Georgia for high-tech communications. Prior to joining the OneGeorgia Authority, Nancy served as Corporate Accounting Manager for Dublin Construction Company, an established leader in commercial and industrial construction for over 55 years in the Southeastern United States.
At the state level she serves on a number of boards and councils including the Georgia Rural Development Council, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Georgia Centers of Innovation, Georgia Cities Foundation, and Middle Georgia College Board of Trustees. Nancy was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Board of Trustees for Southern Growth Policies Board, a 13-state policy and think-tank group and also serves on the National Register Review Board for Historic Preservation.
In her community, Nancy is a graduate of the Dublin-Laurens Leadership program, Program Chair of the Dublin Rotary Club, retired member of the Dublin Service League, and an active member of Pine Forest United Methodist Church.
Nancy and her husband, Dr. Robert Cobb, have three children.