June 22, 2017

Jon Abercrombie – Director of Common Focus

Jon AbercrombieJon is the past Executive Director of FCS Urban Ministries, and the founder of Charis Community Housing in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently Jon is the Director of Common Focus, which designs and leads organizational and community dialogues.

Community Building and Facilitation Experience

Jon leads planning and visioning retreats for nonprofit, for profit and governmental organizations including groups of elected officials. He also does leadership development and facilitation for lower income urban neighborhoods.

He has facilitated planning and work retreats for governmental groups like the State Department of Community Affairs, the Regional Water Commission, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, the City of Decatur, the City of Fayetteville, NC, and the City of Marietta, GA. In addition he has facilitated the work of nonprofits like World Relief, The Bridge Family Center, Atlanta Pride, Project Open Hand, Prison Fellowship International and The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. He is a regular facilitator for the work retreats of the DeKalb County Commissioners. He also facilitated the first Metro Mayor’s Forum and the Atlanta Board of Education’s Re-zoning Taskforce.

He developed a grass root community development course for Oglethorpe University and for the School of City Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also is a designer and a leader of the statewide course on affordable housing offered to elected municipal officials for the Department of Community Affairs.