Jelena Crawford Fordella ’03

Jelena Crawford Fordella ’03 is a solution principal in Slalom Consulting's Organizational Effectiveness practice. She brings over 13 years of consulting experience to her clients, with expertise in employee collaboration, talent management strategy and process, learning strategy and design, and organizational transformation. Jelena has partnered with clients across a breadth of organization types (Fortune 100s, nonprofits, small businesses) and industries.

In addition to her work, Jelena is deeply passionate about community building and giving back. In 2005 she took on the role of national adoption coordinator for Pap911 Dog Rescue.  By 2008, Jelena had taken on additional roles within the Atlanta community, including a five-year run as the class reunion chair at Agnes Scott.  That same year she began working as an active member of the East Atlanta Community Association where she was a board member in 2008 and president in 2009.  Jelena expanded her influence within the community over the next three years, holding a number of high-profile and impactful roles including the president of the Atlanta Beer Festival, a 2010 delegate of the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit, social media chair for the East Atlanta Business Association, as well as the editor of The Porch Press, a South East Atlanta Community newspaper.  She was also a founding member of Run Before you Crawl, a 5k run and pub crawl benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, Grant Park Parents Network, and the Grant Park Security Patrol. In 2014 she co-founded Slalom Atlanta’s GLASS (GLBT Employees Succeeding at Slalom) chapter. In 2015 she established Slalom’s partnership with Lost-n-Found Youth, which is a nonprofit organization providing shelter and professional services to endangered youths aged 13-25 in Atlanta. Most recently, she is contributing her time and efforts to supporting the Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization in its mission of fostering a strong community focused on all its residents.

Jelena’s passion for others and her accomplishments have been recognized via awards including the Ayse. I. Carden Psychology Award (2005), Slalom’s Q Award, awarded annually to the employee best exemplifying Slalom’s culture (2014), and recognition as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 (2015).

At Agnes Scott, Jelena was a Presidential Scholar with majors in psychology and economics/business. She earned her M.S. in organizational management from Georgia State University. She is proud of her heritage as an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia and is fluent in Serbo-Croatian. She lives in Atlanta with her wife Dee, her son Leo and a handful of four-legged fur-babies.