Our Team

The Center is led by a dynamic group of local and national civic and business leaders. Together, they monitor our growth and progress

The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin    
(Board Chair)
Purpose Built Communities
Atlanta, GA

Derreck Kayongo
Chief Executive Officer
National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta, GA

Lawrence Ashe, Jr.
Senior Counsel
Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Atlanta, GA

Edward Ned Montag
A. Montag & Associates
Atlanta, GA
Barbara B. Balser
Naples, FL

Sunny K. Park
Chief Executive Janitor
General Building Maintenance, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Tom A. Bernstein
President and Co-Founder
Chelsea Piers Management
New York, N.Y.
Egbert L. J. Perry
Chairman and CEO
The Integral Group, LLC
Atlanta, Ga.
Dr. William (Bill) Clarkson, IV
Atlanta, GA

Deborah Richardson
Executive Vice President
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Edith Dee Cofrin
Community Volunteer
Atlanta, GA

A.J. Robinson
Central Atlanta Progress
Atlanta, GA

Virgis Colbert
Miller Brewing Company
Riviera Beach, FL
Glen W. Rollins
Atlanta, GA

Richard H. Deane, Jr.
Jones Day
Atlanta, GA

Stephanie Russell
Atlanta, GA

The Honorable Andre Dickens
Council Member
Atlanta City Council
Atlanta, GA

Doug Shipman
Atlanta, GA

Curley Dossman, Jr.
Georgia-Pacific, LLC.
Atlanta, GA

Frank L. Sims
Fisk University
Atlanta, GA

Aine Duggan
New York, N.Y.
Michèle Taylor
Atlanta, GA
Dean Eisner
Longboat Key, FL

Alan Wise
Senior Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group
Atlanta, GA       
Katie Fahs
Marketing Consultant
Atlanta, GA
Chris Womack
Executive Vice President and
President, External Affairs
Southern Company
Atlanta, GA
The Honorable Kwanza Hall
Council Member
Atlanta City Council
Atlanta, Ga
Andrea Young
Executive Director
Andrew Young Foundation
Atlanta, GA
Ingrid Saunders Jones
National Council of Negro Women
Atlanta, GA
Paul Viera
EARNEST Partners
Atlanta, GA



Derreck Kayongo, Chief Executive Officer

Derreck Kayongo is the Chief Executive Officer of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. He and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in Kenya as refugees. He then found his way to the U.S. where he became a successful entrepreneur as the founder of the Global Soap Project, a program which takes partially used soap from hotels, recycles them into new bars of soap, and redistributes the new bars to vulnerable populations around the world.

Kayongo has been featured as a TEDx speaker and at several corporate and university forums. He recently coauthored, “The Roadmap to Success,” with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. Ken Blanchard. Within this work, Kayongo focuses on Understanding the Instructive Power of Failure When Building Successful Ventures.

Kayongo has also been a guest on several news programs including the Christiana Amanpour Show and BBCs Focus on Africa. Currently he’s at work on a new book, scheduled to be released in 2016, that focuses on how he found his calling in life as a former refugee.

Kayongo is a graduate of the prestigious Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Deborah J. Richardson, Executive Vice President

Deborah J. Richardson is the Executive Vice President of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, leading its philanthropic partnerships.   She recently served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer during the organization’s search for its permanent CEO.  Prior to joining NCCHR in 2011, Deborah was Chief Program Officer at Women’s Funding Network in San Francisco, CEO of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Director of Program Development for Fulton County Juvenile Court, founding Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Fund (now YouthSpark) and Managing Director of the National Black Arts Festival.

Deborah has received honors by many organizations for her advocacy; among them, the "Lives of Commitment Award" from Auburn Theological Seminary,  "The Pathbreaker Award" from Shared Hope International, “The Big Voice Award” from Georgia Voices for Children, and the “Community Service Award” from Spelman College Board of Trustees.  She is a nationally recognized leader on social justice for women and girls and ending child sex trafficking.  She has designed leading programs for girls victimized by trafficking and testified before Congress.

She has a Masters of Arts in Leadership from St. Mary's College of California and is a doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Social Change from Union Institute & University.


 Adrienne A. White, Vice President of Finance

Adrienne A. White is the VP of Finance of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She comes to The Center from The Coca-Cola Company, where she had eight years of Corporate Finance experience. She started her career in Ernst & Young LLP’s external audit services.

“Give. Serve. Love,” is White’s personal mantra, which she embeds into her professional, civic and personal life. She has taken on numerous leadership roles within the Atlanta community, including an APS Charter School, political organizations, Black Girls RUN!, Outstanding Atlanta, LEAD Atlanta, and New Leaders Council.
White is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Georgia and RRCA certified running coach. She earned her Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Commerce; Concentration in Accounting from The University of Virginia