Our Team

Center for Civil and Human Rights

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

LEADERSHIP
  • Derreck Kayongo
    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.

    • Adrienne White
      Adrienne White VP 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

      BOARD OF DIRECTORS
      • The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin
        The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin Purpose Built Communities

        Board Chair

        • A.J. Robinson
          A.J. Robinson President of Central Atlanta Progress
          • Councilmember Natalyn M. Archibong
            Councilmember Natalyn M. Archibong Atlanta City Council, District 5
            • Lawrence Ashe, Jr.
              Lawrence Ashe, Jr. Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

              Senior Counsel

              • Barbara Balser
                Barbara Balser Owner of Balser Enterprises
                • Mr. Alister Bazaz
                  Mr. Alister Bazaz Senior Vice President, Bank of America Business Capital
                  • Ms. Susan R. Bell
                    Ms. Susan R. Bell Partner, Americas Financial Accounting Advisory
                    • Tom Bernstein
                      Tom Bernstein President & Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers Management
                      • William Clarskon, IV
                        William Clarskon, IV
                        • Richard Deane, Jr.
                          Richard Deane, Jr. Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day
                          • Curley Dossman, Jr.
                            Curley Dossman, Jr. President, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation
                            • Katie Fahs
                              Katie Fahs Marketing Consultant
                              • Ingrid Saunders Jones
                                Ingrid Saunders Jones Chairperson, the National Council of Negro Women
                                • Derreck Kayongo
                                  Derreck Kayongo National Center for Civil and Human Rights

                                  Chief Executive Officer

                                  • Edward Montag
                                    Edward Montag CEO, A. Montag and Associates
                                    • Sunny K. Park
                                      Sunny K. Park Chief Executive Janitor, General Building Maintenance, Inc.
                                      • Egbert Perry
                                        Egbert Perry Chairman and CEO, Integral
                                        • Glen Rollins
                                          Glen Rollins Private Investor
                                          • Stephanie Russell
                                            Stephanie Russell Community Volunteer
                                            • Doug Shipman
                                              Doug Shipman CEO, BrightHouse
                                              • Frank L. Sims
                                                Frank L. Sims President of Fisk University
                                                • Mr. Henry “Hank” Thomas
                                                  Mr. Henry “Hank” Thomas CEO, Victoria Hospitality Properties, Inc.
                                                  • Michèle Taylor
                                                    Michèle Taylor Community Volunteer
                                                    • Mr. Brian Tolleson
                                                      Mr. Brian Tolleson Founder/Head of Content, Bark Bark
                                                      • Paul Viera
                                                        Paul Viera CEO, Earnest Partners
                                                        • Councilmember Cleta Winslow
                                                          Councilmember Cleta Winslow Atlanta City Council, District 5
                                                          • Alan Wise
                                                            Alan Wise Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
                                                            • Christopher C. Womack
                                                              Christopher C. Womack Executive Vice President & President of External Affairs, Southern Company
                                                              • Andrea Young
                                                                Andrea Young Community Volunteer
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