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.

  • 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.

    • Deborah J. Richardson
      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 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

        • The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin
          The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin Purpose Built Communities

          Board Chair

          • Derreck Kayongo
            Derreck Kayongo National Center for Civil and Human Rights

            Chief Executive Officer

            • Lawrence Ashe, Jr.
              Lawrence Ashe, Jr. Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP

              Senior Counsel

              • Barbara Balser
                Barbara Balser Owner of Balser Enterprises
                • Tom Bernstein
                  Tom Bernstein President & Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers Management
                  • William Clarskon, IV
                    William Clarskon, IV
                    • Virgis Colbert
                      Virgis Colbert Retired Executive Vice President of Miller Brewing Company
                      • Richard Deane, Jr.
                        Richard Deane, Jr. Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day
                        • The Honorable Andre Dickens
                          The Honorable Andre Dickens Council member of the City of Atlanta
                          • Curley Dossman, Jr.
                            Curley Dossman, Jr. President of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation
                            • Aine Duggan
                              Aine Duggan President of Re:Gender
                              • Dean Eisner
                                Dean Eisner
                                • Katie Fahs
                                  Katie Fahs Marketing Consultant
                                  • The Honorable Kwanza Hall
                                    The Honorable Kwanza Hall Council member of the City of Atlanta
                                    • Ingrid Saunders Jones
                                      Ingrid Saunders Jones Chairperson of the National Council of Negro Women
                                      • Edward Montag
                                        Edward Montag CEO of A. Montag and Associates
                                        • Sunny K. Park
                                          Sunny K. Park Chief Executive Janitor of General Building Maintanence, Inc.
                                          • Egbert Perry
                                            Egbert Perry Chairman and CEO of Integral
                                            • Deborah Richardson
                                              Deborah Richardson Executive Vice President of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
                                              • A.J. Robinson
                                                A.J. Robinson President of Central Atlanta Progress
                                                • Glen Rollins
                                                  Glen Rollins
                                                  • Stephanie Russell
                                                    Stephanie Russell
                                                    • Doug Shipman
                                                      Doug Shipman Chief Executive Officer of BriteHouse
                                                      • Frank L. Sims
                                                        Frank L. Sims President of Fisk University
                                                        • Michèle Taylor
                                                          Michèle Taylor
                                                          • Paul Viera
                                                            Paul Viera CEO of Earnest Partners
                                                            • Alan Wise
                                                              Alan Wise Senior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group
                                                              • Christopher C. Womack
                                                                Christopher C. Womack Executive Vice President & President of External Affairs of Southern Company
                                                                • Andrea Young
                                                                  Andrea Young