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 WhiteVP 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. FranklinPurpose Built Communities
Derreck KayongoNational Center for Civil and Human Rights
Chief Executive Officer
Lawrence Ashe, Jr.Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Barbara BalserOwner of Balser Enterprises
Tom BernsteinPresident & Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers Management
William Clarskon, IV
Virgis ColbertRetired Executive Vice President of Miller Brewing Company
Richard Deane, Jr.Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day
The Honorable Andre DickensCouncil member of the City of Atlanta
Curley Dossman, Jr.President of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation
Aine DugganPresident of Re:Gender
Katie FahsMarketing Consultant
The Honorable Kwanza HallCouncil member of the City of Atlanta
Ingrid Saunders JonesChairperson of the National Council of Negro Women
Edward MontagCEO of A. Montag and Associates
Sunny K. ParkChief Executive Janitor of General Building Maintanence, Inc.
Egbert PerryChairman and CEO of Integral
Deborah RichardsonExecutive Vice President of The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc.
A.J. RobinsonPresident of Central Atlanta Progress
Doug ShipmanChief Executive Officer of BriteHouse
Frank L. SimsPresident of Fisk University
Paul VieraCEO of Earnest Partners
Alan WiseSenior Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group
Christopher C. WomackExecutive Vice President & President of External Affairs of Southern Company