Six Leaders Join National Center for Civil and Human Rights Board of Directors

Experienced in government, nonprofit and corporate leadership, new members will help advance the Center’s mission and expansion strategy

Feb. 17, 2022 (ATLANTA) – The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) today officially welcomed its new class of board of directors at The Center’s first board meeting of the year. The new directors will serve two three-year terms. The new members are:

  • Jason Dozier, City Councilmember of District 4. The representative of District 4, the Center’s city council district, serves on the Center’s board.
  • Jane C. Edmonds, Vice President for Programming and Community Outreach, Babson College; Founding Partner, Jane’s Way, LLC; based in Boston, MA
  • August D. Hammonds, Partner, Ernst & Young; based in Atlanta, GA
  • Brett Jewkes, Executive Vice President / Chief Brand and Communications Officer, BlankFamily of Businesses / AMB Sports & Entertainment; based in Atlanta, GA
  • Michelle Moorehead, Vice President of Global Licensing and Retail, The Coca-ColaCompany; based in Atlanta, GA
  • Craig Richey, Senior Managing Director, Accenture; based in Chicago, ILSelected after a months-long national process, the new board members bring extensive government, corporate, and nonprofit leadership experience to The Center.

    “We are so proud that The Center has attracted such incredible leaders from Atlanta and around the country to help us carry out our mission to promote rights and justice,” said the Hon. Shirley Franklin, The Center’s Board Chair. “Our new members will help The Center expand our programming and our campus into a national hub for education, training, and conversation that protects human dignity.”

    At the end of 2021, four board members rolled off the board, after serving two successive three-year terms: William Clarkson, Frank L. Sims, Michèle Taylor, and Brian Tolleson.

    “We’re excited to welcome our new board members and to thank our outgoing members for their service,” said Jill Savitt, The Center’s President and CEO. “The Center has benefited tremendously from their insights, guidance, and commitment.”

    Brief biographies of new members are below. Full biographies and photos for all Center board members can be accessed at

    Jason Dozier represents District 4 on the Atlanta City Council. He is the director of program operations and evaluation at Hire Heroes USA, a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering U.S. military members, veterans, and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. After graduating from Denison University with a degree in history and education, Jason joined the

United States Army where he served as a reconnaissance officer in both Iraq and Afghanistan, earning both the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.

Jane C. Edmonds, a civil rights icon in the greater Boston area, has been laser focused on advancing equity and justice across decades of private, nonprofit, and public service. She serves at Babson College as Vice President for Programming and Community Outreach. She is also a founding partner of Jane’s Way, LLC, a diversity, equity and belonging (DEB) consultancy. Jane has held senior leadership roles in the Michael Dukakis and W. Mitt Romney gubernatorial administrations.

August D. Hammonds is an audit partner in Ernst & Young’s Atlanta office, where she coordinates global services for SEC registrants, including the execution of integrated audits of the financial statements and internal control over financial reporting, coordinating services related to major transactions and periodic SEC filings. She has more than 20 years of experience providing professional services to public and private companies primarily in the consumer products & retail and building products industries. August is a member of the Lumbee American Indian Tribe of North Carolina.

Brett Jewkes leads the development and execution of internal and external marketing communications strategies across the Blank Family of Businesses (BFOB) portfolio, which includes the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of MLS, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, PGA Superstore, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. As BFOB’s Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Brett provides strategic communications counsel to founder and chairman, Arthur M. Blank, CEO Steve Cannon, and the leaders of each business and the foundation.

Michelle Moorehead, Vice President of Global licensing and Retail for The Coca-Cola Company, oversees world-wide licensed product sales, company owned retail (both stores and ecommerce), and the company’s World of Coca-Cola tourist attraction. Michelle previously held senior general management, marketing and strategy leadership roles at Reebok, Nike, and Target. She has also led client advisory work at McKinsey & Company and Forrester Research.

Craig Richey, Senior Managing Director in Accenture’s Chicago office, leads the Strategy & Consulting business for the Midwest Market Unit, providing counsel to clients in finance, talent and human potential, supply chain and operations, customer sales and service, applied intelligence, and technology. Craig is also the executive sponsor for the company’s African American Employee Resource Group (AAERG).

About The Center’s Nominating Process

The Center’s Nominating Committee, led by board member Katie Fahs, undertakes an annual process each spring to assess the mix of skills and expertise needed for The Center to fulfill its mission and then solicits nominations for the next board class to meet those needs. Board members nominate individuals, and The Center also welcomes nominations from partner institutions. Current board members interview candidates and compile a slate that ensures the board has diverse voices. The board votes each December for a new class. The Center’s board members serve two three-year terms.

About the National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The Center, founded in 2014, is a museum and human rights educational institution located in Atlanta, GA, the birthplace of the civil rights movement. We create dynamic and empathy- building experiences, teach history’s connection to the present, generate brave and difficult conversations, and inspire the change-maker in each of us to promote civil and human rights in our communities and the world. The Center connects the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s to global human rights movements for the rights of people of color, women, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people, and other marginalized groups. For more information about The Center, visit our website at Follow us on: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ctr4chr, and LinkedIn at


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