Archives: Staff Members

DJ Sims

Darrin “DJ” Sims is a minister, teacher, community organizer, and strategist. He currently serves as Director of the Truth and Transformation Initiative at The Center. In this role, he leads

The Honorable Shirley C. Franklin

Shirley Franklin was elected the first African American woman mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two terms until 2009. During her eight years as mayor of

A.J. Robinson

A.J. Robinson is President of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), two organizations committed to making the Atlanta community, and specifically Downtown, more livable, vital

Susan R. Bell

Susan Bell currently leads Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Financial Accounting Advisory Services Power & Utilities sector practice and served as managing partner of the Firm’s Atlanta office from 2007-2015.

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Ingrid Saunders Jones currently serves as Chair of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW). Recently retired from The Coca-Cola Company, she served as the Senior Vice President of

Mr. Alister Bazaz

Alister Bazaz is a Senior Vice President for Bank of America Business Capital (BABC), within Global Banking and Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is also Head of

W. Imara Canady

Currently serving as National Director for Communications & Community Engagement for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the world’s largest, non-profit, HIV/AIDS service and advocacy organization and Chair, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition

Richard Deane, Jr.

Richard Deane, Jr. is the former Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta Office at Jones Day, where he heads its litigation group, and former co-chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense

Curley Dossman, Jr.

Curley Dossman Jr. is President of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation and Vice President of Community Affairs. Outside of his current role, he serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors and

Jason Dozier

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.