Current LEAD Atlanta Class


LEAD Atlanta is an intensive eight-month leadership development and community education program targeted at promising young professionals in Metro Atlanta.  Starting with the Class of 2018, class participants will range between the ages of 27 and 34. Through personal and professional development and broad exposure to the community, LEAD Atlanta aims to equip young leaders early in their careers with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective leader committed to the common good. Established in 2004 as an initiative of Leadership Atlanta, the program is distinguished by its unique integration of personal, professional, and community education.

LEAD Atlanta boasts a diverse roster of accomplished alumni. These young leaders, and all who follow their example, represent the next generation of Metro Atlanta's leaders.

Class of 2022

Sameed Afghani   Alexandra Joseph
Vice President & General Manager   Associate Attorney
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra   Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP
Samuel Aguilar   Shannon Joyner
Workforce Development Director   Director of Marketing
Corners Outreach   Atlanta Falcons
Julie Allen   Evan Karanovich
Principal/CEO   Lead Advisor to the Chairman & CEO
International Community School   Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Krystal Anthony   Alana Kirkland
Brand Strategy Manager   Entertainment and Media Attorney
Georgia Power   Greenberg Traurig LLP
Annie Appleton   Joel Langdon
Director, Development   Associate
Teach for America - Metro Atlanta   Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
Maria Alejandra Baetti   Kelly Harper Lee
Product Designer   North American McKinsey Black Network 
T3   Professional Development Specialist
    McKinsey & Company
Umar Bakhsh    
Counsel   Jacob Martin
Eversheds Sutherland   Senior Consultant
    The Miles Group
Nadia Bashar    
Consultant   Cora Miller
Deloitte   VP, External Affairs and United Health Foundation
    UnitedHealth Group
Maxine Bier    
International Trade Manager   Tony Mitchell
Georgia Department of Economic Development   Associate Director of State Government Affairs
    CSL Behring
Andrea Bilbija    
Lead Counsel, Privacy   Melanie Moore
Facebook   Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
    Cox Automotive
Amanda Bisgaard    
Family Literacy Program Manager   Brandon Morgan
Hands On Atlanta   Orthodontist
    Beautiful Smiles Dental Centers
Katie Brown    
Senior Manager   Christian Murphy
Coxe Curry & Associates   Chief Development Officer
    Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Malik Brown    
Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Office of    KaeAnne Parris
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms   Health Scientist
City of Atlanta   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Amy Cheng   Christopher Purdy
Associate   Lyndon Baines Johnson Fellow
Nelson Mullins Scarborough & Riley, LLP   Human Rights First
Kathryn Comer   Andrew Reynolds
Regional Community Development Manager   Director of Enterprise Accounts
Facebook   United Parcel Service
Christopher Copeland   Taylor Spicer
Engagement Manager   Assistant Director, Sustainability
McKinsey & Company   Emory University
Khaliff Davis   Joel Stern
Director   Client Advisor- Employee Benefits
Reinvestment Fund   Sterling Seacrest Pritchard 
Lauren Davis   Anna Taylor
Principal   Sr. Communication Officer | Project Director
Boston Consulting Group   Westat
Alex Ebanks   Raymond Tran
Consumer and D&I Multicultural Communications Lead for Xbox   Associate
Microsoft Company   Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Christopher Godfrey   Assi van Bastelaar
Senior Associate   Lead Value Engineer
Avison Young   Tibco Software, Inc.
Pierce Hand   Kyle Walcott
Staff Attorney   Sr. Dir. of Institutional Giving
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation   Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta
Jina Haynes   Elizabeth Ward
Vice President   Senior Urban Designer
BlackRock   Kronberg Urbanists + Architects
Robert Herrig   Robert Watts
Senior Project Manager   Associate
Aerotropolis Atlanta   Jones Day
Kate Hewitt   Joseph Wilson
Executive Director   Managing Partner and Owner 
21st Century Leaders   JL Wilson Trial Law, LLC
Elizabeth Hyatt   Anqi Zou
Health Policy Director   Group Vice President, Enterprise Data Office
Anthem   Truist Bank
Jennifer Ingram    
Project Architect, Associate    
Perkins and Will    


Applications for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2023 will open in January 2022.


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