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 2023

Deshawn Adams
Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jana Anandarangam
Compliance Attorney
PulteGroup, Inc.

Trent Anderson
Director of Development
Alliance Theatre (Woodruff Arts Center)

Crystal Ashbourne
Digital Strategy Manager
Georgia Power

Eric Bell
Government Affairs Coordinator

Jacoria Borders
Program Officer
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Leanna Brown
Vice President, Business Climate and Talent Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Diana Bui
Director of Operations
Global Growers Network

Tal Chaiken
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia

Eric Charity
Senior Associate
Kilpatrickt Townsend & Stockton LLP

Jacky Cheng
Senior Associate, Finance
Bridge Investment Group

Jenifer Curtis

Mike Davis
Partner & Director of Community Initiatives
Scotland Wright Associates

Tim Eldredge
Director of Finance & Operations
Next Generation Men & Women

Sandy Feliciano
Campaign Manager
The Atlanta Opera

Davon Fields
Vice President
Marsh McLennan

Andrew Gattas

Leslie Gattuso
Director of Payments Product Strategy
Change Healthcare

Diriki Geuka
Corporate Associate
Townsend & Lockett, LLC

Caroline Gieser
Associate Attorney
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

TaCara Harris
King & Spalding LLP

Sydney Hulebak
Impact Investment Manager
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Julie Katz
Associate Director
American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Kelsey Keane
Program Specialist
Atlanta Emerging Markets / Invest Atlanta

Adam Kolojejchick-Kotch
Head of Operations and Growth

Kiara Lane
Senior Communications Manager, The McDonald's Division
The Coca-Cola Company

Olivia Langevine
Director, Operations - Institute Relations
Georgia Institute of Technology

Benjamin Leblois
Investor and Founding Member
BADIdeas Fund

Jonathan Leon
Senior Director Regional Impact
Leadership for Educational Equity

Tony Lucadamo
Legislative Director
Office of City Councilman Amir Farokhi

Krystin McCauley
Education Industry Executive

Carl McCray
Sr. Manager, Human Resources
Delta Air Lines

Naeshia McDowell
Director of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Response Team
Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia

David Paull
Cofounder - Chief Impact Officer
CompostNow Inc.

Victoria Phifer
CSELS Health Equity Officer
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Aaron Rice
Vice President of Innovation & Partnerships
Families First

Marinangeles Gutiérrez Rivera
Senior Disaster Mitigation Specialist
ICF, International

Alexis Roe
Sr. Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs
Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

Christopher Scott
Network Program Manager
AT&T- Network Operations

Andrew Smith
Associate Attorney
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Sarah Anne Smith
Founder & CEO; Chief Operating Officer
Kiin; OpusLex Partners

Shanavian Smith-Houser
Program Officer: Public-Private Partnerships
The CDC Foundation

Terrell Thomas
The Thomas Firm

Chelsea Ulrich Tarnoff
Senior Consultant
Positively Partners

Jeffrey Veale, Jr.
National Managing Director, School and Systems Leadership
Teach For America

Alex Villanueva
Senior Cybersecurity Technology Consultant

Mamie Vogel
Director, Commercial Research
Affirm/UX Hires

Jodi-Ann Wray
Risk & Regulatory Manager

Sara Wallace
Associate Vice President, Investments
CIM Group

Shevin Weinstein
Assistant Vice President
Morgan Stanley


Applications for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2024 is open.


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