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
GA State Director   Director of Marketing   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   Adam Kolojejchick-Kotch
Director, Development   Head of Operations and Growth
Teach for America - Metro Atlanta   PadSplit
Maria Alejandra Baetti   Joel Langdon
Product Designer   Associate
T3   Butler Wooten & Peak LLP
Umar Bakhsh   Jacob Martin
Counsel   Leadership & Succession Consultant
Eversheds Sutherland   Russell Reynolds Associates
Nadia Bashar   Cora Miller
Consultant   VP, External Affairs and United Health Foundation
Deloitte   UnitedHealth Group
Maxine Bier   Tony Mitchell
International Trade Manager   Associate Director of State Government Affairs
Georgia Department of Economic Development   CSL Behring
Andrea Bilbija   Melanie Moore
Corporate Counsel   Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
athenahealth, Inc.   Cox Automotive
Amanda Bisgaard   Brandon Morgan
Family Literacy Program Manager   Orthodontist
Hands On Atlanta   Beautiful Smiles Dental Centers
Katie Brown   Christian Murphy
Senior Manager   Chief Development Officer
Coxe Curry & Associates   Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Malik Brown   KaeAnne Parris
Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Office of    Health Scientist
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
City of Atlanta    
    Christopher Purdy
Amy Cheng   Lyndon Baines Johnson Fellow
Associate   Human Rights First
Nelson Mullins Scarborough & Riley, LLP    
    Andrew Reynolds
Kathryn Comer   Director of Enterprise Accounts
Regional Community Development Manager   United Parcel Service
    Taylor Spicer
Christopher Copeland   Programs Manager, Office of Sustainability Initiatives
Engagement Manager   Emory University
McKinsey & Company    
    Joel Stern
Khaliff Davis   Employee Benefits Advisor
Director   Pritchard & Jerden
Reinvestment Fund    
    Anna Taylor
Lauren Davis   Sr. Communication Officer | Project Director
Principal   Westat
Boston Consulting Group    
    Robyn Tedder
Alex Ebanks   Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Manager, Brand and Business Communications   YMCA of Metro Atlanta
The Coca-Cola Company    
    Raymond Tran
Christopher Godfrey   Associate
Senior Associate   Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Avison Young    
    Assi van Bastelaar
Pierce Hand   Project Manager, Consumer Insight
Staff Attorney   Delta Air Lines
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation    
    Kyle Walcott
Kelly Harper   Development Officer
Educator   Ron Clark Academy
Fulton County Schools    
    Elizabeth Ward
Jina Haynes   Senior Urban Designer
Vice President   Kronberg Urbanists + Architects
    Robert Watts
Robert Herrig   Associate
Senior Project Manager   Jones Day
Aerotropolis Atlanta    
    Joseph Wilson
Kate Hewitt   Managing Partner and Owner 
Executive Director   JL Wilson Trial Law, LLC
21st Century Leaders    
    Anqi Zou
Elizabeth Hyatt   Group Vice President, Enterprise Data Office
Health Policy Director   Truist Bank
Jennifer Ingram    
Project Architect, Associate    
Perkins and Will    


Applications for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2021 are now closed. 


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