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   Jacob Martin
Product Designer   Senior Consultant
T3   The Miles Group
Umar Bakhsh   Cora Miller
Counsel   VP, External Affairs and United Health Foundation
Eversheds Sutherland   UnitedHealth Group
Nadia Bashar   Tony Mitchell
Consultant   Associate Director of State Government Affairs
Deloitte   CSL Behring
Maxine Bier   Melanie Moore
International Trade Manager   Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Georgia Department of Economic Development   Cox Automotive
Andrea Bilbija   Brandon Morgan
Lead Counsel, Privacy   Orthodontist
Facebook   Beautiful Smiles Dental Centers
Amanda Bisgaard   Christian Murphy
Family Literacy Program Manager   Chief Development Officer
Hands On Atlanta   Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta
Katie Brown   KaeAnne Parris
Senior Manager   Health Scientist
Coxe Curry & Associates   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Malik Brown   Christopher Purdy
Director of LGBTQ Affairs, Office of    Lyndon Baines Johnson Fellow
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms   Human Rights First
City of Atlanta    
    Andrew Reynolds
Amy Cheng   Director of Enterprise Accounts
Associate   United Parcel Service
Nelson Mullins Scarborough & Riley, LLP    
    Taylor Spicer
Kathryn Comer   Assistant Director, Sustainability
Regional Community Development Manager   Emory University
    Joel Stern
Christopher Copeland   Client Advisor- Employee Benefits
Engagement Manager   Sterling Seacrest Pritchard 
McKinsey & Company    
    Anna Taylor
Khaliff Davis   Sr. Communication Officer | Project Director
Director   Westat
Reinvestment Fund    
    Raymond Tran
Lauren Davis   Associate
Principal   Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Boston Consulting Group    
    Assi van Bastelaar
Alex Ebanks   Lead Value Engineer
Manager, Brand and Business Communications   Tibco Software, Inc.
The Coca-Cola Company    
    Kyle Walcott
Christopher Godfrey   Development Officer
Senior Associate   Ron Clark Academy
Avison Young    
    Elizabeth Ward
Pierce Hand   Senior Urban Designer
Staff Attorney   Kronberg Urbanists + Architects
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation    
    Robert Watts
Kelly Harper   Associate
Manager of External Affairs   Jones Day
Marietta City Schools    
    Joseph Wilson
Jina Haynes   Managing Partner and Owner 
Vice President   JL Wilson Trial Law, LLC
    Anqi Zou
Robert Herrig   Group Vice President, Enterprise Data Office
Senior Project Manager   Truist Bank
Aerotropolis Atlanta    
Kate Hewitt    
Executive Director    
21st Century Leaders    
Elizabeth Hyatt    
Health Policy Director    
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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