LEAD Atlanta On the Move

Leaders on the Move

Updated January 11, 2021:

Congratulations to the following alumni on their recent career transitions, awards and accolades!

  • Kimberly Adams LEAD ’08 became the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Papa John’s.
  • Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim '16, LEAD '10 was appointed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ‘11 to serve as the City of Atlanta’s Chief Equity Officer, a senior-level cabinet position that serves as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of One Atlanta.
  • Natasha Alladina DiFiore LEAD ’17 became the Director of Legal Affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
  • Sofia Bork LEAD ’19 was the recipient of the 2020 Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 50 Most Influential Latinos Award and the Park Pride 2020 Inspiration Award.
  • Gregory Boler LEAD '20 was promoted to Partner at Transwestern Development.
  • Melissa Brogdon LEAD ’20 served as chair for the National Philanthropy Day virtual event hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Atlanta Chapter, and sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.  
  • Maranie Brown LEAD ’20 was named the 2020 Women in Technology (WIT) Woman to Watch. She was also appointed to serve on the United Way of Greater Atlanta Cobb County Advisory Board.
  • Maranie Brown LEAD ’20 and Keocia Howard LEAD ‘20 were inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
  • Raheem Beyah ’14, LEAD ’07 was named the new Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.
  • Merry Hunter Caudle LEAD ’20 received the 2020 “Rising Star Award” by the Association of University Research Parks.
  • Anna Cable LEAD '20, Adam C. Johnson LEAD '20, and Hunter Lainhart LEAD '20 joined the Board of Directors for Trinity Communities Ministries
  • Andy Chang ’19, LEAD ’07 became the Vice President, Digital Marketing and Strategy at Summit CityMD.
  • Susannah Darrow LEAD ’16 co-founded Purpose Possible, an Atlanta-based consulting firm that specializes in creating meaningful connections between organizations and their community.
  • Jake Evans LEAD ’18 was promoted to Partner at Holland & Knight LLP.
  • Brien Faucett LEAD ’19 and Evangeline George LEAD ’19 were named to PRSA Georgia’s Forty Under 40 list in 2020.
  • Jai Ferrell LEAD ‘17 was named the permanent Assistant General Manager and Head of Marketing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).
  • Evangeline George LEAD ’19 became Director of Business Communications and Public Affairs at Shipt.
  • Kevin Gooch ’19, LEAD ’13 became Partner at Holland & Knight LLP.
  • Jennifer Grove Camacho LEAD '18 recently launched a media creation and consulting company, PLOT My Story, which specializes in helping nonprofits & small businesses get their stories “on the map.”
  • Whitney Deal Marshall LEAD '09 is the Founder of Whitney Marshall Coaching and has been elected as the Board Chair for Leadership Buckhead.
  • Betsy Holland LEAD ’06 won her re-election in Georgia House District 54, which includes most of Buckhead and historic Brookhaven.
  • Dr. Candis Hunter LEAD Atlanta '17 was promoted to the rank of Commander (O-5) in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She's currently stationed at CDC and recently accepted a new role as Senior Public Health Advisor with the CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention and Environmental Tracking Branch. Some of her work on the COVID-19 response (in collaboration with Dr. Brittany Marshall LEAD '19) is published here.
  • Kimberly Jackson LEAD ’17 became the first ever out LGBTQ+ State Senator in Georgia, representing GA-41.
  • Nick Juliano LEAD ’15 joined the team at Impact Public Affairs as a Partner.
  • Paul Larkin LEAD ’19 is now the Microbiology Safety Officer for the Division of Scientific Resources at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also joined the March of Dimes of Atlanta Young Professionals Board. 
  • Alina Lee LEAD ‘20 was selected as a mentee in the 2020-2021 World Affairs Council of ATL Team's mentorship program.
  • Harold Martin ’19, LEAD ’12, CEO of Taco Mac Restaurant Group, recently acquired Mary Mac’s Tea Room.
  • Dr. Brittany Marshall LEAD ’19 was promoted to Behavioral Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Christopher Perlera LEAD ’15 is now the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Messaging for the Office of Strategy Innovation and Engagement at DFCS. He also was named to Georgia Hispanic Chamber's Top 50 most influential Latinos in Georgia for 2020
  • Becky D. Rafter LEAD '06 graduated from Georgia Tech as a member of the inaugural Masters in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management cohort. In August 2020, she started a PhD in public policy, focusing on the intersection of energy equity; community-based research; racial, gender, and locational disparities; nuclear harm reduction; and data science. 
  • Lain Shakespeare LEAD '12, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Mailchimp was honored as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2020 Leaders in Corporate Citizenship Award Winners.
  • Karim Shariff LEAD '12 joined Atlanta Land Trust as a Board member in November 2020.
  • Catherine Slocum Somuah LEAD ’19 became Senior Manager, Development at Southface Institute.


  • Congratulations to the following LEAD Atlanta alumni who were named as members of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta's Class of 2020:
    • Kirk Brown LEAD '15, Chief Development and Communications officer, The Ron Clark Academy
    • Greg Clay LEAD '11, Partner, Lienuer, Inc.
    • Christopher Gilmore LEAD '19, Of Counsel, Townsend & Lockett, LLC
    • Jason Esteves LEAD '12, Vice President, Legal, Equifax, Inc.
    • Julius Farrington LEAD '18, Head of Enterprise Marketing – Americas, Amazon Web Service (AWS)
    • Tony C. Jones LEAD '17, Attorney, Law & Morgan
    • Paul Larkin LEAD '19, Microbiology Safety Officer for the Division of Scientific Resources at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Michael Sterling LEAD '13, Attorney At Law, Michael T. Sterling


Congratulations to the LEAD Atlanta Alumni who were honored in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 40 under 40 Class of 2020:

  • Jewel Burks Solomon LEAD '18, Head, Google for Startups, U.S.
  • Kirk Brown LEAD '15, Chief Development and Communications officer, The Ron Clark Academy
  • Greg Clay LEAD '11, Partner, Lieneur Inc.
  • Omar Esposito LEAD '15, Chief Revenue Officer, Stackfolio Inc.
  • Phil Olaleye LEAD '17, Executive Director, Next Generation Men & Women
  • Sachin Varghese LEAD '14, Associate, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP

Congratulations to the LEAD Atlanta Alumni who were named as members of Outstanding Atlanta’s Class of 2020:

  • Julianna Rue Cagle LEAD ’14, Vice President of Programs, The Goizueta Foundation
  • Jason Esteves LEAD ’12, Vice President of Legal, Equifax Inc.
  • Shirley Anne Smith LEAD ’17, Executive Director, Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation
  • Mitchell Robinson LEAD ’19, Attorney, Baker Hostetler, LLP
  • Jacob Tzegaegbe LEAD ’19, Senior Transportation Policy Advisor, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office

Let us share your good news! Please send your announcements and updates to Christie Sithiphone, Director of Programs & Communications, at LEADAtlanta@leadershipatlanta.org.


Applications for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2024 is open.


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