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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.

LEAD Class of 2025

Khadijah Ameen            
Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Research    
Sherace Bartholomew Calder    

HCM Solution Consultant           
Patrick Baughman         

Vice President, Brokerage           
Sarah Beck        

Associate Director          
Amanda Bradley            

Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
Ian Bridges        

Principal Program Lead, Education Strategy         
Chick-fil-A Inc.
Caroline Burnette          
Site Selection Consultant & GIS Manager
Colliers International
Terrence Burroughs      

Deputy Command Judge Advocate          
US Army
Brooklyn Cartwright     

Senior Director, Basketball Operations   
Atlanta Dream WNBA
Andrew Clark   

Manager, Digital Marketing and Media  
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB)
Kathryn Coffey 

Business Development Manager
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Louis Conde      

Brittany Croone

Implementation Strategist
Charles Crosby 

McKinsey & Company
Tyler Curry        

Senior Product Marketing Manager, Firefox
Mozilla Corporation
Eric Daiter         

Owner & Managing Director
Shreya Desai    

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Gregory Edward

Vice President, Investments       
Ackerman & Co.
Darien Grant

Category Insights Manager         
Molson Coors
Daniella Gutierrez         

Marketing & Community Relations Manager
Develop Fulton
Danielle Hall     

Vice President of IT Applications
Russell Hardin  

Vice President, Investments       
Cousins Properties
Austin Harrison

Senior Associate             
Squire Patton Boggs
Jamar Harrison

Manager, Global Agency Sales   
Delta Air Lines
Courtney Jenkins

Manager, Strategic Partnerships and Programs
The Home Depot Foundation
Deitra Jones

Associate Counsel
Spring Health

Grace Lee          

Executive Director, Former Chief Administrator  

Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission

Timka Lockheart
Manager, Strategic Planning
American Express

Geoffrey Loften
Equitable Economic Development Program Manager      
Decide DeKalb Development Authority
Lindsey Macon 

Partner, Head of Atlanta Office  
McArthur Law Firm
Melissa Markhardt       

Audit Manager  
Grant Thornton
Eduardo Martinez (Jr.)  

Associate General Counsel         
Kate Mcnamara             

Managing Director, Recruitment Strategy, People, Operations  
Teach For America
Allison Moder  

Communications Analyst         
Southern Company
D.J. Myers         

Director, State and Local Government    
Ohio River South
Rebeca Ojeda   

Assistant United States Attorney
Department of Justice
Olatunde Oshikoya       

Physician Assistant
Bicycle Health
Jovan Paige       

Program Officer: Power & Leadership
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Edward Phillips

Vice President of Development 
City of Refuge
Hussain Punjani             

Global Product Strategy & Commercialization Director
Cremeithius Riggins

Alston & Bird
Jack Rogers

Managing Consultant
Thought Logic
Donald Rucker 

KIPP Metro Atlanta
Cortland Russell

Atlanta Market Development Lead, US South Chief of Staff       Accenture
Sara Saxner-Coughlin

Dualboot Partners
Corey Slaughter              

Sergeant / S.W.A.T Medic            
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
Mark Spencer

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University
Chelsey Tabakian Odom             

Director of Board Engagement  
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Ana Urrego       
Associate Manager        
Coxe Curry & Associates
Avery Walker    

Vice President  
PNC Bank
Katie Ward        

Director of Strategic Partnerships            
City of Atlanta
Racheal Woods

Consulting Project Manager       
BlackRock Inc.
Vivian Yu           

Manager, Academic Healthcare (AHC) Division
ECG Management Consultants

Nominate a Colleague for LEAD Atlanta

Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2026.  

Applicants can apply beginning in January 2025.

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