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Leaders on the Move

Congratulations to the following Leadership Atlanta alumni who have been honored, nominated, or received a new job.

We celebrate you and your successes!

As of February 22, 2024 

  • Crystal Ashbourne LEAD '23 now Assistant to the President, Chairman and CEO, Georgia Power Company

  • Chris Bruce LEAD ’17, Natalie Jones LEAD ’20, Terrell Thomas LEAD ’23, and Kyle Walcott LEAD ’22 were recognized on the 2024 Georgia State University 40 Under 40 list.

  • Genny Castillo LEAD ’16 was promoted from Regional Engagement Director to Deputy Director for the Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP)

  • Mike Davis LEAD ’23 promoted to Office Team Leader at Scotland Wright Associates

  • Brien Faucett LEAD ’19 joined the Advisory Council for CHRIS 180

  • Chris Godfrey LEAD ’22 received the CoreNet Global Atlanta, Young Leader of the Year Award

  • David Hern LEAD ’19 company, Sofer Advisors, LLC the business he began during his LEAD Atlanta class year turned five years old. Also, David launched two more companies The Val Guy, LLC and Sofer B&B, LLC this year.

  • Elizabeth Hyatt LEAD ’22 now Director at Office of President of Health Solutions, Elevance Health

  • Julie Katz LEAD '23 has been appointed to a special one-year role at the U.S. Department of State, working under Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt in the office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism.

  • Joey Kline LEAD ’17 now Executive Vice President, JLL

  • Jacob Martin LEAD ’22 now Executive Consultant at TalentQuest

  • Christopher Perlera LEAD ’15 joined the Steering Committee for the Latinos in Georgia: Politics and Public Policy Archive at the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

  • Jacquelyn Schneider LEAD '17 just wrapped up serving as The Georgia Tech Alumni Association Gold & White Honors Gala Host Committee Chair for the last two events. In her tenure, funds raised from the event for student programs increased 46% and had maximum venue attendance both years.

  • Rachel Sprecher LEAD ’19 joined the Hands on Atlanta Advisory Board

  • Joel Stern LEAD ’22 named Equity Partner at Sterling Seacrest Pritchard


The 2024 Atlanta 500 Most Powerful Leaders List

  • Raheem Beyah LEAD ‘07, LA ‘14

  • Ed Chang LEAD ‘08, LA ‘19

  • Amy B. Cheng LEAD ‘22

  • J'Aimeka "Jai" Ferrell LEAD ‘17

  • Howard Franklin LEAD '05

  • Kevin Gillespie LEAD ‘13, LA ‘24

  • Kevin Gooch LEAD ‘13, LA ‘19

  • Cheneé Joseph LEAD ‘12

  • Harold Martin, Jr. LEAD ‘12, LA ‘19

  • Amy Phuong LEAD ‘09, LA ‘17

  • Lain Shakespeare LEAD ‘12, LA ‘22

  • Nathaniel Smith LEAD ‘05, LA ‘09

  • Donald R. Washington, Jr. LEAD '19

  • Nikema Williams LEAD ‘09

​Let us share your good news! Please send your announcements and updates to LEAD Atlanta Staff at

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