By Maria Saporta

Leadership Atlanta has selected 55 community leaders to join its 2016 LEAD Atlanta Class – a program that empowers young leaders early in their careers.

The LEAD Atlanta program seeks to teach the young professionals the skills and knowledge they will need to create enduring positive change in the community.

LEAD Atlanta
LEAD Atlanta

Over the coming months the 55 individuals will learn more about themselves and the greater metro Atlanta region by participating in all-day workshops, community projects, immersion activities and direct interaction with key decision makers.

“We are thrilled to welcome this next class of high-potential young leaders,” says Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Leadership Atlanta’s president and CEO. “LEAD Atlanta goes beyond educating its members about the current issues in the region. It helps foster meaningful relationships that underscore the importance of community, and gives them the tools to fulfill their passion in making Atlanta an even better place to live.”

LEAD Atlanta Class of 2016

Noah Aleshire
Acting Policy and Partnership Team Lead
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brittany Allgood
Program Manager, Sales Support
Delta Air Lines

Adriana Andrade
Community Health Advocate
Northside Hospital

David Araya
President and Co-Founder
HoPe (Hispanic Organization Promoting Education), Inc.

Lauren Barineau
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP)

Alexandra Barnett
Senior Associate
Alston & Bird LLP

Whitney Biber
Talent Brand Leader
Newell Rubbermaid

Greg Bluestein
Political Reporter
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Kimberly Bourroughs
Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney
Fulton County District Attorney’s Office

Sherrie Brady
Hawkins, Parnell, Thackston & Young

Sean Brazier
Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

Mitchell Brogdon
Trial Attorney
The Brogdon Firm, LLC

Darrah Brustein
Co-Founder and CEO
Equitable Payments

Sam Casey
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Genny Castillo
Director of Caucus Services
Georgia House Democratic Caucus

Susannah Darrow
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Sherri Davis
Director of Project Management & Strategic Planning
Fulton County Board of Education

Uchenna Ekuma-Nkama
Jones Day

Danielle Elkins
Director of Government Relations

Lawrence Gellerstedt
Cushman & Wakefield

Ryan Germany
General Counsel
Georgia Secretary of State

Nathaniel Goldman
CPA and Senior Tax Accountant
Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

Jadrien Grimes
Business Sales Consultant
Wells Fargo

Erika Hall
Assistant Professor of Organization and Management
Goizueta Business School, Emory University

Adam Hirsch
Owner and Managing Partner
Goza Tequila

Marcie Howington
Executive Director
Phoenix Pass, Inc.

Rodriguez Johnson
Assistant Principal
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Murad Karimi
Founder & Managing Partner
Mosaic Investments

Daina Kelly
Upper School Science Instructor
The Westminster Schools

Justin Kirnon
Governmental Relations Associate
Georgia Municipal Association

Sarah Koch
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Development in Gardening (DIG)

Charles Krauth
Vice President

Sydney Langdon
Corporate Responsibility Specialist
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Sherida Mabon
Thomas Kennedy Sampson & Tompkins LLP

Nasim Mahboubi Fluker
Program Manager
Atlanta Committee for Progress

Lindsey Mangone
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Innovation in Action

Tiffany McKenzie
Bryan Cave LLP

Jennifer McNeely
Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout

Travis Norvell
Program Director
Atlanta Public Schools

Jennifer Ogunsola
Communications Director
Atlanta Workforce Development Agency

Michael Petrik
Project Manager
United Parcel Service

Robert Piccini
Atlanta Fire Rescue

Laura Pritchard-Compton
Founder and Executive Director
Urban Perform

Shelby Senzer
Senior Vice President, Sales and Product Development
Babiators LLC

Zahra Shariff
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Kyle Stapleton
Communications Professional
Jackson Spalding

Rachel Stockman
WSB-TV/ Channel 2 Action News

Sheldon Stovall
Project Leader and IT Solution Architect
The Coca-Cola Company

LaDonna Suggs
Senior Construction Projects Inspector
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Wen Tang
Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Berman Capital Advisors

Lina Vargas
Financial Management Senior Analyst
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Christopher Walker
Assistant City Attorney
City of Atlanta

Erin Weller Dalton
Director of Marketing and Communications
Moving in the Spirit

Eliyahu Wolfe
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Keenan Yates
Lending Resources Officer
Habitat for Humanity International

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news...

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