Leadership Atlanta’s 2023 class to feature leaders in education
By Maria Saporta
On the eve of its closing weekend retreat for the Class of 2022, Leadership Atlanta on Friday announced the 86 members of the Class of 2023.
Leadership Atlanta’s new class represents a broad diversity of professions – education, law, corporate, nonprofit, technology, media, healthcare, politics and government – similar to the make-up of the previous 51 classes.
Founded in 1969, Leadership Atlanta is one of the oldest continuously running training programs of its type in the country.
“We are thrilled to welcome our 52nd Class,” said Pat Upshaw-Monteith, Leadership Atlanta’s president and CEO. “We are proud to continue Leadership Atlanta’s tradition of bringing together the region’s most influential, engaged, and creative leaders dedicated to working together for the greater good. We can’t wait to see what innovative ideas the Class of 2023 brings!”
The nine-month leadership program offers class members an opportunity to learn more about the region by
participating in retreats, full-day seminars, service projects, discussion groups, community tours and other activities. In addition to exploring important regional issues, class members will critically examine themselves as leaders, challenge themselves to find ways to be more effective and build relationships of trust and understanding with each other.
Bentina Chisholm Terry, senior vice president of Customer Strategy and Solutions for Georgia Power, will be the program chair for the Class of 2023
“Leadership Atlanta’s program required me to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable and learn to be fully present with my class members for nine months,” Terry said in a statement. “It reinforced that as leaders, we must learn how to listen, have hard conversations, cultivate curiosity and be truly authentic. It has made me 100 percent committed to the mission of the organization, which is ‘to inspire members to take on and exercise real leadership committed to serving the common good.’ These times demand courage over comfort, and Leadership Atlanta provides that experience.”
The Class of 2023 will have several presidents of local universities, including George French, president of Clark Atlanta University; Kevin James, president of Morris Brown College; and Nicholas Ladany, president of Oglethorpe University. Adrian Tyndall, dean and executive vice president for health affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine (second in charge), also will be in the class.
The educational theme also will extend to people working for K-12 institutions. The class will include: Lisa Herring, superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools; Cheryl Watson-Harris, superintendent of the DeKalb County School District; James Calleroz White, head of the Galloway School; David Howland, executive director of Teach for America – Metro Atlanta; Mini’imah Shaheed, CEO of KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools, and Camille Naughton, president of the Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.
Several top leaders in the foundation and nonprofit sector also will be part of the 2023 class: Joselyn Baker, president of the Grady Health Foundation; Mark Banta; president and CEO of the Piedmont Park Conservancy; Maryum Gibson, president and CEO of Jerusalem House; Kari Love, CEO of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation; Daniel Preister, managing director of Coxe Curry & Associates; Nicole Armstrong, CEO of TechBridge, Inc.’; Shan Arora, director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech; Alieizoria Redd, executive director of the Covenant House; and Fay Twersky, president of the Arthur M Blank Family Foundation.
Several government leaders will be in the class, including Christopher Nunn, commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs and Fitz Johnson, commissioner on the Georgia Public Service Commission.
The class also will include representatives from some of the largest companies and enterprises in metro Atlanta: UPS, Delta Air Lines, King & Spalding, IBM, Oglethorpe Power, Southern Co., Google, PNC Bank, Georgia-Pacific, Baker & Hostetler, Genuine Parts, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Truist Bank, Equifax, Bank of America, Cox Communications, the Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta Hawks/State Farm Arena, Douglas County Chamber, Chick-fil-A, Wells Fargo EY, Woodruff Arts Center, Emory Healthcare, Alston & Bird, Georgia Power, Bain & Co., Humana, WarnerMedia, American Cancer Society, IHG Hotels & Resorts and the Shepherd Center.
Here is the complete list of the Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2023
President of US & SMB Marketing
Motherhood Beyond Bars
Chief Executive Officer
Director – Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design
Georgia Institute of Technology
President, Grady Health Foundation
Grady Health System
Chief Financial Officer
City of Atlanta
Managing Director – Enterprise & Leader Communications
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Piedmont Park Conservancy
King & Spalding LLP
Vice President of Sales – Americas
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Oglethorpe Power Corp.
Senior Vice President Finance & Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Regional Sales Executive
The John and Rosemary Brown Family Foundation
Senior Vice President for Research
Leslie Hazle Bussey
CEO and Executive Director
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement
Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Vice President, Internal Audit & Compliance
Genuine Parts Co.
Teddy Bright, Inc
State Bar of Georgia
Chief Development Officer
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Clark Atlanta University
President & CEO
Partner & Co-Chair IP & Tech, Entertainment Groups
Lewis Brisbois LLP
Chief Innovation Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship
President & CEO
Granite Holdings, Inc. / Woodleaf Partners, LLC
Atlanta Public Schools
Soccer in the Streets
Jillian Tellez Holub
McKinsey & Co.
Teach for America – Metro Atlanta
Co-Founder and CEO
Morris Brown College
Public Service Commissioner, District 3
Georgia Public Service Commission
Head of Business Development
Treaty Oak Clean Energy
Senior Vice President
TRUIST Bank/TRUIST Community Capital
The Atlanta Women’s Foundation
Chief Revenue Officer
Market President and Diverse Segments Business Development Executive
Bank of America
Chief Community Impact Officer
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs
Ting Internet at Tucows
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
State of Georgia, Department of Community Affairs
Vice President, Southern Division
Senior Vice President Digital Transformation & Business Engagement
Republic National Distributing Co.
Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Law & Policy
Cox Communications, Inc.
Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications
The Woodruff Arts Center
United Spinal Association
Coxe Curry & Associates
Chief of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability
The Coca-Cola Company
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena
President & CEO
Douglas County Chamber
Covenant House Georgia, Inc.
Executive Vice President & Chief People Officer
Senior Vice President, Business Growth Strategy Director
Assoc CMIO, Emory Healthcare; Endowed Professor and Vice-Chair of Informatics – Radiology
Temple Kol Emeth
Chief Executive Officer
KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools
Alston & Bird LLP
Senior Vice President of Region External Affairs & Community Engagement
Xana Management, LLC
Bain & Co.
Market President, Commercial Business GA & LA
Co-Founding Partner & Financial Manager
Townsend & Lockett, LLC
Arthur M Blank Family Foundation
Dean and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
Morehouse School of Medicine
Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Regional Vice President for Georgia
Oak Street Health
DeKalb County School District
James Calleroz White
Head of School
The Galloway School
Executive Vice President, Southeast Region
American Cancer Society
Vice President of Commercial & Revenue Management, CMH
IHG Hotels & Resorts
Chief Medical Officer
Note to readers: Maria Saporta was in Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2020, and she continues to be an active member.