2012 NLC Fellows


Terrence Copeland, Candidate Recruitment Coordinator, 13th Congressional District / Democratic Party of Georgia

TJ has been involved in the political process from the age of 19. He currently serves as candidate recruitment coordinator of the 13th Congressional district of Georgia. A position charged with the responsibility of monitoring all elected officials in the district. This position also requires TJ to recruit and support democratic candidates for elected offices. TJ has a vast background in politics. He’s campaigned at every level including Presidential. In 2000 TJ was served the Al Gore campaign as field director in his college town. TJ was later appointed as the district field director in the Georgia Gubernatorial Campaign. His district produced the second highest democratic performance in the state. Since then he has worked on numerous campaigns including city council, mayoral, and Georgia general assembly races. TJ is deeply involved with his political party. He currently serves as a state committee member with the Democratic party of Georgia as well as political director of The Young Democrats of Georgia. He also serves on many committees of the state party including the state finance, and the strategic planning committee. TJ is a special education teacher in South Fulton County. He is the Head Wrestling Coach at Banneker. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Jacksonville State University. TJ will obtain his Master’s Degree in Education in 2012. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Traymone Deadwyler, Compliance Manager, AmeriCorps*National, Points Of Light Institute

Traymone (Tray) S. Deadwyler, CVM is leading generations through the Civic Engagement Continuum. As AmeriCorps*National Compliance Manager, he leads a team of dedicated national service members hosted in seven states through HandsOn Corps, a program of The Points Of Light Institute. Locally, he serves on the social innovation team with the training and consulting group, Apathy Into Action. His civic transcript also spans organizations such as American Red Cross, City of Atlanta Police Department Chaplaincy Corps and San Francisco Food Bank. Tray began his studies at Southern Polytechnic State University in International Studies and is currently pursuing Christian Ministry degrees at Luther Rice University. The native of Atlanta is a dedicated Brother of the historic Saint James Lodge #4 and Atlanta Consistory #24 (PHA) and served fervently in AmeriCorps*NCCC. Additionally, he supports the strategic direction and work of Angels in Distress and One World Link as Board Member and Program Director yet frequently presses his way to north Georgia for rock climbing and hiking with his wife of three years and two young sons. Tray’s mission and work pushes beyond charity and altruism to develop holistic, solution-oriented approaches to today’s public issues through research, analysis and action.

Kellie Dupree, Regional Field Manager, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Kellie Dupree is a Regional Field Manager for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and works with six southern states to amplify their legislative and political work. Kellie got her start at EMILY’s List where she spent 4 ½ years EMILY’s List training and working with state legislative candidates, campaign staff and overseeing a youth training program, Campaign Corps. After leaving EMILY’s List Kellie moved on to spend a year working with a coalition on the fight for health insurance reform. In 2010 Kellie served as the Connecticut State Director for Organizing for America, the Democratic National Committee continuation of Obama for America. Most recently, Kellie spent 6 weeks as a consultant for USAID in Kenya, working with them to develop and implement an effective youth organizing strategy. Originally from Virginia, Kellie just moved to Atlanta in August 2011 after accepting the position with Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Kellie graduated from Wake Forest University in 2004, where she studied Political Science, German and International Studies. An avid college basketball fan, Kellie believes March Madness is second only to Christmas as her favorite holiday.

Thad Flowers, Client Advisor, Asbury Automotive Group

Thad Flowers is a sales consultant and client manager for Asbury Automotive Group. He has eight successful years of automotive experience and holds multiple manufacturer certifications. His daily responsibilities include most aspects of the front-end sales process. His previous experience includes working as a staff assistant and deputy press secretary for congressional representatives. Thad is an Atlanta native and graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in political science. He is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and a founding member of Young Politicos, a non-profit community-based campaign awareness organization.

Kara Gardner, Scholarship Coordinator, Spelman College

Kara Gardner currently coordinates institutional scholarships and directs social media and communication efforts in the Financial Aid Office at Spelman College. Kara graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Public Relations and Marketing and from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration. Kara has been working in higher education since 2004, primarily in enrollment management and academic advising capacities. Kara is originally from Moore, Oklahoma and has been a member of the Atlanta community since 2007. Kara is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta as well as the Psi Alpha Omega Chapter (Clayton/Henry County) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves as corresponding secretary. Additionally, Kara is completing a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University where her dissertation research is examining the effects financial burdens and stress have on persistence rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Kara is passionate about making higher education financially accessible for first generation and low-income students and hopes to establish her own non-profit organization to address the issue in the future.

Courtney Gay, Community Affairs Manager, Atlanta Braves

Courtney Gay serves as the Community Affairs Manager for the Atlanta Braves. In her role with the Braves, Courtney creates and facilitates team community outreach initiatives, helps execute Atlanta Braves Foundation fundraisers and events, and works to build and maintain relationships with community leaders and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Braves, Courtney served as the Community Relations Manager for the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League and interned with the Player and Employee Development Department at the National Football League (NFL) headquarters in New York while completing her graduate studies. A native of Houston, Texas, Courtney earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast news from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in sport management from Texas A&M University. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Courtney enjoys volunteering her time to support various nonprofit and community organizations. She serves as the chapter relations officer of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals, the co-chair of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Legislative Affairs Committee, and as a member of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta. In addition, she volunteers with the student ministry at her church, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral. Courtney was selected for the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2011 and the Georgia’s WIN List WIN Leadership Academy Class of 2012. A passionate sports fan, Courtney also enjoys reading, writing, music and traveling.

Sha Glynn, Legal Consultant, Sammons & Carpenter, P.C.

Sha N. Glynn is a Legal Consultant at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C., where she focuses on the fields of structured settlements and annuities. Ms. Glynn previously concentrated on legislative research, corporate government relations, campaign finance laws and political action committee regulatory issues in Washington, D.C., working in the Legislative Reporting Service of the American Insurance Association and the Political Department of the American Federation of Teachers. Ms. Glynn is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta, serving on its Political Action Committee. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Priss & Frank Family Center, which provides services to parents whose children are under the care of the Department of Family and Children Services in her hometown of Warner Robins, Georgia. Ms. Glynn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia Southern University and earned her J.D. from Howard University School of Law, where she was a member of the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team and the Social Justice Law Review.

James Hammond, Communications Coordinator, City of East Point

With over 10 years of Video Production experience, James Hammond currently serves as Communications Coordinator for the City of East Point. During the course of his career, James has successfully managed the the operations of many local television stations including City of East Point, Fulton County Schools, City of College Park. He has produced videos for many high profile clients including Black Entertainment Television, National Monuments Foundation and Atlanta Technical College. He provided leadership and expertise to many other clients. After working with large companies like the previously mentioned, and working in a number of different industries, it is clear that Video Production skills are portable. What is needed to be a successful Videographer is a calm head, an eye for detail, a drive for success, and a positive attitude. Over the course of the years, James’s responsibilities have included managing the operations for the City of East Point’s Government Access TV Station, Negotiating a multitude of contracts and agreements, as well as Managing & Developing the Strategies and Concepts behind many productions. His client experience spans several industries including government, entertainment, marketing, and music. James graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Broadcast Administration and Production. James is a Proud Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Jeremy Harp, Founder and Organizer, The College Preparation Program

Jeremy Harp is the Founder and Organizer of The College Preparation Program, an educational nonprofit that focuses on helping high school students prepare for college. Jeremy has recently accepted a position as a Graduation Coach at Benjamin Banneker High School in College Park, Georgia. From 2010-2011, he was a teaching Fellow at the Urban Prep Academies in Chicago, Illinois. In 2009, Jeremy served as the Education and Healthcare Intern for Representative Jim Marshall in Washington DC. He has interned with the Atlanta Bar Association as well as a number of law firms in Atlanta. Jeremy is a 2010 graduate of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both African American Studies and Political Science. While at Yale, he was an active participant in the Yale Political Union, Pre-Law Society and the Black Student Alliance at Yale (BSAY). Jeremy intends to gain an advanced degree in Public Policy and pursue a career in educational policy. Jeremy is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and an Atlanta native.

Montoya Ho-Sang, Associate Attorney, The Hunt Law Firm

Montoya Ho-Sang is an Associate Attorney at The Hunt Law Firm, specializing in commercial litigation. Over her legal career she has represented several large insurance companies and Fortune 500 businesses in both state and federal courts. Montoya Ho-Sang graduated Valedictorian of her high school class. She graduated Salutatorian with a B.A., summa cum laude, in Sociology from Dillard University, in New Orleans, Louisiana. While at Dillard, she was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society and served as a tutor/mentor in the Upward Bound Program. In 2007, she received her law degree from Emory Law School where she was on the Emory Law Moot Court Review Board and served as Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association. She participated in the nationally renowned Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques during her second year at Emory Law School. During her third year, she was a student attorney in the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic. She loves volunteering at local organizations, traveling to international destinations and spending time with family and friends. She was born and raised in Dallas, TX but has called Atlanta home for 6 years now.

Salena Jegede, Director, Fellowships, Leadership For Educational Equity

Salena is the Director of Fellowships for Leadership for Educational Equity, training Teach For America (TFA) alumni across the nation to become effective policy leaders, advocates, and elected officials. She began her career as a TFA corps member teaching kindergarten and second grade in West Atlanta. Since her time in the classroom, Salena has worked in the education non-profit field, first coaching and supporting AmeriCorps members serving in high-need elementary schools across Georgia, then leading TFA’s fundraising efforts with individuals in Metro Atlanta. She holds a M.A. in political science from Georgia State University and a B.A. in political science from Spelman College. Salena has served as an intern with multiple members of the Georgia General Assembly, and most recently with House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. She was a 2010 Emerging Political Leaders Fellow and has participated in several political training programs, including the Women’s Campaign School at Yale. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Salena is member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, loves to play tennis, and currently resides with her husband in Snellville, Georgia.

Sarah Marske, PR & Communications Manager, Latin American Association

Sarah Marske is the public relations and communications manager at the Latin American Association, a nonprofit serving more than 50,000 Latinos in metro Atlanta yearly. In her role, she leads strategic communications and marketing efforts that build community awareness and drive fundraising results. Bilingual in Spanish and English, Sarah offers expertise in Hispanic marketing, media relations, special events, social media, community relations, and translation. She has held roles at Univision 34 Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta YMCA and also brings extensive nonprofit experience. Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish. At UNC, she was awarded the Sterling Stoudemire Medal for Outstanding Achievements in Spanish and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. She earned her master’s degree in Communication from Georgia State University, with a thesis focused on Hispanic marketing and identity. She earned her Certificate in Spanish Translation from Georgia State in 2008. Originally from North Carolina, Sarah is a member at the YMCA and plays tennis, soccer, and piano. She is passionate about youth leadership and leads the Metro Atlanta YMCA’s teen service initiative in Costa Rica.

Juan Morgan, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Juan Morgan was born in Panama and spent a good part of his life there. He took the leap from Panama after high school to attend undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating with a combined degree in Political Science and Economics, Juan worked in the Treasury Management and Mutual Fund divisions for a leading Fortune 500 company. Juan then moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and has established his roots in Atlanta, Georgia. Juan is actively involved in his community with organizations such as the Buckhead Business Association and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Juan has seven years of experience in the financial service industry. As a Financial Advisor, Juan specializes in providing retirement solutions for clients who are seeking to add value to their situations. He prides himself in building solid, trustworthy relationships with the people he serves. During his spare time he enjoys reading and mentoring.

Arnett Mumford, Attorney, Jones and Associates

Arnett William Mumford III is an Atlanta native and an attorney at the Law Office of Jones and Associates located in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Mumford’s practice areas include, but are not limited to, criminal, probate, family, corporate, and civil litigation. Prior to his employment at Jones and Associates, Mr. Mumford interned for Senator Edward Kennedy and the Miami Public Defenders office. In addition, he has also clerked for the Honorable Victoria Platzer of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, and the National Football League (NFL) Management Council. Mr. Mumford is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an Arestie Scholar and a LEAD Scholar. He later received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. While at the University of Miami, he was a Council of Legal Education Thurgood Marshall Fellow, and a finalist in the 2007 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition. Currently, Mr. Mumford serves as Parliamentarian on the Atlanta Urban League Young Professionals’ (AULYP) Executive Board. He also serves as a Legal Advisor for Focal Point Global, a 501(c)3 organization that focuses on educating the world's youth on global issues using interactive technology.

Navneet Narula, President & CEO, nBrilliance

Navneet is an award winning entrepreneur and CEO & Managing Partner at nBrilliance, where he builds high performing businesses. Formerly he was a Management Executive in Financial Services, doing mergers & acquisitions at Accenture. He was recognized as one of the “Best Finance Executives” at American Business Awards and honored by Consulting Magazine as Top 30 Consultants in America. He was also named the prestigious American Marshall Memorial Fellow and also been selected as the Aspen Institute Fellow and Asia21 Fellow by Asia Society to discuss world’s most pressing issues & create solutions. For business leadership, he was honored by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business", awarded the "Best Management Executive" at Stevie Awards, selected by Georgia Trend as "Top 40 under 40" - Best and Brightest Leaders in America and named “Outstanding Atlanta” honoree of the year 2008, just to name a few. He is also the Chief Leadership Officer at United Sikhs, a UN mandated-First Global Sikh Humanitarian Relief NGO, where he personally dedicated many months on site serving victims of Tsunami in Asia, Katrina in New Orleans, Asian Earthquake in Kashmir and recently the Haiti earthquake where they have created, managed and supported rehabilitation projects totaling $USD 500 million. Navneet studied Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business and went to Georgetown for MBA and studied at ESADE School of Business, Cornell University and Michigan State University.

Shayla Nealy, Water Resources Engineer, Clayton County Water Authority

Shayla Nealy has been an influential leader in the water industry for over 10 years. She has worked on the enforcement, as well as the implementation side of several permitting systems, in both the public and private sectors. Presently, she is responsible for compliance and reporting components of all watershed related programs for the Clayton County Water Authority, as Water Resources Engineer. Shayla is a native of Panama City, FL and earned her undergraduate degree in Biological & Agricultural Systems Engineering from Florida A&M University and obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Assisting to ensure a healthy sustainable environment, she partners with environmental agencies by spearheading water quality monitoring efforts, the cleaning of local waterways and leads various campaigns for fundraising to help alleviate poverty by serving as the Global Poverty initiatives vice chairman with her sorority, Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Shayla is also active in many professional organizations and is currently the youngest serving member on the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Union City, GA, which is the only dual appointment by Mayor and Council. As a testament to her professional dedication and civic involvement, she was selected to the 2011 Class of Georgia Trend’s “Top 40 Under 40”- Georgia’s Best and Brightest.

Gail Njoku, International Business Development Analyst, UPS

Gail Njoku is an Analyst within UPS’s International Business Development Team. In this capacity, she works with product managers and stakeholders to improve visibility of UPS' international products and performance. Her civic engagement remains politically and globally centered. Her community efforts began through Refugee Family Services (RFS) After-School Tutoring Program. Over the last 5 years, she has volunteered with RFS working with global refugee youth through socioeconomic inequalities and language barriers. The challenges and skill-sets she developed caused her to make a commitment with the Clinton Global University Initiative's Inaugural Class of 2008. In 2009, her strides towards educational equality and childhood literacy continued through completing 300 hours of service with AmeriCorps Jumpstart for Early Childhood Education as a Team Leader. She later went on to work with both the Ken Hodges Attorney General Election and Kasim Reed Atlanta Mayoral Election campaigns in the hopes of uplifting candidates who shared similar community values as her own. A graduate of Emory University, Gail is a first generation Nigerian-American whose devotion to service is reflected in organizational memberships she holds including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Habitat for Humanity the UPS Corporate Charitable Grant Committee, and Atlanta Urban League of Young Professionals.

Marc Olsen, Strategy - New Ventures & Corporate, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Marc Olsen is the Corporate and New Ventures Lead in Strategic Planning for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He leads mergers and acquisitions for the three-hospital system and his responsibilities include defining and executing the system’s ambulatory destination center strategy and regional growth plan. Prior to Children’s, Mr. Olsen was a Director at Taylor Consulting Group where he worked with C-level executives at large and small healthcare companies in the areas of valuation, M&A advisory, strategy, and corporate finance. He has been published in a number of national trade journals like the Journal of Accountancy and Business Valuation Review and is the Founder and President of the nonprofit, Kilifi Kids, which focuses on mobile health in rural Kenya. Mr. Olsen received his BS from the University of Virginia and MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden.

Saira Raza, Library Services Coordinator, Cadence Group

Saira Raza currently works as the Library Services Coordinator at Cadence Group, a women-owned small business specializing in records and information management. In addition to serving library clients, she’s also responsible for the company’s sustainability and social media initiatives. Prior to joining Cadence Group, Saira owned and operated The Grounds Coffeehouse in the West End neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally hailing from New York, Saira was a librarian at Lehman Brothers. After the infamous bankruptcy and acquisition by Barclays Capital, she took advantage of the tumultuous environment to escape the “rat race” and moved to Atlanta to fulfill her dream of becoming a farmer, librarian, and entrepreneur. She holds a B.A. from Wells College in International Studies and an M.P.S. from Cornell University in Africana Studies. Her academic research has focused on a range of topics including human rights, agricultural development, biotechnology and society, the history of Capitalism, and the historical relationship between Africa and South Asia. Outside of work, she spends her time researching and writing, learning how to grow food, crocheting, and collecting and playing string instruments. She’s currently completing her Masters of Library Science and aspires to become a full-fledged homesteader (somebody who lives “off the grid”).

Edmond Richardson, Chief of Staff, DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May

Edmond Richardson is the Chief of Staff to DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May. As Chief of Staff, Edmond has worked on major pieces of legislation to conserve green space, improve zoning, land-use and development standards in DeKalb County. Edmond successfully completed his Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with honors from Morris Brown College, and earned his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of West Georgia. A native of Glennville, Georgia, Edmond is active in numerous professional and civic organizations. In his community, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Southwest DeKalb Collaborative and Glennville EduCares, and is a member of Leadership DeKalb Class of 2010. Edmond is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc. In all that he does, Edmond remains humbled, inspired and motivated to continue to focus in the areas of land use and planning, the environment and conservation, protection of neighborhoods and issues that impact our youth to make DeKalb county a great place to live, work and play.

Justin Saxon, Attorney, King & Spalding, LLP

Justin A. Saxon was born and raised in Atlanta and East Point, Ga. his entire life. Currently, he is an Attorney with King & Spalding, LLP. His law background includes serving as a clerk with Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings in Fulton County Superior Court and Executive Counsel Intern for Governor Sonny Perdue with now Justice Harold Melton. He graduated with a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia (2002) and a JD from the Georgia State College of Law (2005). He co-founded a small company that serves as a marketing, fundraising and social promotion for young professionals, The J3 Group. He also created Pendant Choice Consulting which provides business consulting. He always has had a strong interest in politics and has worked on a few campaigns including serving as a Campaign Ambassador for Mayor Kasim Reed, raising funds for Generation 44 and is the current social chairman for the Young Democrats of Atlanta. In his free time he enjoys reading, talking politics, performing community service with Hands on Atlanta and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Justin is also a very spirited fan of the Georgia Bulldogs and loves his football.

Carla Smith, Consultant/Co-Owner, Georgia Counseling and Social Services Consultants, LLC

Carla is a consultant and Co-Owner of Georgia Counseling and Social Services Consultants, LLC, a social services/non profit consulting, program development and leadership training firm. Previously, Carla served as Regional Supervisor for Youth Villages, a Tennessee based non profit organization. Carla also served as the Region lead for the State of Tennessee’s Governor’s Mentoring Initiative where she was a member of the development team of then Governor Phil Bredesen’s program for children that were in foster care. Carla's current community involvement includes The Museum School of Avondale Estates Parent Teacher Organization where she currently serves as President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., The Governor’s Office for Children and Families CSEC Task Force and the Junior League of Atlanta where she is the Chairs of the CSEC committee. Carla is also active at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church in various ministries. Carla was selected as one of Atlanta’s “Power 30 Under 30” and was recently selected by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as the recipient of their “Outstanding Young Alumni Award.” A native of Augusta, Georgia Carla received her B.A. in Psychology from Paine College and her Master’s of Social Work from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

Maurice Stewart, Serial Social Entrepreneur, MNA Capital Holdings

Maurice Stewart is currently the Managing Member of MNA Capital Holdings and Great Memories, LLC. Prior to leaving corporate America, Maurice worked with General Motors in corporate finance, JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse First Boston in investment banking, and Deloitte Consulting in strategy consulting. He parlayed his corporate experiences into an entrepreneurial enterprise purchasing a construction company in 2006 and Mighty Jumps, an indoor inflatable play center in 2009. Currently, Maurice is in the process of launching Coffeeshop Capital, an endeavor aimed at helping high potential, underserved individuals transition into entrepreneurship and gain access to capital. Maurice enjoys volunteering with youth-focused programs Junior Achievement and Sponsors for Educational Opportunities. Through Mighty Jumps, he enjoys creating fundraising programs that benefit multiple schools and charities like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Lungevity, and the Special Olympics. In 2011, Mighty Jumps held its first Family Fitness Challenge in an ongoing effort to celebrate healthy lifestyles, combat childhood obesity, and reward youth achievements. Maurice received his BS in Accounting and his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Florida A&M University. He and his lovely wife Alexis are proud parents of Miles and Marley and he is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Lauren Thomas, Digital Marketing Strategist, Freelance

Lauren Thomas is a digital marketing strategist with a passion for connecting with people through social media, storytelling, and travel. She launched her digital marketing career at Everywhere, an Atlanta-based firm specializing in social media strategy and content development. Lauren went on to work as a Digital Strategy Analyst at Nurun, a global interactive marketing agency. She is currently a freelance digital strategist and works to help her clients increase their online brand visibility, connect with digital influencers, and drive inbound leads. Lauren speaks about new media and has spoken at industry events including the Atlanta Food Blog Forum, Digital Atlanta, and BarkWorld. During the inaugural Social Media Atlanta, she served as the co-host of #DigitiniATL, an event that celebrated the diversity of women in social media. She has also been featured in 28 Days of Diversity, an online series highlighting people of color impacting the social web. Lauren attended the University of Florida on a full academic scholarship and earned a B.A. in English. Lauren has travelled extensively and lived in five different countries, including Ecuador and Egypt. She uses social media to remain connected with friends and followers around the world.

Michael Turgeon, Corps Member, Teach For America

Michael Turgeon currently serves as a corps member at Teach For America, a non-profit organization committed to closing the educational achievement gap in our nation’s most underserved communities. He teaches biology at Banneker High School in College Park, Georgia and was recently named the Freshman Academy’s “Teacher of the Year.” At Teach For America, Michael is working to build the Health Leadership Track, an initiative geared towards revamping health curricula, delivering frontier research, and assessing the health needs of schools to lay the groundwork for future collaborative efforts between Teach For America placement sites and public health institutions. Michael graduated from Emory University with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a minor Biological Anthropology in 2010. An Atlanta native, Michael worked for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study the recent health care reform law prior to joining Teach For America. In 2011, Michael was selected as an Urban Leaders Fellow to serve on Senator Mike Johnston’s health policy team. Michael plans to pursue a career in medicine next year to continue his passion for health and social justice.