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About Leadership DeKalb

A respected leadership development program in DeKalb County, Leadership DeKalb was founded in 1986 by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce to educate community leaders and to address issues facing the growing population. In 1994, Leadership DeKalb became an independent nonprofit organization. Since then, more than 1,000 community leaders have completed the program. Graduates of the program include CEO’s of top public and private companies, as well as a large number of DeKalb’s elected officials, educators, judges, entrepreneurs, volunteers and nonprofit leaders.

Leadership DeKalb convenes and connects leaders, informs them on matters vital to the county and enhances their leadership skills. This strengthened pipeline of talent immerses in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, thereby advancing quality of life in DeKalb.

With focus on the entire county, we position current and emerging leaders – reflecting the area’s rich diversity – to unite, commit and act to make DeKalb a premier place to live, work and enjoy life.

Class members learn about history, diversity, government, justice, arts and culture, education, health and economic development in the county. Classmates and alumni gain access to other leaders in all of these sectors. With over 1,000 alumni, we facilitate long-term leadership sustainability.

Leadership DeKalb Team

Gulzar Ajani

Interim Executive Director


EMAIL:
Gulzar@leadershipdekalb.org

Board Of Directors

Corregio Peagler ’98 (Executive Committee, Board Chair)

Vice-President


Marquetta J. Bryan ’16 (Executive Committee, Chair-elect)

PARTNER


Brent Adams ‘17 (Executive Committee, Treasurer)

Senior Vice President and Area Executive


Anne Lerner ’14 (Executive Committee, Secretary)

Senior Communications Strategist, Jackson Spalding


Mike Jacobs ‘16 (Executive Committee, Program Chair)

Judge


Marshall Guest ’15 (Executive Committee, At-Large)

Vice-President of Business Climate


Toni Hannah ‘15 (Executive Committee, At-Large)

Area Manager


Andrea Arnold '01

City Manager


John Bayalis ‘17

Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs


Tarsha Calloway ‘18

Vice-President of Advancement


Tremese Davis ‘15

Director, Supplier Diversity


Dorian DeBarr ‘18

Interim President


Jim Forstner ‘13

CEO


Matt Hicks ‘02

Vice-President of Governmental Relations


LaTisha Dear Jackson ‘06

Superior Court Judge


Paul Jacxsens ’12

Director of Specialty Care Operations & Strategy


Martha Pacini ‘15

Senior Associate


Mindy Pillow ‘11

Attorney


Alecea Quintyne ‘16

Implementation Manager


Shara Garwood Sanders ‘17

Past-Chair


Melvin Washington '19

Founder and Owner


Joshua Williams ‘15

Deputy Chief Operating Officer


Sandy Zayac ‘15

Partner