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Tamara Pearson

Co-Chair

Dr. Tamara Pearson is Associate Director of School and Community Engagement at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pearson received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College, with a minor in Computer Science, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation explored perceived understanding of gender, race, and class in discussions about technology with pre-adolescent, low-income, African American girls. Her current work focuses on partnering with schools and districts to help develop innovative curriculum and programs, as well as understanding how to best engage populations historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

 
 
 
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Josh Penny

Co-Chair

Josh Penny currently works at MailChimp, the world’s leading marketing automation company. As a Program Associate on the corporate citizenship team, he spearheads the company’s community investments in the arts, considerate urbanism, and cycles of poverty.  Previously, Josh managed student retention programs at the Posse Foundation and Georgia State University. He grew up in metro Atlanta and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.

 
 
 
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Deloyd Johnson-Jones

Treasurer

Deloyd is a Partner at HLM Financial Group and overseas the accounting practice and daily operations of the firm. He is a business advisor who is an expert in accounting. He brings to every engagement an entrepreneur spirit and energy that stems from years of operations and process improvement experience with small and large retail, consumer goods, franchising, financial and manufacturing companies. Deloyd earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Marketing from Iona College. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia and an active member of the Georgia Society of CPAs. He sits on several non-profit boards providing financial and organizational guidance to the leadership teams. He loves to travel overseas especially to warm climate locations and exercising and spending time at home with his family.

 
 
 
 
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Eric Schnapp

Secretary

Eric Schnapp is a Senior Associate at Alston & Bird LLP, specializing in complex commercial litigation, with extensive trial experience around the country. Eric has been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers as a 2017 and 2018 Rising Star, and was part of the trial team that won the CVN Top Defense Verdict of 2016. He is a regular presenter to law students and new attorneys on ways to find success in their new careers. As an entrepreneur, Eric has successfully created multiple businesses, in the areas of audio-visual equipment to consumer rehabilitation products.

Before joining Alston & Bird, Eric earned his J.D. from Emory University, where he was part of the Emory International Law Review and a vice justice in the Phi Alpha Delta society. While in law school, he served as an intern at the Office of the DeKalb County, Georgia Solicitor General and to the Honorable T. Jackson Bedford in the Fulton County, Georgia Superior Court. Eric earned his M.B.A. with concentrations in finance and strategy and his B.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University.

 
 
 
 
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Connor Leydecker

Member

Connor Leydecker works as a Strategy & Analytics Specialist at Delta Air Lines on the Delta Sky Club team at the headquarters in Atlanta. Previously, he spent several years working in Delta's Pricing & Revenue Management department, managing an $850M annual revenue stream for central-U.S. markets. Connor has actively engaged in the Atlanta community, including as a project manager for Community Consulting Teams - Atlanta, a pro bono consultancy, and as a English Language and Civics tutor for the International Rescue Committee. He graduated summa cum laude from Emory University's Goizueta Business School BBA Program, double majoring in International Business and Linguistics. Connor is originally from Buffalo, NY and resides in Grant Park. 

 
 
 
 
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Dr. Marsha Francis

Member

Marsha E. Francis, Ph.D., is Program Specialist in Talent Management at Fulton County Schools.  Dr. Francis received a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development at Spelman College and a PhD in Educational Theory and Practice with a focus on teacher development and elementary science education from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation explored raced and gendered lived science experiences of Black female elementary pre-service teachers and how those experiences shaped their identities as teachers of elementary science. She is an educator with a wide range of experiences from spanning teaching in public schools, assisting innovative educational nonprofits and teacher development in higher education. Her current work supports teacher candidates in Fulton County Schools, ensuring that their clinical teaching experiences are fruitful and their teaching practices continuously expand.