Board of Directors
Mr. Redman currently serves at the Senior Director of Strategy at BrightHouse, a creative consulting group. He was formerly the Chief Operating Officer at OneGoal, which is a growing organization focused on making college graduation possible for all students in our nation. From 2009-14, Mr. Redman served as Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs at Teach For America in Chicago. He worked for Deloitte Consulting from 2005-2009 in the Washington and London offices, focusing on business strategy and performance management. Mr. Redman graduated as an honors scholar from Auburn University with a BS in business, and holds masters degrees from the University of Texas and the University of Cambridge. He lives in the Virginia Highlands with his wife and three daughters.
Vice Chair, Governance Committee Chair
Ms.Cagle is founding team member and Associate Partner at Promise54. She has over 14 years of experience in education and talent work. Before helping found Promise54, Ms. Cagle worked as an Associate Partner on the Talent Advising Team at Bellwether Education Partners. From 2007-2015, she worked on Teach For America's national recruitment team in a variety of roles, leading the organization’s teacher recruitment in the South along with several national strategic initiatives. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cagle worked as a middle school teacher in rural North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University and lives in midtown Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Mr. Nelson currently serves as a Financial Services Manager at The Coca-Cola Company, with forecasting and budget management responsibilities for Coke's business with CVS Health. Mr. Nelson has been with The Coca-Cola Company since 2011, first joining the company's audit department. Prior to joining Coke, Mr. Nelson spent three years at Ernst & Young in the Atlanta office, working in the audit practice from 2008 - 2011. Mr. Nelson received his bachelor's degree from Morehouse College, with a degree in business administration, concentrating in accounting. He also received a Masters in Accounting from Wake Forest University.
Ms. Barksdale is the Chief Operating Officer at Promise54. She has over a decade of experience in education and non-profit management, including leading Teach for America’s national strategy team and managing the organization’s growth strategy and development efforts. Ms. Barksdale also has experience leading and advising on talent management efforts in schools and school districts. She previously worked in Morgan Stanley’s Public Finance Investment Banking group based out of New York and received her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Ms. Barksdale is a proud resident of Southwest Atlanta.
Ms. Cash is the Assistant Corporate Secretary at Southern Company. She has over a decade of experience in the legal field, previously as an attorney at Georgia Power and Arnall Golden Gregory LLP. She is also a board member on the Development Authority of Fulton County and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. Ms. Cash received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She lives in Southwest Atlanta with her husband and four children.
Mr. Lasher is currently the Executive Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Cox Communications. Prior to this position, Mr. Lasher was the Vice President of Real Estate and Development at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He has spent time in various roles in the Feasibility, Development Finance, and Real Estate Strategy functional areas of Hyatt. Mr. Lasher received his bachelors degree in finance and management from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
Mr. Loveland is a retired senior parnter from King & Spalding with more than 40 years of trial and appellate experience. In his tenure as a lawyer, Mr. Loveland primarily focused on business litigation. Mr. Loveland graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina and received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Mr. Loveland currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy based in Boulder, Colorado. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. Mr. Loveland was a founding member of the Board of Georgia Appleseed and served as its Chair in 2010-2011. He is also a member of the Board of SteerSmart, based in Atlanta.
Mr. Pierson is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he manages the assets of foundations, endowments and families across the Southeast. He previously served as executive director for Teach for America – Northern California. He began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching sixth grade. Mr. Pierson is currently a board member at Teach for America – Atlanta and redefinED atlanta as well as board chair of New Schools for New Orleans. He served on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission in Georgia. Mr. Pierson holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
Mr. Smith-Lewis is the Director of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Career Pathways Initiative. He was formerly an Associate Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, working in their Postsecondary Success program. He previously worked in process improvement at Howard University and business analysis at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Smith-Lewis attended Morehouse College where he received his bachelor's degree in Economics. He is currently attending Georgia State University to complete his master's degree in African American Studies.
Board Meeting Schedule
|Date and Time||Location||Address|
|July 18, 2019, 6:30-9:00 pm||Kindezi Old Fourth Ward||386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308|
|September 20, 2019, 8:00-10:30 am||Kindezi West||286 Wilson Mill Rd. SW Atlanta, GA 30331|
|November 14, 2019, 6:30-9:00 pm||Kindezi Old Fourth Ward||386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308|
|January 24, 2020, 8:00-10:30 am||Kindezi at Gideons||897 Welch St. SW Atlanta, GA 30310|
|March 19, 2020, 6:30-9:00 pm||Kindezi Old Fourth Ward||386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308|
|May 8, 2020, 8:00-10:30 am||Kindezi Old Fourth Ward||386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308|
Please see the agenda in advance of each meeting, which is posted in the "Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes" section of this page.
- Governance Committee: The governance committee meetings occur on the fourth Friday of the month at 8:30 am at 950 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. NW Suite 17 Atlanta, GA 30318.
- Finance Committee: The Finance Committee meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:30 am at 950 Joseph E Lowery Blvd. NW Suite 18 Atlanta, GA 30318.
- Executive Committee: the Executive Committee meets on the second Friday of the month at 8:30 at various locations. Please see the posted agenda for the location.
Board meeting agendas, minutes, budget, charter, and other important Board documents are kept in public Dropbox folders. You do not need a Dropbox account to view the folders or contents -- simply press the "X" when it prompts you to login with an account.
Board Meeting Participation Policy
All Board meetings are open to the public.
Time is set aside at each regularly scheduled meeting to provide stakeholders the opportunity to address the Board. The public comment period is designed to gain input from the public and not for immediate responses by the Board to the public comments presented.
Individuals who wish to address the governing board at a Board meeting will be required to sign up in advance of the meeting by emailing the Executive Director (email@example.com) and the Board Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 24 hours in advance.
- Speakers should be courteous and professional. The presiding Board officer may terminate public comments that are profane, vulgar, or defamatory.
- Speakers will be heard in the order in which they emailed in their request to speak.
- Speakers have three minutes each and must stop speaking promptly when signaled.
- The board reserves the right to cap the public comment period to the first seven individuals who sign up.
- Speakers may not address confidential student or personnel matters, but may submit such concerns to the Board in writing.
- Board members will not respond to the comments during the meeting. If follow-up is necessary, the appropriate staff or a representative of the Board will follow-up in a timely manner via email, letter, or telephone.