Board of Directors

Board Members

Mr. Redman is 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 two daughters. 

Vice Chair
Ms. Cagle is founding team member and Associate Partner at Promise54. She has over 12 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. Prior to her work as a consultant, she was a Vice President with Teach For America’s recruitment team where she led the organization’s teacher recruitment function in the South, supported the communications and marketing strategy for the national team, and led all communications and processes related to the restructure of a 200 person team. Over her tenure there, the organization saw significant growth in the diversity of its teaching corps. Her work also included a focus on adult learning and leadership development, training and supports for new managers and establishing culturally conscious hiring practices.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Cagle worked as a middle school teacher in rural North Carolina.  Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale University and lives in midtown Atlanta with her husband and son. 

Mr. Nelson currently serves as a Finance 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.

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.  

Ms. Perkins-Hooker is the county attorney for Fulton County, Georgia. Prior to joining Fulton County she served as the vice president and general counsel for the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. for six years. She is a former a partner with the law firm of Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, PC, where she was in charge of the Commercial Real Estate Group. She also owned her own law firm for over 10 years. Ms. Perkins-Hooker was the former President of the State Bar of Georgia. She has previously served on the Board of Governors and as a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar. Ms. Perkins-Hooker is an honors graduate of Georgia Tech and received her graduate degrees from Emory University Law and Business Schools. 

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.

Board Meeting Schedule

Date and Time Location Address
August 9, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm Kindezi Old Fourth Ward 386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
September 21, 2018, 8:00-10:30 am Kindezi West 286 Wilson Mill Rd. SW Atlanta, GA 30331
November 15, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm Kindezi Old Fourth Ward 386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
January 25, 2019, 8:00-10:30 am Kindezi at Gideons 1090 Windsor St. SW Atlanta, GA 30310
March 21, 2019, 6:30-9:00 pm Kindezi Old Fourth Ward 386 Pine St. NE Atlanta, GA 30308
May 17, 2019, 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.

Committee Meetings:

  • Governance Committee: The next governance committee meeting is tbd.
  • 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 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 (deanleeper[at] and the Board Chair (aredman[at] 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.

Grievance Policy

Parents, individuals, and Kindezi staff who have a grievance that they would like to present to the Board of Directors are requested to follow the Kindezi Grievance Policy.

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Board meeting agendas and minutes 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.




The FY19 budget was adopted on May 17, 2018. You can view the FY19 budget here