Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Appoints New Vice Chair and Welcomes New Board Members

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March 23, 2023 – The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education is excited to announce its newest officers and board members. Lisa J. Smith, Senior Vice President of Region External Affairs and Community Engagement of Georgia Power Company, has assumed the role of vice chair.

New additions to the board include Kathy Clemons, Global Head of Talent Development for BlackRock and the Head of HR for the Atlanta Innovation Hub; Clint Dixon, Chair, Education & Youth Committee, Georgia Senate; Chris Erwin, Chair, Education Committee, Georgia House of Representatives; Katie Kirkpatrick, President and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; and Nick Slappy Vice President, Safety and Resource Management, Southern Company Gas.

“The Georgia Partnership has worked closely with our state’s business and legislative community for over thirty years to strengthen Georgia’s birth-to-work pipeline. That’s why we’re always excited and grateful to have business leaders and legislators join our board and help advance our efforts to improve educational outcomes and economic opportunities for all Georgians,” said Dr. Dana Rickman, president of the Georgia Partnership. “Our newest board members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in business, as well as a passion for education that we believe will pay tremendous dividends not only for our work at the Georgia Partnership, but also for the students of Georgia.”

Founded in 1992 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education consists of business, education, community and government leaders who share a vision of improved education. An independent organization, the Partnership is working to be Georgia’s foremost change agent in education. The non-partisan, non-profit Georgia Partnership takes lead roles in efforts to impact education policies and practices for the improvement of student achievement. More information is available at