Education Policy Fellowship Program

Providing potential leaders with the knowledge and networks
to advance the core issues of education policy

What is EPFP?

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) that provides potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. Since 2008, the Partnership has been home to the Georgia program, supported by generous funding from Wells Fargo and Alston & Bird and co-sponsored by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia.

The application period for the 2021-2022 EPFP class is closed. 

We will begin taking applications for the 2022-2023 class in May of 2022.

Email Robert Gaines at with questions or join our mailing list to be notified of the next cohort.

What Are the Requirements?

The Fellows commit nine months to an intensive professional development experience concentrated on three program strands: public policy, leadership, and professional networking. They attend monthly colloquium to deepen their knowledge of education policy, but remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Georgia.

How Do You Benefit?

The program provides Fellows with a unique personal development laboratory for applying new insights and for cultivating new skills. The participants will hear and discuss education policy with the most respected policy makers in the state and nation. At the end of a year, EPFP Fellows will be better informed, more skillful advocates for sound public policy.

How Does Georgia Benefit?

With the implementation of EPFP, the Georgia Partnership, the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, and the Office of the President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, cultivate strategic leaders who have the capacity to advocate for and create sound public policy to improve public education. Ultimately, EPFP seeks to improve the chances of children and youth to succeed.

2021-2022 Fellows

Jen Brock

Chief Communications Officer

Marietta City Schools

Ana Cunningham

Program Associate

The Carter Center

Ramon Garner


John Lewis Invictus Academy

Melissa Harris

Deputy Superintendent

DeKalb County School District

Maggie Hennessy

Research Analyst, K-12 Education


Salethia James


Statham Elementary School

Jamal Jessie

Workforce Development Manager

Georgia Power

Katherine Townsend Kiernan

Research Analyst I

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Rachale LaVoie

Early Education Community Coordinator

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Pat Lummus

Executive Director

Sartain Lanier Family Foundation

Chanika Perry

Director of Education Programs

Hands on Atlanta

Matthew Robison

Dean of Students and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Gordon State College

Jordan Rose

Executive co-Director

Science ATL, Inc.

Casey Tanner

Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Affairs

University System of Georgia

What Do Participants Say?

EPFP Alumni Classes

Hallie Angelella

Naserian Foundation Early Childhood Program Mgr.

Alliance Theatre

Jennifer Anthony

Assistant Principal

Cobb County Schools

Leri Argueta

Assistant Director for Enrollment Diversity

University of North Georgia

Bernadette Ball-Oliver

Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools

Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education

Alicia Brandon

Corporate Social Responsibility Leader


Jess Burke

Program Coordinator

Georgia Humanities

Katie Grogan

Sr. Research Associate


Avery Hart

Economic Development Project Manager

University System of Georgia

Clay Hunter

Assistant Superintendent

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Kim Karacalidis

Director of Strategy & Operations

Relay Graduate School of Education

Shafiqua Little

Data Analyst

Learn4Life Metro Atlanta

Angela Moton

Assistant Superintendent

Barrow County Schools

Michele Neely


State Charter School Foundation

Lisa Olens

Education Manager Georgia Power

Kerry Pritchard

Manager Policy, Flexibility & External Affairs

Georgia Department of Education

Brandy Reeves

Sr. Director of Alumni Programming

New Leaders

Jody Reeves

Executive Director

Georgia ACTE

Aarti Sharma

VP of New School Development

Georgia Charter Schools Association


Greg Barrett

Project Manager


Nathifa Carmichael

Independent Consultant

EduCapital Solutions, LLC

Matthew Colvin

Executive Director of Economic Development

University System of Georgia

Kimberly Creagh

Program Manager of Teacher Dev. & Retention (Governor’s School Leadership Academy)

Governor’s Office of Student Achievement

John Denine

Executive Director


Debra Faulk

VP, Senior Philanthropic Specialist

Wells Fargo

Annie Frazer

Executive Director

Montessori Partnership for Georgia

Allyson Gevertz

Board Member

DeKalb County School Board

Sabrina Gomez

STEM Education Strategist


Dihanne Hayes

Program Manager, Office of Innovation

Atlanta Public Schools

Niyoka Johnson

National Director, Teacher Dev. & Instructional Support

3DE Junior Achievement

Alicia McCartney



Ramona Mills

Director of Communications

Professional Association of Georgia Educators

Kathaleena Monds

Professor & Director, Center for Educational Opportunity

Albany State University

Mary-Kate Starkel

Director of Development

redefinED atlanta

Phylicia Thompson

Institutional Assessment and Planning Analyst

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

Anona Walker

Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships

Achieve Atlanta

Princeton Williams

Outreach Senior Program Manager

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Jamie Wilson

Chief HR Officer

Clayton County Public Schools

Morcease J. Beasley


Clayton County Public Schools

Scott M. Bierman

Legislative Services Associate

GA School Boards Association

Caren Cloud

Legal Director

Truancy Intervention Project GA, Inc

Caitlan Cole

Grants Coordinator

Charles R. Drew Charter School

Dionne Cowan

Associate Director, Principals Center

Georgia State University

Christina DeGiulio

Principal Planner

Atlanta Regional Commission

Lisa B. Dwyer

Director, Partnerships & Special Projects

GEEARS: GA Early Ed Alliance for Ready Students

Rodney T. Green

Assistant Superintendent

Lowndes County Schools

Dave Howland

Managing Director of External Relations

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Matt Jones

Chief of Staff

Georgia Department of Education

Joseph Lillyblad

Education and Workforce Development Manager

Georgia Power

Katherine Manthey

Academic Accountability Manager

State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

Amanda Minix

Director of Development

YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Errika Moore

Executive Director

TAG: Technology Association of Georgia

Dawn M. Parker


Alonza A. Crim Open Campus High School

Aixa M. Pascual

Advocacy, Thought Leadership & Cultural Engagement

Latin American Association

David Peterson


Literacy for All, Community Fdn. of Greater Atl.

Austin Riley

Program Coordinator-Cobb Workforce Partnership Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Erika Danielle Robinson

Executive Director

Georgia Gwinnett College

Monique Shields

Executive Director

Breakthrough Atlanta

Tiffany Taylor

Director, Policy & Compliance

Marietta City Schools

Alex Wan

Executive Director

Horizons Atlanta, Inc

Alexandra Wiggins

Community Development Advisor

Purpose Built Communities


James Aucoin 


Chris Cannon

Georgia Council on Economic Ed.

Genny Castillo 

Georgia House Democratic Caucus

Bonnie Cochran

Paulding County School District

Sherri Davis

Teach for America

Victoria Norris   

CF Foundation, Inc.

Jessica  Pennington       

Truancy Intervention Project Georgia, Inc.

Gayla Robbins

honorCode Atlanta

Stephanie A. Sanders

Georgia Department of Education

Angira Sceusi  


Geoffrey Streat

United Way of Greater Atlanta

Otha Edward Thornton, Jr.

Self Employed

Vett Vandiver

GEEARS (GA Early Ed. Alliance for Ready Students)

Sweta Vivek

Achieve Atlanta

Jacquetta Watkins

The Study Hall, Inc.

Dan Weber

Charter System Foundation, Inc.

Greg Wilson

The University of Georgia

Kerri Wilson

Governor's Office of Planning and Budget

Stuart Andreason

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Irene Barton

Georgia PTA

Alexa Brown

Achieve Atlanta

Marquetta Bryan

Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarbrough, LLP

Cindy Cheatham

Good Advisors, LLC

Amy Clarke

CF Foundation

Caitlin Daugherty


David Goldie

Fulton County schools

Zenith Houston

Posse Atlanta

Amy Hutchins

Georgia Power Company

Diane Jacobi

Rodriguez Johnson

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Kelly Petaccio

Griffin Spalding County School System

Paige Pushkin

Georgia Foundation for Public Education

Johnna Robinson

Georgia Power Company

Michelle Simmons

DeKalb County/Douglas County School Systems

Virginia Spencer

Action Ministries

Jennie Welch


Elizabeth Williams

McIntosh County School District

Kenita Williams

Southern Education Foundation

Marisol Zacarias

Graduation Achievement Charter High School

Tim Cairl

Metro Atlanta Chamber

Michael Carnathan

Atlanta Regional Commission

Ellyn Cochran


Elizabeth Davis

Woodruff Arts Center - Arts for Learning

Asenith Dixon

College Board

Shayna Gaspard

SEG Group

Danielle Gray

Howard Dobbs, Jr Foundation

Bridgett Johnson


Jessica  Johnson

The Scholarship Academy, Inc.

Katie Landes

Voices for Ga Children

Cynthia Lester

Georgia Perimeter College

Danielle LeSure

Leadership for Educational Equity

Akia Lewis

GA Family Connection Partnership

Claire Miller

Oconee County Schools

Kristina Morris

The Community Foundation for Greater Atl.

Sherilyn Narker

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

James Osanyinbi


Brian Pauling

100 Black Men of America, Inc.

Yarbrah Peeples


Catherine Ramos


Niambi Sampson

Junior Achievement of GA, Inc.

Nicole Tuttle

Drew Charter School

Judy Agerton


Duke Bradley, III

Wesley International Academy

Dawn Cooper

Board of Regents

Ericka Cooper

Fulton County schools

Austin Dickson 

Literacy Action, Inc.

Patricia Falotico

Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

Amy Fouse

Houston County Board of Education

Robert  W. Gaines, II


April Peters-Hawkins

University of Georgia

Angela  Hurtado

Hispanic Organization Promoting Education

Detrius Jones

Georgia PTA

Moira McNabb

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (Former)

Joyce Morley

DeKalb County School District

Tracey Nelson

Georgia Association of Educators

Justin Pauly

Georgia School Boards Association

Ashley Rivera

Atlanta Regional Commission

Charmaine Ward

Georgia Pacific

Arianne Weldon

Get Georgia Ready

Susanne Diggs-Wilborn

Achieve Atlanta

Merrill Wilcox


Carol Williams

Coldwell Banker Upchurch Reality

Lori Bodine

Great Promise Partnership

Laura Bollman

CF Foundation

Whitney Butts


Pedro Cherry

Georgia Power

Lynita Jackson


Laura James

Georgia Gwinnett College

Allison Konter

Savannah-Chatham Schools

Elise Langan

Middle Georgia State College

Lindsey Luczynski

Charles Drew Charter School

Ryan Mahoney

GA Chamber

Courtney Montague


Courtney Murray

Teach for America

Eric Parker

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Cyndee Phillips

Franklin County Schools

Valley Rogers

Bainbridge State College

JaKathrn Ross

Georgia Pacific

Brinkley Serkedakis

Coxe Curry & Associates

Mini'imah Shaheed

KIPP Metro Atlanta

Sandra Stone

Dalton State College

Sheneka Williams

University of Georgia

Yvonne Whitaker

NCR Corporation

Gregory Arnsdorff

Melissa Boudoux

Jana Brodie

Kristina Christy

Vanessa Elkan

Beverly Ferguson

Rob Fortson

Frederick Gregory

Amy Hennessy

Holland Levinson

Susan Loudnsbury

Susan Jiles

Saadia Mazhar

Meca Mohammed

Laurie Murrah- Hanson

Mike Raymer

Diane Sandifer

Terri Seay

Pat Sims

Jean Wacaster

Lara Willox

Carlise Womack Wynn

Christopher Adams

Krevolin & Horst, LLC

Danilo Baylen

University of West Georgia

Julia Bernath

Fulton County School Board

Gayle Burnett

Atlanta Public Schools

Leslie Bussey


Wendy Dubner

University of Georgia

Tracy Elder

University of Georgia

Rachel Harvey

University of West Georgia

Carol Lewis

Communities in Schools of Georgia

Carolyn Lloyd

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Kami Luigs

General Electric

Diane McClearen

Oglethorpe Power

Michael Miller

Miller & Hightower Attorneys at Law

Mark Peevy

Technical Colleges System of Georgia

Phillip Randall

Hands on Atlanta

Nancy Sanabria

Communities in Schools

Chata Spikes

Fort Valley State University

Yolanda Spiva

Project GRAD

William Teasley

Atlanta Education Fund

Mark Willis


Terrence Wolfork

Fort Valley State University

Quaadirah Abdur-Rahim

Future Foundation

Jeanne Artime


Kellie Brownlow

Boys & Girls Club, GA

Jana Crane

Teach for America

William Fisher

Rice Financial Products

Tommy Green

Georgia Association of Educators

Robert Hahn

US Center for Disease Control

Laura Hatfield

University of Georgia

Gale Hulme

Retired, GLISI

Cedric Johnson

Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Jeanne Johnson-Whatley

DeVry University

Casey Lamb

Ivy Prep.

Margaret McElhannon

Nordson Corporation Foundation

Monica Rodgers

The Lovette School

Michael Rowland

Putnam County Schools

Cindy Salloum

Forsyth County Schools

Gina Simpson

Hands on Atlanta

Sibyl Slade

Commonwealth of Atlanta

Karen Terry

Cyber Academy South Carolina

Mike Worley

Georgia Wildlife Federation

Jessica  Bucholz

University of West Georgia

Suttiwan Cox


Shirley  Davis

North Georgia College

Tjuan Dogan

Emory University

Rosalind Barnes Fowler

University System of Georgia

Sharon Hill

Retired, Ga Appleseed

Sylvia Hooker

Troup County Schools

Debra Howell

Retired, GA Power

Linda Irwin-DeVitis

Georgia College

Donna Kosicki

Georgia PTA

Andrew Lewis

Georgia Charter Schools Foundation

Alisha Morgan

Georgia House of Representatives

Joseph Parlier

Monroe County School District

Anthony Pickett

Henry County Schools

Stephanie Reid


Korynn Schooley

Georgia Afterschool Investment Council

Brenda Schulz

Forsyth County Schools

Daniel Shoy

East Lake Foundation

Marilyn Stansbury

Indep. Election County, Colorado

Raymond Veon

M. Agnes Jones Elementary School

Andrew Broy

Network for Charter Schools

Taifa Butler

Georgia Budget & Policy Institute

Doris Christopher

Georgia College & State University

Sheila Cornelius

Atlanta Public Schools

Marcus Downs

Georgia Association for Educators

Rhonda Hefner-Packer 

Northeast Georgia RESA

Jill Joplin

KIPP Metro Atlanta Collaborative

Atiba Mbiwan

The Zeist Foundation

Jerome Morris


Angela Palm


Rene Pennigton

Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce

Julie Pennybacker

Education First

William Rainwater

Retired, Georgia Power

Cerrice Dawson/Sanders

Annie E Casey Foundation

Welch Suggs


Lauren Veasey

Southern Education Foundation

Susan Walker

Fulton County Schools

Deborah White


Shannon Wilder


Tamika Witcher

Atlanta Public Schools