Now serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District – which encompasses parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County – Congressman Hank Johnson has distinguished himself as a substantive, effective lawmaker and a leading national progressive voice. Named one of the most effective Democrats in Congress by a University of Virginia and University of Vanderbilt study, R. Rep Johnson has proven his ability to get things done. From his seat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Johnson has introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field for everyday Americans. His bills that protect consumers and citizens’ civil liberties include the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) and the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act. As a champion for digital inclusion and an open Internet, Rep. Johnson has pushed to empower low-income and minority communities through digital rights, broadband access, and equality of opportunity online as ranking member of the subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law (RRCAL) In 2019, Rep. Johnson was elected by his peers to lead the Judiciary Subcommittee – Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over administration of U.S. Courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedure, judicial ethics, patent, copyright and trademark law, information technology and the Internet. Congressman Johnson, a longtime member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), was elected Secretary of the CBC. His term began January 3, 2019 and lasts through the 116th Congress – ending Dec. 31, 2020. In 2017 at the launch of the 115th Congress, Rep. Johnson landed a coveted seat on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee (T&I) and serves on the Aviation, Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management and Highways & Transit subcommittees. As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Johnson became a leading national voice for the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies in 2014 after police donned camouflage tactical gear and climbed aboard heavily armored vehicles to confront peaceful protestors in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed teenager. To help restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, he filed the Police Accountability Act and the Grand Jury Reform Act in the wake of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men across the country. In 2010, Rep. Johnson was a member of the prosecution team in the impeachment trial of New Orleans U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr., resulting in the first impeachment and conviction of a federal judge in more than two decades. In 2016, Rep. Johnson earned an honorary doctorate from his beloved alma mater Clark Atlanta University. Prior to taking his seat in Congress in 2006, Rep. Johnson practiced criminal defense law in Georgia for twenty-seven (27) years. He served twelve (12) years as a magistrate judge, and five (5) years as a county commissioner.
Rep. Johnson is married to DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and has two adult children.
Laura Turner Seydel
Laura Turner Seydel, Captain Planet Foundation I inherited my passion for taking care of the planet from my dad, Ted Turner, the original Captain Planet. As children, my father instilled environmental stewardship into me and my siblings every chance he got. Growing up, when we took a family beach vacation we had to commit at least one day to picking up litter along the beach. In the winter we put on more layers, before just dialing up the thermostat. Despite his success, my dad drove the same old car he always had. Waste not, want not. In 1990, my dad created the Captain Planet animated TV series with Barbara Pyle. Captain Planet is still in syndication around the world, and continues to inspire a new generation of Planeteers. Today, I have the honor of acting as Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation which supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world to make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities. I have dedicated my life to continuing my father’s legacy of environmentalism and humanitarianism. Captain Planet taught us that the Power is Ours, and I endeavor through education and outreach to leave this planet a place our children and grandchildren will want to inherit,
Dr. Hilary King
Dr. Hilary King, Director of Special Projects for Community Farmer's Markets Director of Special Projects, Community Farmers Markets, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University Master’s in Development Practice. Dr. Hilary King is an applied anthropologist and sustainable food advocate. Through her current work as the Sustainable Development Postdoctoral Fellow in the Emory University Masters' in Development Practice, she teaches students in a two-year professional degree program that prepares them for careers in the international development and humanitarian fields. Hilary also works as the Director of Special Projects at Community Farmers Markets (CFM). Hilary is committed to putting social science research to work to address issues of poverty, inequity and social justice. For more than 15 years, she has investigated how social relationships shape economic interactions, particularly through food. She has worked with farmers and consumers across the United States, Mexico, Central America, and East Africa with support from Thomas J. Watson and Fulbright Fellowships and raised more than $1,000,000 in research and project funding. Through her research, she has co-developed innovative food system projects and businesses, including the Fresh MARTA Markets at public transit stations in Atlanta and direct trade relationships between farmers in the Dominican Republic and consumers in the United States.
Lindy Miller is a Georgia native and first-generation American. She has over 15 years of global experience in policy, strategy, and operations. Several years ago, she co-founded Cherry Street Energy, a renewable energy company helping to transform Georgia's energy marketplace. Motivated by a desire to solve social problems and bring her skills to public service, she ran for statewide office in the 2018 midterms. As the Democratic nominee for public service commissioner, District 5, Lindy advanced to a run-off. While she ultimately lost her election, Lindy came closer than any Democrat in a run-off in Georgia in decades. Lindy holds degrees from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the University of Pennsylvania, and is a board member of Congregation Sheath Israel. Lindy and her husband, Jonathan Crane, an ethics professor at Emory University, are raising three young boys less than 10 miles from where she grew up.
Roy Taylor is the Chair of Greening Georgia, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia. He is also on the Steering Committee of Quaker Earthcare Witness and was clerk of that organization for three years. He is a green architect and a LEED Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council. He is known locally as being a green community activist and started the community gardening in Canton more than a decade ago.
Mayor Bill Edwards
Mayor William Bill Edwards South Fulton is a chartered city in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. It includes all of the land that had remained unincorporated in southwest Fulton County with the exception of the Fulton Industrial Boulevard corridor. The communities of Red Oak, Cooks Crossing, Stonewall, Tell, Fife, (part of) Campbellton, Ben Hill, Sandtown, Cliftondale, and Peters Woods (a few of which were towns founded before the American Civil War)
Al Bartell is a master consultant of public policy management with local, national, international and global stakeholders. Mr. Bartell Consults on scopes of work that communicate, collect and circulate data to public policy stakeholders Impacts roundtable discussions, development sessions, summits and conferences on public policy issues. Mediates core values of neighborhood, community, faith and small business leaders in public policy strategies. Facilitates communication with agencies, businesses, organizations and corporations on public policy outcomes. Engages capacity-building strategies with urban, suburban and rural stakeholders on public policy advocacy. Empowers programs, projects, ministries, coalitions, initiatives and networks with public policy measures. Manages communication strategies with organizations and institutions on public policy management.
Willie Miller is a 3rd generation green thumb, born and raised in the south. Dusting off his green thumb and perfecting his unique method of sustainable, naturally grown, heirloom growing, he moved from a rooftop urban farm, to a friend’s backyard, and now a 4+ acre micro-farm — with an abundance of space needed to grow locally-sourced, fresh food. As his territory increased, so did the demand for his ‘goodie bag’ of fresh harvest, along with canned and preserved vegetables and fruits.
Michael Snipes was born and raised in Dublin, GA. He began his career in solid waste in 2005 when he was hired by the Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority as their Director. He initiated the first county-wide recycling program in Laurens County, and operates their Old Macon Road Landfill, the first Georgia landfill permitted to compost biosolids and the only Georgia landfill permitted to compost animal mortalities. Michael is a Certified Landfill Operator (Georgia) and a SWANA Certified Manager of “Composting Programs” and “Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems”. In 2009, the Old Macon Road Landfill received the SWANA International Silver Excellence Award for Landfill Management and 1st place for Waste Reduction and Recycling from Keep Georgia Beautiful. In 2013, they were awarded the SWANA International Gold Excellence Award for Composting. Currently, Michael serves as President of SWANA – Georgia Chapter. He has hosted two SWANA International Truck and Equipment Road-e-o’s (2011 and 2016) and the Georgia Chapter was recently selected to serve as host of SWANApalooza in 2020. Michael has served on numerous stakeholder committees with Ga. EPD including the Compost Rules Stakeholders Committee and most recently, the Solid Waste Trust Fund Stakeholders Committee. Director, Laurens County Solid Waste Management Authority.
Amber Suitt, a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown University Law Center, is a fourth generation Atlantan. She has been working to transform our local food system in different capacities since 2011. Prior to her current role as the Director of Programs at Georgia Organics, she worked as an Outreach Coordinator for The Common Market, a local food distribution company. While at The Common Market, she focused on local food procurement for hospitals, community organizations, early learning centers, public schools, and retail. She has also served on the board for the South West Atlanta Grower’s Cooperative. Her desire to prevent the diet-related illnesses that many of her family members suffered from stimulated her initial interest to work in the food system. As she continues to work in this field, her desire to also address environmental issues caused by agricultural practices as well as the impact of climate change on food security has grown. While at Georgia Organics, her goal is to increase farmer prosperity and a healthy environment through her support and development of Georgia Organic’s programming. She also seeks to continue to use her legal background in support of farmers and food businesses. Amber can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org