Young Democrats elect Javier Brown as Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Chair

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Young Democrats of At­lanta, the of­fi­cial Ful­ton County chap­ter of Young Democrats of Ge­or­gia, has elected Javier Brown as its new com­mu­ni­ca­tions chair. Brown serves as a leg­isla­tive as­sis­tant to politi­cian and LGBT ally state Sen. Vin­cent Ford (D-At­lanta).

Brown tells Ge­or­gia Voice that he is “ex­cited about the work we have to do.”

“We (Young Democrats) must de­velop a mes­sage and plan to not only get young adults to the polls, but en­gage them in the po­lit­i­cal process to sup­port our Demo­cratic can­di­dates so that we en­sure vic­tory.”

AJC De­catur Book Fes­ti­val names new pro­gram di­rec­tor

The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion De­catur Book Fes­ti­val has named Julie Wil­son as its new pro­gram di­rec­tor. Wil­son suc­ceeds for­mer pro­gram di­rec­tor and for­mer Out­write Book­store owner Philip Raf­shoon, who has stepped down af­ter serv­ing in the role for three years.

Prior to tak­ing on her new role, Wil­son spent nearly seven years man­ag­ing cus­tomer feed­back and process im­prove­ment, mea­sur­ing and eval­u­at­ing cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences and de­vel­op­ing mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions pro­grams for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. How­ever, the bulk of Wil­son’s ca­reer was spent in me­dia re­la­tions for Ketchum, a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions agency.

Wil­son says she’s “ec­static about this op­por­tu­nity to serve as pro­gram di­rec­tor for such a suc­cess­ful, well-re­garded event.”

“I have some pretty big shoes to fill fol­low­ing Philip. I gained in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence in 2015 work­ing with the AJC DBF team, learn­ing from the very best in the busi­ness. I look for­ward to build­ing upon my ex­pe­ri­ence to con­tinue evolv­ing our pro­gram of­fer­ings and strength­en­ing our ties with au­thors and pub­lish­ers lo­cally and na­tion­ally.”

Lambda Le­gal elects new board of direc­tors

At­lanta res­i­dents and busi­ness lead­ers Jef­frey Cleghorn and Ka­t­rina Quicker have both been named to the board of direc­tors of Lambda Le­gal.

Cleghorn man­ages the fam­ily law prac­tice of Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC, in At­lanta, with a fo­cus on is­sues af­fect­ing LGBT Fam­ily law at­tor­ney Jeff Cleghorn has been ap­pointed to Lambda Le­gal’s board of direc­tors. (Screen­cap im­age) in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies.

“I am pleased and hon­ored to join the Board of Lambda Le­gal. In vic­tory af­ter vic­tory af­ter vic­tory, in court­rooms all across our great coun­try, Lambda Le­gal has made the case for equal­ity since 1973,” says Cleghorn. “I con­tinue to be in­spired by Lambda Le­gal’s bril­liant and hard-work­ing at­tor­neys, and am proud to ex­pand my ser­vice to this vi­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Quicker is a part­ner in the At­lanta of­fices of Bak­erHostetler, a firm spe­cial­iz­ing in patent and in­tel­lec­tual property law.

“I be­lieve in their work,” says Quicker. “I am hon­ored to join the board of direc­tors to en­sure that Lambda Le­gal’s vi­sion of full recog­ni­tion of the civil rights of the LGBT com­mu­nity and all who ex­pe­ri­ence dis­crim­i­na­tion is re­al­ized.”

SBA, NGLCC name At­lanta as host city

At­lanta has been named one of two cities to host the U.S. Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SBA) as it launches the LGBT Busi­ness Builder, the first ini­tia­tive of its kind fo­cused specif­i­cally on LGBT busi­ness own­ers.

“Dur­ing the one-day event, busi­nesses will learn how to lever­age NGLCC’s LGBT Busi­ness En­ter­prise cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties through SBA’s suite of ser­vices around gov­ern­ment con­tract­ing, ex­port­ing, and other SBA ini­tia­tives,” says David Perry, Na­tional LGBT Out­reach Di­rec­tor, in a state­ment.

The At­lanta SBA/NGLCC event will be held on Dec. 9 and tick­ets are sold out. Sacra­mento is the other cho­sen city, and will host an SBA event on Dec. 1. NGLCC is the ex­clu­sive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body for LGBT-owned busi­nesses. Ge­or­gia Voice is NGLCC cer­ti­fied.

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