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It was a Surprise!! Wishing Bella luck at FCCLA National Leadership Conference. We are so proud of you. NLC in only five sleeps! #okfccla #fccla #nationalofficercandidate #nlcatlanta #atlanta


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Ten sleeps until Drummond FCCLA is off to National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia! How has FCCLA inspired you? #fccla #nlcatlanta #okfccla #inspired #nlc


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Atlanta! If you’d like to donate your used eyewear, please DM, text or email me! 💛



I serve some of our most disenfranchised community members at Grady Eye Clinic. All my eye examinations end with an education portion where I give my patients the tools and resources to understand their eye health. I hand over their eyeglass prescription and they usually ask how do they go about getting glasses. I often suggest local retailers or online sites but most options are either too expensive or inaccessible. Eye Donate will work to connect Atlanta metro professionals to community members in need for an opportunity for a clearer vision for tomorrow! #Atlanta #eyedonate #nlcatlanta #capstone


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The term “Best Board Ever” might come across as hyperbole. Clearly you’ve never met this group of individuals I had the distinct pleasure of serving as Co-Director for this year. #NLCAtlanta is an exceptional group molding and shaping the best of what Atlanta and the world has to offer. Thank you for making my job a pleasure team!!!!


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Drummond FCCLA is ready for Atlanta and to bring home the gold!! 🏅🏅We even had some birthday cake to celebrate 73 years of leadership. 🎈🎈 #countdown #nlcatlanta #atlanta #fccla #okfccla #hotlanta #73yearsstrong


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When a man is fortunate enough to be surrounded by women this phenomenal he’d better smile, at least, this widely. THANK YOU to Sen. Nikema Williams @nikemaw, the magical Dr. Camara Jones (MSM), the incomparable Meredith Lily @attymlilly & the ethereal Natosha Reid Rice @natoshareidrice for accepting @NLCAtlanta’s recognition as trail blazing change agents. #TheRisingTideOfProgress #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily #ZucotArtGallery


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Black Women Wonders! #BWW #NLCAtlanta honored four Progressive Change Makers last night: State Senator Nikema Williams, Dr. Camara Jones, Attorney Meredith Lilly and Reverend Natosha Reid Rice! It was an honor to be in their company and we were delighted to celebrate the tremendous work they do for our communities daily! #NewLeadersCouncil


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My @nlcatlanta mentee and I! #NLC #nlcatlanta


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Join NLC Atlanta, the Class of 2018 Fellows, and our host, the Honorable Bee Nguyen for an evening of celebration honoring progressive change-makers!
Get your tickets today!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1789476681146439/

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #Progress #NLCFamily


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The countdown to NLC is on....28 days until we are InspiRED in Atlanta #atlanta #nlcatlanta #fccla #okfccla #leadership #countdown #inspired


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Huge shouts of gratitude to my BFAM Chuck Meadows for speaking to #NLCAtlanta #NLCInstitute2018 for graduation. You are an exemplary son and citizen of our great city.


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This #NLCAtlanta journey has brought me closer to many people and NONE more precious and magical than Ashani. Congrats Sis on inspiring all of us by simply being wonderful, amazing, immaculate YOU!!! #AshaniStrong #Previval


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Service over Ambition ... I wrote this phrase in my #NewLeadersCouncil application. With my #NLCAtlanta experience I have gained a new skill set to put in motion my Ambition to Serve!


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As a founding member of the #AB67 and former Chair of @NPUYAtlanta I often envision the work I do similar to this picture. I stand guard on this walking trail to ensure that it doesn’t walk all over marginalized and uninformed Atlantans to its benefits and perils. Thanks to my friends and mentors for keeping me virtuous and principled in that charge!!!
@nathaniel.smith.754570 @andre4atlanta @chuckmeadows
#NPUYAtlanta #NLCAtlanta #FCSUrbanMinistries #HistoricSouthAtlanta #AtlantaBeltline


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Yesterday my @atlantabeltline family allowed me to bring my @nlcatlanta family to their new center for our final day & Capstone presentations. Somewhere along the way one of our gifted fellows @malcolmphelan started snapping pictures of us. This was pretty much my face the entire day and I LOVED every minute of it!!! #NLCInstitute2018 #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily ... more to come.


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“Progressives must not allow their ideological opponents to claim to be ‘more’ American than them.” Great advice from a great man + great friend. Thanks Atlanta Post 3 At Large Councilperson Andre Dickens @andre4atlanta for always supporting #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute2018.


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Please join NLC Atlanta Board of Directors and Alumni as we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2018 NLC Atlanta Fellows!

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

This event is Open to the Public!

Tickets: http://atlanta.newleaderscouncil.org/2018_fellows_graduation

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute #Graduation


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There’s nothing like spending the FIRST gorgeous Saturday in ATL in ages inside training Atlanta’s next crop of progressive leaders. #NLCInADay #NLCAtlanta


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Alexis Peeper officially ended her journey with Oklahoma FCCLA at Joint Council Meeting. We are so proud of her and can’t wait to see her and the NEC shine at National Conference in Atlanta! Drummond FCCLA is extremely excited to see Bella Cutruzzula begin her State Officer journey at Joint Meeting over the last two days. The new State Executive Council is ready to make a difference and serve the members of this great state! #fccla #okfccla #journey #beginning #stateofficers #nlcatlanta


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It’s always a blessing to be able to interact with our “heroes among us”. Rep Scott Holcomb is the champion of GA’s Rape Kit Bill, a veteran, a lawyer, a husband, a father and a Great Man. THANK YOU for speaking to #NLCAtlantaInstitute2018 #NLCAtlanta this morning!!!!


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To be able to bring my loves together gives me all the feels. This morning I was honored to speak to #NLCAtlantaInstitute2018 #NLCAtlanta about @fcsministries at their space in #HistoricSouthAtlanta (my neighborhood). Thank you for the opportunity!!!!


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Meet the Fellows - Brandi Wyche, Manager, PwC

You can support Brandi's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Brandi Wyche is a Strategy, Innovation, and Communications consultant for PwC's Public Sector practice. In this role, she advises federal government agencies in identifying strategic and innovative ways to solve and manage complex technological and operational efficiency issues. Connecting government agencies and private sector firms to work to identify cutting-edge, common-ground solutions to issues that affect the health and well-being of American citizens is what Brandi enjoys most about her career. Her areas of focus include marketing and customer strategy, emerging technology and innovation, and project and portfolio management.

In addition to her professional demands, Brandi has a passion for community advocacy and civic engagement. She currently serves her community by mentoring teens and girls through Girls Inc. and promoting youth education through Junior Achievement. Brandi is also a member of The Junior League of Atlanta and serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Board of United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Brandi earned her MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where she served as a Goizueta Leadership Fellow, and her Bachelor's from Georgia Institute of Technology. A Georgia girl, born and raised, Brandi loves to spend her free time travelling internationally, reading NYT bestsellers, and watching football on Sunday afternoons.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute


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God blesses some of us with siblings and others with “family”. Although we are not related by blood this woman has been my sister in friendship, service and silliness going on 17 years. #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily #RedClayDems #AB67 #VAtotheA


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Wouldn’t have wanted to spend the last year representing South Dakota FCCLA with anybody else!
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Less than 70 days until #NLCAtlanta - where we pass on our offices to the next NEC♥️


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Meet the Fellows - Joey Wozniak, Co-founder, Managing Partner, Mile 22 Associates.

You can support Joey's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Growing up in rural middle Georgia, Joey Wozniak rode the bus after school everyday to his mother’s classroom trailer - making it in time for the last 30 minutes of her Civics and Government course for well over a decade. Even though he spent the majority of his time in her class drinking Capri Suns and doodling on Paint, he was ingrained with a passion for active civic participation and improving our democratic experience. Joey graduated from Mercer University in 2015, where he served as Student Government President during his Junior year. Immediately after college, Joey launched the first Division 1 Conference Championship for Voter Participation, SoCon Votes, and joined forces with Sam Novey to launch their company, Mile 22 Associates, and quickly partnered with the Foundation for Civic Leadership to help replicate this concept. Since then, the Big Ten Voting Challenge has launched, with many more challenges on the way.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute


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Meet the Fellows - Jenelle Wingfield, Academic Program Coordinator (Magnet & IB Coordinator), Fulton County Schools

You can support Jenelle's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Jenelle currently serves as the Coordinator of both the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Magnet Program and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program®️ (DP) at Westlake High School in the South Learning Community of Fulton County Public Schools. During her time at Westlake, Jenelle led the three-year application process to implement the IB DP. As the coordinator of two rigorous academic programs, Jenelle directly impacts the education experience for over 400 students each year, serving as a mentor and academic adviser. In addition to her work with the students, Jenelle coaches and delivers professional development to the teachers in her programs. She also consults with the parent booster organization and community professionals to provide a holistic educational experience for the magnet students.

Jenelle began her educational career in the Atlanta Public School System where she taught Engineering classes in the Center for Engineering and Applied Technology (CFEAT) Magnet Program at her alma mater, Frederick Douglass High School. Jenelle transferred to Gwinnett County Public Schools and began teaching a variety of technology courses that included Engineering, Architecture, and Cisco Networking. Jenelle’s architecture expertise earned her the privilege of serving as the software trainer for all high school technology teachers as well as an advisor during the feasibility study for the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology. During Jenelle’s final years in Gwinnett, she transitioned to mathematics education. After just one year of teaching, Jenelle was asked to serve as the Curriculum Leader due to her student’s exceptional test scores on the state exam.

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Meet the Fellows - Chris Thomas, Franchisee Sourcing Consultant, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

You can support Chris' development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Chris Thomas is currently serving as Franchisee Sourcing Consultant for Chick-fil-A, Inc. at their Corporate Headquarters. In this role, Chris is responsible for helping to source, select, and manage an applicant pool of candidates to become Chick-fil-A Operator/Franchisees of restaurant units across the U.S. Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Chris had more than 14 years of sales, marketing, and talent acquisition experience. Most recently Chris served as Vice President of Brand Origination for GE Capital – Franchise Finance. In addition to various sales/marketing roles with GE, Chris was also Global Recruiting Director for GE’s Experienced Commercial Leadership Program, recruiting and selecting mid-career professionals for the global leadership program.

Prior to joining GE, Chris was a sales and marketing representative for NVR, Inc., a national residential homebuilder. In addition, Chris has worked with Hecht’s department stores in its buying office, with PNC in both real estate finance and capital market roles, and with MBNA/Bank of America in its credit card collections unit.

Chris currently serves as the Board Chair of Next Generation Men/Women, Inc., an Atlanta-based non-profit focused on bringing college and career readiness to life through exposure and support to college to high school students across Metro Atlanta.

Chris is now the Founding President of the Atlanta chapter of Penn State’s African American Alumni Organization (AAAO), an alumni interest group of the Penn State Alumni Association. Chris previously served as an elected member of the Penn State’ Alumni Council for a three-year term. Chris also served two terms on the board for the Smeal MBA Advisory Board, where he drove initiatives to enhance the program and mentor students.

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Meet the Fellows - Bithia Ratnasamy, Housing Policy Specialist, Georgia Department of Community Affairs

You can support Bithia's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Bithia Ratnasamy is committed to advancing equity through amplifying marginalized voices and advocating for more inclusive policies. Currently she is serving as a Housing Policy Specialist in the Office of Housing Deputy Commissioner Carmen Chubb at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In this role, Bithia is working to increase affordable and quality housing opportunities for Georgians across the state.

Bithia began her career as an intern with Charis Community Housing in historic South Atlanta. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and development from Ball State University, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City of Phoenix. As a VISTA, she developed the Department of Planning’s model for inclusive community outreach and ensured that historically disenfranchised communities’ voices were reflected in PlanPHX, the city’s twenty-year comprehensive plan. Bithia continued advocating for the needs of Phoenix residents as a staffer in the Office of Councilmember Daniel Valenzuela, who represents Phoenix’s most diverse district. In addition to managing community outreach efforts and constituent services, she advised Councilmember Valenzuela on housing, planning, community health, and transportation policy and programs. Bithia then received her master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, she co-chaired the Multicultural Leadership Council, a coalition of graduate student organizations serving and advocating for students of color, and was the Political Action Co-Chair for Students of Color of Rackham, the University of Michigan’s graduate school.
In her free time, Bithia enjoys sharing her love of cities through photography and social media.

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Meet the Fellows - Pallavi Purkayastha, State Director, Kingmaker Strategies
You can support Pallavi's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Born in India, Pallavi moved to Atlanta with her family in 2000. A few months after being naturalized, she ventured into her first political campaign as a volunteer for Michelle Nunn for Senate. After the 2014 midterm elections, she joined the Democratic Party of Georgia’s field program, where she honed her skills in fundraising and voter outreach. Last November, Pallavi served as the Field Director for Representative Sam Park, who defeated a three-term incumbent to become the first progressive Asian-American to serve in Georgia's General Assembly. She currently serves as Chief of Staff to Representative David Dreyer and Campaign Manager to Georgia House 89 candidate, Bee Nguyen. She also serves on the Board of Governors of Red Clay Democrats, a political action committee dedicated to electing progressives in the state and local level. She recently joined Kingmaker Strategies, a Memphis based political consulting firm, and helped expand them to Georgia. As Director of Strategy, she looks forward to actualizing its mission to empower community champions running for public office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs.

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Meet the Fellows - Malcolm Phelan, Campaign Manager, Miller for Georgia

You can support Malcolm's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Malcolm Phelan is a campaign manager with experience in both local and statewide elections. His work is centered around a belief in the power of grassroots organizing supported by data-driven operations. He is currently managing Lindy Miller’s campaign for Georgia Public Service Commissioner in 2018.

Before entering politics, Malcolm worked with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, followed by Dropbox in San Francisco. He developed a background in strategy and operations, and later, product development. Then, due to his Irish roots and interest in workforce development, he founded Venture for Ireland, a non-profit focused on building talent pipelines between international tech and startup communities. The organization was granted funding by the Irish and U.S. governments.

In addition to his work in politics, Malcolm seeks opportunities to deepen his understanding of systemic inequalities and engage with communities around him. He helped develop housing policy as a Research Fellow for Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Indiana and later served on the Equity Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco.

Malcolm graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, where he received the Leadership Award from the Glynn Family Honors Program. He is an Eagle Scout and trained as a Wilderness EMT.

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Meet the Fellows - Ashani O'Mard, Senior Director, Capital Development, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership

You can support Ashani's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Ms. Ashani Collins O’Mard currently serves as Senior Director of Capital Development for the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc. (“ANDP”) where her responsibilities include developing and implementing ANDP’s master fundraising plan and overseeing the ANDP Loan Fund. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Ms. O’Mard gained extensive experience in affordable housing development while working with private developers in Cincinnati, OH (The Model Group) and Boston, MA (Trinity Financial). As a Project Manager, she worked on mixed use developments from inception to completion and partnered with community groups and public agencies through the public approvals process.

Ms. O’Mard currently serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board as a Programming co-chair. She also serves on the boards of the Beltline67 – the Young Professional Advisory Board of the Atlanta Beltline Partnership, Inc. – and the Atlanta Public Schools’ Homeless Education Advisory Board. Ms. O’Mard is a member of the Grove Park Foundation’s Housing Development Committee and serves on an advisory committee of the Georgia Social Impact Collaborative. Ms. O’Mard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from Harvard University.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute


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Meet the Fellows - Azhar Mithaiwala, Senior Consultant, Piedmont Healthcare

You can support Azhar's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Azhar is an Atlanta native with a B.S in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was granted highest leadership honors by being inducted into the ANAK Society. Since graduating over 8 years ago, Azhar has worked as an IT consultant for Accenture, a Lab Automation Sales Consultant for Beckman Coulter, a Sales Manager for a Silicon Valley based Health Analytics start up (Viewics), and most recently joining Piedmont Hospital System as a Process Improvement Consultant in the Quality Department. Professionally, Azhar is very passionate about innovating in the Hospital Market but specifically in Health IT.

Azhar is also an Alum of Dar-un-Noor Academy (the oldest private Muslim K-8 school in the SE, USA) where he is still involved as the Current Alumni Organization President (after establishing it a few years ago). Nationally, Azhar has served at the Executive Level with Muslim Organizations such as MUPPIES ( Muslim Urban Professionals) where he was the Annual Conference Chair (after helping to establish this event the prior year) as well as AMHP (American Muslim Health Professionals) where he was the Development Chair. Azhar also helped establish Atlanta Chapters for both of these organizations. He is also a fellow at the Center for Religious and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California ( American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute -AMCLI) and an interfaith leadership initiative fellow through Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem ( Muslim Leadership Initiative-MLI)

Azhar is a social entrepreneur at heart that likes giving back to his community as a way (among other things) to continue to sharpen his leadership skills. Azhar aspires to run for an elected office in the city of Atlanta and continue to advance personally, spiritually, politically, and professionally - lifting his Family, City, Community, and Religion along the way.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute


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Meet the Fellows - Brittany Marshall, Evaluation Fellow, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

You can support Brittany's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Dr. Brittany Marshall is an ORISE Evaluation Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Dr. Marshall provides evaluation technical assistance local and state health departments across the U.S. implementing HIV prevention programs targeting Black and Latino MSM and transgender persons. Previously, Dr. Marshall was a member of the second class of the CDC Public Health Associate Program (PHAP), one of CDC’s most highly competitive fellowship programs for early career professionals, and later conducted HIV surveillance at the Florida Department of Health and at the Ministry of Health in Belize.

Dr. Marshall has held leadership positions across public health, most notably the American Public Health Association (APHA). Her journey started in the APHA affiliate in Florida; championing health equity, supporting access to health and improving the public health infrastructure on a grassroots level. Soon after, Dr. Marshall became a leader in APHA’s Student Assembly and mobilized the largest public health student group in the world to advocate for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and grant funding for health departments across the nation. Dr. Marshall was elected the Chair of the Student Assembly, overseeing 13 committees and engaging 7,500 members. Dr. Marshall was the first African American to hold this position, and the first student in the 140 year history of APHA to have a voting position on the Executive board.

Dr. Marshall received her Bachelor in Health Education from the University of Florida, Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida, and Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. A West Palm Beach, Florida native, in her spare time, Dr. Marshall is an avid makeup collector and enjoys trying out new recipes while entertaining family and friends.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassof2018 #NLCFamily #NLCInstitute


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A few shots from a good morning with my @nlcatlanta Family. #nlc #nlcatlanta #trayfor39


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Good to connect with the @nlcatlanta alumni! #NLCAtlanta #nlcfamily


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Thanks to everyone who attended NLC Day at the Capitol! We are grateful to our speakers Rep. Renitta Shannon, Rep. Scott Holcomb, Rep. Bee Nguyen, Rep. Erica Thomas and Kenyette Barnes for sharing with the group. And shout out to Nse Ufot (NLC Class of 2016) for planning the event! #NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily


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This woman is a #WorldWonder. Nse Ufot @isayword and #TheNewGeorgiaProject are going to help turn Ga Purple then Blue!!! Thank you for organizing #NLCAtlanta #NLCDATC.


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Always good to hang out with the @nlcatlanta family and the New Georgia Project putting in the legwork to create legislative change! #NLCAtlanta #nlcfamily #thegolddome


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I’d like to thank my #NLCAtlanta Co-Director @allie_kayh for holding down our “Day at the Capital” event while I was caught up at work. You may see my face more often but this woman is irreplaceable and invaluable to what WE do.


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Day 2 of March #NLCInstitute at Atlanta City Hall! This weekend focused on economics, entrepreneurship, finance, and Fundraising. #NLC #NLCAtlanta #nlcatlantaclassof2018 #nlcfamily


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When one wants to put together a panel on entrepreneurial ecosystems in Atlanta I’m not certain they could do any better than these people. Thank You Charlton Cunningham @charlton_87 , Joe Womack (#BetaNu #LineBrother) @joey.digital & Ryan Wilson @spotonrw @atlgathers for supporting #NLCClassof2018 #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily today!!!


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Friendship transcends Success but it’s still great to see your friends prosper. Thank You to My Friend Howard Franklin @iruncampaigns for blessing #NLCClassof2018 #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily with his insights on why the time to run is NOW.
PS - this man has the smartest baby I’ve ever seen


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It always makes me smile when I think of how my brother @ebbieparsons went from the “Phone Card Man” on the Set at #FAMU to a CEO. Thank You Sir for blessing #NLCClassof2018 #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily with your insights and your story today.


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Meet the Fellows - Tony Lucadamo, Policy Consultant, Obelisk Strategies.

You can support Tony's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Tony has a passion for policy and politics, which dates back to his first campaign - knocking doors and licking stamps as a high school student. He recently returned to his native Atlanta, where he joined a public affairs consulting firm. He served as Policy Director for Peter Aman's campaign for mayor in 2017. He is an active member in YDATL as well as serving on the Board of Governors for the Red Clay Democrats. He began his career on Capitol Hill, working as a Foreign Affairs and National Defense Fellow before moving on to become a Field Organizer for President Obama's 2012 re-elect. Tony then spent three years in Virginia as the Lead Policy Analyst at the Miller Center, a university-based think tank. He ran Wes Bellamy's successful bid for Vice Mayor of Charlottesville in 2015. He served as Vice Chair for the city's Democratic Executive Committee as well as being appointed by City Council to its Economic Development Authority. In all, he has managed or consulted nine campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. Tony received his Bachelor's in Economics and International Affairs from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Virginia.

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Meet the Fellows - Jonathan Smith Leon, Director Regional Impact - Georgia, Leadership for Educational Equity

You can support Jonathan's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Jonathan is a father, husband, and community advocate working everyday to change laws and policies so every child has access to opportunity. As a nonprofit leader, educator, and civic engagement specialist, he currently serves as the Director of Regional Impact with Leadership for Educational Equity in Georgia. A Rochester, NY, native, Jonathan credits his upbringing and commitment to civic engagement to the values instilled by his family and particularly his grandfather a local pastor in the community.

Jonathan moved to Atlanta in 2011 after graduating from Syracuse University with BA in Political Science, African American Studies, and Religion. As a Teach for America Corps Member, Jonathan served in Atlanta Public Schools as an elementary teacher. During his classroom and school leadership experience, Jonathan graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s in Teaching, was a community organizer, sports coach, and mentor. Jonathan is expecting his Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 2018.

As an active and engaged community member, Jonathan has organized teachers and families as a leader with O.N.E. Atlanta. He is also a board member of the BE Gr8 Foundation, based in New York City, and Senior Eats Atlanta, a local nonprofit dedicated to ensuring senior citizens have access to healthy and affordable food options. In addition, Jonathan serves on the board of Young Democrats of Atlanta and works with South Fulton Democrats.

An active brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., when he is not engaging communities or organizing he is traveling, working out, and enjoying time with his son Jayden and wife Breonna.
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Meet the Fellows - Munmun Khan, Presidential Management Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

You can support Munmun's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Munmun A. Khan, MPH, is a Presidential Management Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the Agency, she works with senior leadership in the Office of Appropriations, and National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, on Congressional relations, budget formulation, and strategy. She is passionate about addressing gaps to health equity through policy and sustainable partnership across all sectors.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her Master of Public Health and Global Health; and her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and Community Action and Social Change. She has studied and worked on human trafficking in Ethiopia and primary education for marginalized children in Bangladesh. Her work on the first urban health equity assessment of Detroit, which examined social determinants of health at the neighborhood level, received the first place award at the Detroit Mayor’s Health Equity Summit, and was published in an academic journal.

A native of Detroit and daughter of immigrants from Bangladesh, she is committed to ensuring we all have the resources to realize our greatest potential and build strong communities. Munmun is an alumna of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program; she currently serves on the executive board of the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association. During her free time, she enjoys live music, kickboxing, and trying new food.

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#NLCAtlanta is pleased to invite you and your friends to our annual #NLC Atlanta Day at the Capitol, this Monday, March 19th, 9am-12pm! We are meeting in room 514 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.
Come learn about current initiatives in Georgia and see the General Assembly in action, featuring special guests, Kenyatta Tisha Barnes of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, Georgia Senator Emanuel Jones, and State Representative Renitta Shannon.
RSVP HERE: http://atlanta.newleaderscouncil.org/datc2018


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Meet the Fellows - Samaad Keys, Strategist, UNCF.

You can support Samaad’s development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Dr. Samaad Wes Keys serves as the Strategist for the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative (CPI). Samaad manages all facets of the CPI, a $50 million grant-funded initiative of the Lilly Endowment. Through strategic grant administration, Samaad works with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) to advance transformational change through the integration of student success-centered and career-building opportunities with the undergraduate liberal arts experience. The aim of the work is to support curricular enhancement that will lead to improved institutional and employment outcomes for all students.

Samaad previously worked at Achieving the Dream (ATD), where he served as the director of equity & network engagement. In this role, he Managed ATD’s programs and policy agenda and worked with community college presidents and administration to build institutional capacity in the following areas to increase student success: 1) Leadership & Vision, 2) Data & Technology; 3) Equity; 4) Teaching & Learning; 5) Engagement & Communication; 6) Strategy & Planning; and 7) Policies & Practice.

Prior to ATD he served as the program assistant at both the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Office for Access and Success and the Southern Education Foundation. In both these roles, he had an opportunity to develop and implement research agendas and programmatic efforts that increased the capacity of our nation’s Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). He also served as a high school teacher and case manager at Chamblee High School in Dekalb County, Georgia which he credits with sparking his interest in higher education sector.

Samaad earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia; master of arts in education from Central Michigan University; and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Morehouse College.

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Meet the Fellows - Mamie Harper, School Social Worker, Atlanta Heights Charter School

You can support Mamie's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Mamie is a self-proclaimed 'Champion of Children'. This year she celebrates her 10th year in child welfare and mental health. With experiences ranging from DFCS, therapeutic care, to the public and charter school setting Mamie holds the personal belief that ""No child should ever look like the trauma they have endured."" While operating with this belief, in late 2015 Mamie stretched her entrepreneurial ambition to establish one of Atlanta's first mobile clothing closets for foster care youth called Carrie's Closet. Currently she works with partnering agencies to service Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb, and surrounding counties to provide gently used clothing for foster children in need.

Mamie is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and declared her membership by way of the Zeta Psi Chapter at the University of Georgia. She then received her masters degree from Florida State University shortly thereafter. While she supports her Noles dearly, her heart will forever be between the hedges chanting with pride, ""Go Dawgs!"" In her free time, Mamie loves visiting her hometown of Columbus, GA and watching her Dawgs play. She thoroughly enjoys leading her Junior Girl Scout Troop, serving as Drama Club Advisor to a wonderful group of pre-teens, and teaching Sunday school. However being an active Auntie to Addison and Desmond and Godmommy to Bryson offers her irreplaceable joy. The joy she sees on their faces inspires her work daily to see that same joy on faces of the Georgia's children.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassOf2018 #NLCFamily


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Meet the Fellows - Farah Gulaid, Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology, Emory School of Medicine

You can support Farah's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Dr. Farah Gulaid is a clinical optometrist at Emory Eye Center as part of the medical/surgical care team with an emphasis on glaucoma.

She earned her optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and followed that education with a residency program at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. During her residency, she completed a five-month clinical rotation at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, in addition to working with several private practices in retina and glaucoma management.

Farah is passionate about her work with Lions Club’s Lion in Sight program, where she provides vision screenings for adult and pediatric patients locally and globally. Her work with LIS has included volunteering with a group of providers to care for thousands of patients in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Ghana.

In Atlanta, she helps medical students administer vision exams to patients at the Clarkston Community center and is currently looking into the psychosocial impact of visual impairment in homeless populations. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassOf2018 #NLCFamily


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Meet the Fellows - Orane K. Douglas, Healthcare Advisory Associate, Grant Thornton

You can support Orane's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Orane Douglas is a Healthcare Advisory Consultant with Grant Thornton. In this role, his focus is on helping healthcare organizations better achieve their strategic goals and on increasing the efficiency of their processes. Prior to his position at Grant Thornton, Orane spent three years working with Northside Hospital in the Oncology clinical research field, where he collaborated with healthcare leaders, pharmaceutical companies, compliance departments, and contract research organizations to improve patient access to Phase 1-4 clinical trials in the community hospital setting.

Additionally, Orane has spent the past two years working with the international healthcare non-profit, Caring Hub, to expand the reach of services of the group’s annual international mission. During its most recent mission trip, Caring Hub donated medical supplies valued at more than $100,000 and saw more than 250 patients. With these donations and other support from Caring Hub, one of the hospitals in Jamaica was able to open another surgical theater. He is a Board Member and Vice-chair of the Board of Tailor Made Leadership Academy, a non-profit committed to improving the outcome factors of young minority men.

Orane is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health and Emory University, where he obtained his Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management. A native of Jamaica, Orane enjoys traveling internationally, running, and volunteering locally with groups such as Junior Achievement and Open Hands Atlanta.
#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassOf2018 #NLCFamily


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Meet the Fellows - Melissa Brogdon, Director of Development and Communications, Emmaus House

You can support Melissa's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Melissa is passionate about connecting people and organizations with the resources they need and has used her ‘matchmaking’ skills for the last 10 years as a relationship manager, researcher, and fundraiser. Currently, Melissa serves as the Director of Development and Communications at Emmaus House, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta that provides vital programs and services that directly address the staggering prevalence of poverty in the Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta.

Melissa most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Spelman College where she designed a student-giving program that earned the 2016 Special Merit Award for Best Practices in Fundraising from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District III. Melissa is passionate about digital fundraising strategies and has generated over half a million dollars in online giving for social impact organizations in Atlanta.
A gifted public speaker, Melissa also enjoys growing the potential of others through training, notably earning the Stellar Speaker distinction from CASE, District III in 2016 and 2017.

Melissa is most proud of her work as President and Co-Founder of The Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc., Atlanta Chapter. Under her leadership, the chapter has raised more than $20,000 to “Share the Joy of Christmas” with nearly 200 Atlanta children in partnership with organizations such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, KIPP Ways Academy, and Raising Expectations. The organization has also donated over 400 books to KIPP WAYS Academy.

An avid volunteer, Melissa currently serves on the Board of Directors for ArtsATL and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Atlanta Chapter and is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Spelman College before graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. #NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCFamily


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Meet the Fellows - Gino Brogdon, Owner and Trial Attorney, The Brogdon Firm, LLC

You can support Gino's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Gino is a trial attorney who brings a variety of civil litigation cases to resolution through his firm, The Brogdon Firm, LLC. Gino represents both businesses in contract disputes and plaintiff’s in catastrophic injury cases. His passion for justice leads him to try cases all over the State of Georgia. Gino has received a number of awards since his initial success with The Brogdon Firm including induction into The National Black Lawyers’ Top 100 Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 and he has been selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2017 and 2018. In addition to managing his practice, Gino is a mediator at Miles Mediation the #1 mediation firm in Georgia where he is a proud member of Greg Parent’s team.

Gino’s diverse professional experiences include service to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Major Crimes division, Athens-Clarke County Public Defender's Office, Clerk for the Honorable Steve Jones and The Barnes Law Group. Most recently, Gino served as an associate at The Cochran Firm Atlanta.

Gino has served the legal community via multiple organizations including the executive board for Gate City Bar Association and the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also a member of the Atlanta Citizen’s Review Board, which reviews citizen complaints against Atlanta Police Department officers. This gives him a unique insight into mediating and litigating civil rights cases and other officer involved premises liability cases.

Gino is passionate about mentorship and serves with several outreach organizations including the Fulton County Youth leadership Academy for Boys as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Gino also is a member of 2016 LEAD Atlanta class and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s LEAD program Class of 2016. Gino is an Atlanta native who graduated from Morehouse College before completing his education at the University of Georgia, School of Law.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassOf2018 #NLCFamily


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Meet the Fellows - Yterenickia Bell, Mental Health Professional, Correct Care Solutions

You can support Yterenickia's development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Yterenickia (YT) Bell, a native of Washington County, Georgia, but has resided in the Atlanta Metropolitan area for ten years. She is currently employed at Rockdale County Jail and Gwinnett Comprehensive Work Camp/Prison as a Mental Health Professional. In this role, she conducts behavioral health evaluations, special need interventions, and discharge planning for vulnerable populations. She has over seven years of public policy, advocacy, and direct service experience working with an array of populations, including homeless youth, incarcerated individuals, and mentally ill individuals. She is a three-time graduate of Georgia State University, where she holds a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Political Science, as well as a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and Planning. YT is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Georgia County and City Management Association, National Forum of Black Public Administrators, and a board member for Our Future Generation, Inc. YT has strong analytical research, advocacy, and policy knowledge with a true passion for people.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassOf2018 #NLCFamily


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Meet the Fellows - Mercedes Ball, Attorney, DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center.

You can support Mercedes' development as an NLC Fellow by donating at https://atlanta.nationbuilder.com/2018_ctc

Mercedes G. Ball is an Attorney at the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center where she holistically represents the interests of children that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected in civil court proceedings, mediations, panels, and administrative hearings. Prior to her time with DeKalb, Mercedes was a Lead Trial Attorney at a boutique metro-Atlanta law firm where she exclusively represented indigent individuals in criminal proceedings.

Mercedes is driven by a commitment to improve her community through service. She volunteers as the Executive Director of the Sister2Sister Mentoring Program, a DeKalb and Fulton County Juvenile Court diversion program that focuses on developing vulnerable teen girls into responsible young women. In this capacity, Mercedes is responsible for determining the program’s strategic goals and objectives, overseeing the execution of program services and outreach efforts, and preparing and managing program budgets. Mercedes is also an active member of the Junior League of DeKalb where she serves as the Chair of the Community Projects Committee. Additionally, Mercedes is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys Foundation, Incorporated, and a 2017 graduate of Emerging Leaders of DeKalb.

Mercedes earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science, cum laude, from Spelman College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. In her spare time, Mercedes enjoys baking, traveling, attending concerts, and spending time with loved ones.

#NLC #NLCAtlanta #NLCAtlantaClassOf2018 #NLCFamily


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Had to stop by new @chickfila and see my man @springsintoaction. #nlcatlanta @nlcatlanta #nlcfamily


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Historic Westside will never be the same after today.

Grand morning celebrating the new owner operator @springsintoaction at the grand opening of the @cfa_vinecity location. So proud and happy for you and Rachel!

#eatmorechicken #nlcatlanta #celebratefriends #westsideisthebestside


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I hugged this man, lingered a bit and told him in his ear “I couldn’t imagine a person more perfectly suited and deserving of this honor.” Congrats to my friend Quincy @springsintoaction on the opening of his very own Chick Fil-A franchise in Atlanta’s Vine City. #NLCAtlanta #AB67


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This photo was taken right after I found out that my son’s second grader teacher was also a #NewLeadersCouncil alum! I had so much fun attending this year’s @NLCAtlanta Holiday Party with some of my favorite progressives in #Atlanta! 🎄 #NLCAtlanta #SojournerMarableGrimmett #SojournerRuth


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Decking the halls with my #NLCAtlanta family!

#HolidayParty #PartyHopping
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As an only child you collect siblings. I am so proud to have picked up this Lil’ Sista along the way. Happy 30th Ashley Nealy!!!! #NLCAtlanta #PhiSkee


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@nlcatlanta and Outstanding Atlanta Love! #NLCAtlanta #outstandingatlanta


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Shout out to these handsome men for just being the men you are. The examples of Leadership that the Atlanta region needs 🤗#nlcatlanta #MenOfNLCAtl


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Applications for the #NLCClassof2018 Close tomorrow! Get your application in today! newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/2018application #NLCInstitute #NLC #NLCAtlanta


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Shout out to our wonderful leadership panel at tonight's information session for the #NLCAtlanta Class of 2018! #TheTimeIsNow #NLC #NLCClassof2018


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New Leaders Council (NLC) is currently accepting applications for the 2018 NLC Institute! NLC Class of 2018 applications can be found here:
https://newleaderscouncil.nationbuilder.com/2018application. Please join us on August 29, 2017 to learn more about NLC, the application process, and to network with fellow Atlanta Progressives. #NLCAtlanta #NewLeadersCouncil #Atlanta


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@nlcatlanta is always well represented when there is a productive conversation about making our city better and building bridges.#ProjectUnderstanding2017 #NLCAtlanta


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When your first cousin is in town for #NetRoots #NN17 and he stops by your #NLCAtlanta Happy Hour. #FamilyReunion


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@Regrann from @brokelawyer - About last night with the @nlcatlanta family! #millenialcompact #NLCAtlanta #nlcfamily2017 photocred: @mrikon1906 - #regrann


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