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The mission of the SPIA Alumni Board of Directors is to serve students and graduates of SPIA through its support of the School’s programs and activities in order to cultivate and encourage a continuing affiliation between and among graduates and the School.

The Board serves in a variety of ways, working on committees to host annual fundraising events like the Georgia Legislative Outlook, Federal Policy Outlook Series and Alumni Speaker Series which raise money for undergraduate study abroad scholarships, MPA student support, and additional funding priorities set annually by the dean. Alumni Board members are committed to participating in the UGA Mentor Program and some also serve on a mentoring committee to further connect alumni to students.

2022 SPIA Alumni Board of Directors Bylaws

To learn more about this organization or to get involved, contact 2023-24 Board Chair David Dove.

Below are the members of the 2023-2024 SPIA Alumni Board of Directors:

Francesca Amodeo (AB ’13)
Press Secretary
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen

Shallum Atkinson (AB ’17, ABJ ’17)
Senior Policy Advisor
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Alex Baker (AB ’07)
Location Investment Services at EY

Wyn Bellhouse IV (AB ’09)
Senior Trade Economist
Mowry and Grissom, PLLC

Betsy Bradfield (AB ’17)
Political Affairs Manager
Georgia Association of REALTORS

Bert Brantley (ABJ ’97, MPA ’05)
President and CEO
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

Leanna Brown (AB ’10, MIP ’12)
Vice President, Business Climate and Talent Development
Metro Atlanta Chamber

Jara Butler (AB ’08)
Chief Impact Officer
Supermajority Education Fund

Clayton Cox (AB ’10)
Vice President of Federal Affairs
McGuireWoods Consulting

David Dove (AB ’09, JD’ 14), Chair
Executive Counsel
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp

Jaren Dunning (MPA ’13, JD ’13)
Senior Counsel
Global Human Rights & Employment Law, PepsiCo, Inc.

Houston Gaines (AB ’17)
Affairs Client Advisor
Cannon Financial Institute

Vivian Greentree (ABJ ’00, AB ’01)
Senior Vice President
Head of Global Corporate Citizenship, Fiserv

Caulder Harvill-Childs (AB ’12)
Public Policy Manager

Rebecca Howell (AB ’13)
Senior Director
America Rising

Tamrat “Tim” Kassa (AB ’99)
Senior Project Manager

Josh Kivett (AB ’95)
Senior National Strategist
Majority Strategies

Jordan Layson (AB ’09), DC Liaison
Director, U.S. Government Affairs

Audrey Lewis (AB ’07, ABJ ’09, JD ’10)
Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun, and Rogers

Larissa Martinez (AB ’04, AB ’04), Vice-chair
Women’s Public Leadership Network

Taylor Murray (AB ’17), Secretary/Treasurer
Manager-Locations and Incentives Analysis
Maxis Advisors, A Foundry Commercial Company

Ronnie Kurtz (AB ’15, MPA ’15)
Director of Planning and Community Development
City of Grovetown, Georgia

Tyler Reinagel (MPA ’09, PhD ’09)
Associate Vice President for Economic Development
Kennesaw State University

Courtney N. Rhodes (AB ’05)
DEI Business Partner
Intuit Credit Karma

Miller Robinson (AB ’16)
Mercer University School of Law

Jessica Simmons (AB ’10)
Deputy CIO for Broadband and Special Projects
Georgia Technology Authority

Casey Tanner (MPA ’19)
Vice President for Government Relations
Kennesaw State University

Grant Thomas (AB ’15, MBA ’20), Past Chair (2021-22)
Director of Health Strategy and Coordination
Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp

Bob Trammell (AB ’96)
Managing Partner
Trammell Sams, LLC

Rob Underwood (AB ’06)
Energy Marketers of America

Sean Walker (MPA ’18)
Senior Director, Development
Semper Fi and America’s Fund