Joshua Ryan Heard

Marketing Manager

Bachelor of Arts (AB) in International Affairs, Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Political Science

I currently provide operations support and lead special projects for AT&T’s wireless consumer business. I most recently served as the lead marketing manager for all marketing communications and operations for the state and local government wireless business segment.


AB, The University of Georgia 2007 Political Science & International Affairs

Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

I enjoy hiking, biking, running, geocaching and any opportunity to get outdoors

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

My most memorable moment as a SPIA student was probably my very first day in the Freshman College Summer Experience where, after walking out of Dr. Bullock’s class for the first time, I had an intense passion in knowing that this is what I wanted to study and an intense fear because I needed to read a 250 page Jimmy Carter biography in 24 hours. I still get excited thinking about what would lay ahead.

Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

I volunteer as an AT&T volunteer for Junior Achievement, as well as the City of Chamblee Parks and Recreation Department (where I formerly served as Board Member) and I volunteer with Keep Chamblee Beautiful, the Friends of Georgia State Parks and Habitat for Humanity

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

All my favorite Athens hangouts don’t exist anymore or shouldn’t make this list. My favorite* Athens hangouts were on the Oconee River, the Botanical Gardens and anywhere downtown.

The Broad River, lazy floating down the stream is the best way to spend a sweltering, humid summer day in Athens.

A Quotable Quote About My Spia Experience
SPIA is like family, a tight knit group of people hell bent on changing the world. Nothing compares to the passion and vision instilled in you by SPIA professors.