The SPIA Alumni Board Speaker Series features an hour of conversation with leaders in business and public service who bring local and global perspectives on public policy and the most pressing issues of the day. For those in-person events twice a year in Atlanta there will be casual networking and a continental breakfast preceding an engaging and interactive presentation on a variety of topics from the film industry and transportation in Georgia to the political climate in DC. There will also be two virtual events in the 2021-22 series season to continue the conversations with alumni regardless of geographic location.

If you have questions about the speaker series events or a suggestion for a topic or speaker, please contact Laura Bayne at


Check back for future speakers! The 2021-22 dates are as follows:

August 25th at 7:30am at Metro Atlanta Chamber

November 17th at 12:00pm via Zoom webinar

March 2nd at 12:00pm via Zoom webinar

April 27th at 7:30am at Metro Atlanta Chamber


Pat Wilson (AB ’96)

Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development

Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Governor Kemp

Ryan Loke (AB ’16)

Gwinnett Clinic VP/Primary Care Physician

Deep Shah (AB ’08, AB ’08), MD, MSc


Director, NCBDDD, Center for Disease Control

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP

moderated by

Tawny Waltz (AB ’10, MPA ’12)

Manager of Operations and Emergency Management

at Northside Hospital Gwinnett & Duluth

Tom Graves (BBA ’93)

Former U.S. Representative


Rob Woodall (JD’ 98)

Former U.S. Representative

moderated by

Nadgey Louis-Charles (BS ’14)

Communications Director for Congressman Drew Ferguson

Ambassador David Adelman (ABJ ’86)

Partner, Reed Smith, LLP

moderated by

Matthew R. Auer

Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs
Arch Professor of Public and International Affairs
Professor of Public Administration and Policy

Jim Galloway (ABJ ’77)


Tia Mitchell


Greg Bluestein (ABJ ’04, AB ’04)

Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Insiders

moderated by

Audrey Haynes (ABJ ’87, MA ’91)

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor;

Associate Professor of Political Science

Jason Carter (JD ’04)
Partner, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, Former State Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate

Chris Carr (BBA ’95, JD ’99)

Steve Mensch
President/General Manager of Studio Operations, Tyler Perry Studios


Ed Richardson
Founder & Managing Partner, Atlanta Metro Studios & 404 Studio Partners

Chris Tomlinson
Executive Director, State Road & Tollway Authority
Executive Director, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority