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Georgia's 100 Most Influential Women 2015

The 100 women who, in the opinion of the staff of The Informer, are the most influential women in Georgia for the year 2015 are listed on these pages. This list resulted from informal polling across Georgia to receive nominations and a meeting of the staff where the merits of the numerous nominees were discussed.

During the deliberations, the staff had these criteria in mind: Does the individual’s position command widespread influence among people of the state? Do the individual’s decision-making activities affect the lives, thinking, and actions of large segments of the state’s population? Does the individual head an organization which greatly influences people statewide or whose members are traditionally influential in their communities? Is the individual significantly influential among those who hold positions in which their policies directly affect the lives of large numbers of people?

We believe all of these women meet these criteria; however we welcome your comments and any suggestions.

stacey abrams

Stacey Abrams
Minority Leader Georgia House of Representatives

stacey abrams

Debbie Alford
President /CEO Georgia Lottery

stacey abrams

Tina McElroy Ansa
Novelist, Filmmaker

stacey abrams

Cheryl Bachelber
CEO AFC Enterprises

juanita baranco

Juanita Baranco
Exec. VP and Chief Operating Officer Of Baranco Automotive Group

anne barnes

Anne Elizabeth Barnes
Judge For Georgia Court of Appeals

stacey abrams

Sally Bethea
Director Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

stacey abrams

Lisa Borders
President Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation

stacey abrams

Elizabeth Branch
Georgia Court of Appeals

helen butler

Suzanne Burnes
Executive Director Sustainable Atlanta

helen butler

Helen Butler
Exec. Dir. Coalition For The People’s Agenda

helen butler

Ella Carter
Macon-Bibb County School Board

helen butler

Rosalynn Carter
Former First Lady

helen butler

Katina Clay
Citizen Advocacy State Coordinator

xernona clayton

Xernona Clayton
Executive Producer of the Trumpet Awards

shan cooper

Pearl Cleage
Novelist, Play Write

shan cooper

Shan Cooper
General Manager Lockhead Martin

emily davis

Gretchen Corbin
Commissioner Georgia Department of Community Affairs

emily davis

Cathy Cox
President Young Harris College

emily davis

Emily Davis
Baldwin County Commissioner

emily davis

Gail Davonport
Georgia State Senator

Margaret DeFrancisco

Dr. Nancy Dennard
Member of the Quitman 10 + 2

Margaret DeFrancisco

Nancy Denson
Mayor of Athens, Georgia

Margaret DeFrancisco

Dr. Thelma Dillard
Bibb County Board of Education

Shirley Franklin

Dr. Cheryl Dozier
President Savannah State University

Shirley Franklin

Shirley Franklin
Former Atlanta Mayor

Shirley Franklin

Grace Fricks
President/CEO Access Capital For Entreprenuers

Shirley Franklin

Lillie Gant-Evans
Owner of M.A. Evans Academy

Shirley Franklin

Sharon Gay
Partner - McKenna, Long, and Aldridge

Shirley Franklin

Helene Gayle
President/CEO of CARE USA

Shirley Franklin

Amy Glennon
Publisher Atlanta Journal Constitution

Shirley Franklin

Dee Dawkins Haigler
Georgia State Representative

Shirley Franklin

Emma Gresham
Former Mayor of Keysville

Shirley Franklin

Rebecca Grist
Macon-Bibb County Solicitor General

Shirley Franklin

Collette Gunby
Pastor of Green Pastures Christian Ministries

Dorothy Hubbard

Cynthia Hale
Pastor of Ray of Hope

Dorothy Hubbard

Sara Harris
Probate Judge Macon-Bibb County

Dorothy Hubbard

Dr. Sharon Hill
Georgia State Director DFCS

Dorothy Hubbard

Helen Kim Ho
Executive Director Asian American Asian Advocacy Center

Dorothy Hubbard

Tricia Hoffier
Partner Edmond and Lyndsay LLP

Dorothy Hubbard

Dorothy Hubbard
Mayor of Albany, Georgia

Carol W. Hunstein

Carol W. Hunstein
Georgia State Supreme Court Justice

Donna W. Hyland

Donna Hyland
President/CEO of Children Healthcare Atlanta

Donna W. Hyland

Edna Jackson
Mayor of Savannah, Georgia

Donna W. Hyland

Dr. Bonita Jacobs
President University of North Georgia

Donna W. Hyland

Donzella James
Georgia State Senator

Barbara King

Elaine Johnson
Clerk Of Superior Court of Augusta

Barbara King

Sheryl Jolly
Superior Court Judge of Augusta

Barbara King

Elaine Johnson
Clerk Of Superior Court of Augusta

Barbara King

Rev. Barbara King
Pastor of Hillside Chapel & Truth Center

Bernice King

Rev. Bernice King
Head of the King Center in Atlanta

Dorothy Leland

Ruth Knox
President Wesleyan College

Elaine Lucas

Karen J. Lambert
President Payton Anderson Foundation

Elaine Lucas

Kelly Loeffler
Co-Owner and Co-Chair of Atlanta Dream

Elaine Lucas

Elaine Lucas
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner

Janice Mathis

Janice Mathis
Vice President Rainbow Push

Aimee R. Maxwell

Aimee R. Maxwell
Exec. Dir. of The Georgia Innocence Project

M. Yvette Miller

Kellie McIntyre
Solicitor General Augusta, Georgia

M. Yvette Miller

Cynthia McKinney
Former Georgia Congresswoman

M. Yvette Miller

Evie McNiece
Mayor of the City of Rome, Georgia

M. Yvette Miller

Penny McThee
President - Arthur Blank Family Foundation

M. Yvette Miller

M. Yvette Miller
Judge for State of Ga. Court of Appeals

Charlotte Nash

Hala Moddelmog
President - Metro Atlanta Chamber

Charlotte Nash

Felicia A. Moore
Atlanta City Council Woman

Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash
Chair Gwinett Co. Board of Commissioners

Charlotte Nash

Michelle Nunn
US Senate Candidate

Elisabeth Omilami

Suzanne Ockleberry
Past President of Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys

 

Elisabeth Omilami

Elisabeth Omilami
CEO of Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless

Miriam Paris

Nan Orrock
Georgia State Senator

Elisabeth Omilami

Madge Owens
Author

Elisabeth Omilami

Monica Pearson
Anchor of WSB-TV

Elisabeth Omilami

Starr Perdue
Chairman of the Board of Central Georgia Health Systems

Elisabeth Omilami

Nikki Randall
State Representative

Elisabeth Omilami

Bunny Jackson Ransom
President CEO of First Class Inc.

Elisabeth Omilami

Janie Reid
Commissioner of Putman County, Georgia

Elisabeth Omilami

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice
Executive Vice President And Dean at Morehouse School of Medicine

Elisabeth Omilami

Dr. Pamela Roshell
Regional Director of Region IV of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sylvia Russell

Sylvia Russell
President - AT&T Georgia, Atlanta

Rita Samuels

Rita Samuels
Exec. Dir. Georgia Coalition Of Black Women

Alexis Scott

Maria Saporta
Journalist Atlanta Business Chronicle

Alexis Scott

Ninfa Saunders
President/CEO of Central Georgia Health System

Alexis Scott

Alexis Scott
Publisher - Atlanta Daily News

Beverly A. Scott

Beverly A. Scott
Gen. Mgr./CEO - MARTA - Atlanta

Suzanne Sitherwood

Valencia Seay
Georgia State Senator

Suzanne Sitherwood

Freddie Powell Sims
Georgia State Senator

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Michelle Smith
Attorney

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Horacena Tate
Georgia State Senator

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
President of Spellman College

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Barbara Taylor
Author & Professor at Piedmont College

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Lee Thomas
Director of Georgia Film, Music and Digital

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

"Able" Mable Thomas
Georgia State Representative

Barbara Brown Taylor

Teresa Tomlinson
Mayor of Columbus, Georgia

Barbara Brown Taylor

Sara Totonchi
Executive Director Southern Center for Human Rights

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey
Pulitzer Prize Poet and a Professor

Paula Wallace

Paula Wallace
President/Co-Founder
Savannah College of Art and Design

Brenda Wood

Dr. Wanda West
Macon-Bibb County School Board Member

Brenda Wood

Barbara Williams
Mayor Fort Valley, Georgia

Brenda Wood

Brenda Wood
Anchor for 11Alive News in Atlanta

Brenda Wood

Erica Woodford
Clerk of Superior Court - Macon-Bibb County

Sally Quillian Yates

Sally Quillian Yates
U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Georgia