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Georgia's 50 Most Influential Women 2012

The 50 women who, in the opinion of the staff of the Georgia Informer, are the most influential women in Georgia for the year 2012 are listed. This list resulted from informal polling across Georgia to receive nominations and a meeting of the staff at which 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
House Minority Leader for Georgia

ceecee anderson

CeeCee Anderson
Women & Children Advocate

cheryl bachelder

Cheryl A. Bachelder
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

jaquelyn belcher

Jacquelyn M. Belcher
President of Georgia Perimeter College

gloria butler

Gloria Butler
State Senator

helen butler

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

xernona clayton

Xernona Clayton
Executive Producer of the Trumpet Awards

pearl cleage

Pearl Cleage
Novelist, Playwright

shan cooper

Shan Cooper
General Manager Lockhead Martin

cathy cox

Cathy Cox
President of Young Harris College

 

emily davis

Emily Davis
Baldwin County Commissioner

Margaret DeFrancisco

Margaret DeFrancisco
President Of The Georgia Lottery Corp.

Shirley Franklin

Shirley Franklin
Former Atlanta Mayor

Helene Gayle

Dr. Helene Gayle
President/CEO of CARE USA in Atlanta

Dorothy Hubbard

Dorothy Hubbard
Mayor of Albany, Georgia

Carol W. Hunstein

Carol W. Hunstein
Justice of the Supreme Court

Donna W. Hyland

Donna W. Hyland
President/CEO Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta

Donna W. Hyland

Edna Jackson
Mayor of Savannah, Georgia

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Ingrid Saunders Jones
Senior Vice President of Coca Cola

Jan Jones

Jan Jones
Speaker Pro Tempore
GA. House of Representatives

Juanita T. Jordan

Juanita T. Jordan
Exec. Dir. Of Payton Anderson Foundation

Monica Kaufman

Monica Kaufman
Anchor of WSB-TV

Gwen Keys

Gwen Keys
Regional Administrator for EPA

Barbara King

Rev. Barbara King
Pastor of Hillside Chapel & Truth Center

Bernice King

Rev. Bernice King
Associate Pastor of New Birth Baptist Church

Dorothy Leland

Dr. Dorothy Leland
President Georgia College & University

Elaine Lucas

Elaine Lucas
Macon City Council Member

Evelyn Lowery

Evelyn Lowery
President of Women SCLC

Janice Mathis

Janice Mathis
VP/Exec. Dir. of Rainbow Push

Aimee R. Maxwell

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

M. Yvette Miller

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

Felicia A. Moore

Felicia A. Moore
Atlanta City Council Woman

Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash
Chair Gwinett Co. Board of Commissioners

Elisabeth Omilami

Elisabeth Omilami
CEO of Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless

Miriam Paris

Miriam Paris
President Macon City Council

Miriam Paris

Nikki Randall
Georgia State Representative

Sylvia Russell

Sylvia Russell
President - AT&T Georgia, Atlanta

Rita Samuels

Rita Samuels
Exec. Dir. Georgia Coalition Of Black Women

Alexis Scott

Alexis Scott
Publisher - Atlanta Daily News

Beverly A. Scott

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

Suzanne Sitherwood

Suzanne Sitherwood
President - Atlanta Gas Light

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
President of Spellman College

Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor
Author and Professor

Dr. Betty J. Tolbert

Dr. Betty J. Tolbert
Founder & Principal of Progressive Christian Academy

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

Brenda Wood
Anchor for 11Alive News in Atlanta

Sally Quillian Yates

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