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Georgia's 50 Most Influential Women 2013

The 50 women who, in the opinion of the staff of the Georgia Informer, are the most influential women in Georgia for the year 2013 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

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

stacey abrams

Lisa Borders
President of the Grady Health Foundation

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

Dr. Nancy Dennard
Member of the Quitman 10 + 2

Margaret DeFrancisco

Dr. Thelma Dillard
Bibb County Board of Education

Margaret DeFrancisco

Lillie Gant-Evans
Co-Owner of L.J. Adult Day Care

Shirley Franklin

Shirley Franklin
Former Atlanta Mayor

Helene Gayle

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

Shirley Franklin

Dee Dawkins Haigler
Georgia State Representative

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

Jan Jones

Jan Jones
Speaker Pro Tempore
GA. House of Representatives

Gwen Keys

Gwen Keys
Regional Administrator for EPA

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

Evelyn Lowery
President of Women SCLC

Elaine Lucas

Elaine Lucas
Macon City Council Member

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

Cynthia McKinney
Former Congresswoman

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

Nan Orrock
Georgia State Senator

Miriam Paris

Nikki Randall
Georgia State Representative

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

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

Teresa Tomlinson
Mayor of the city of Columbus, Georgia

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

Brenda Wood

Erica Woodford
Clerk of Superior Court, Bibb County - Macon

Sally Quillian Yates

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