I am currently the Program Manager for Civic Engagement at GALEO and have been with the organization for 1 year and 4 months. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was raised by immigrant parents. Within the last three years, I have been involved with different sorts of non-profit organizations which has developed my passion for helping different communities. I serve GALEO to increase voter engagement for the 2020 and 2021 elections. I see this opportunity to not only engage the community, but to educate. She sees a lot of potential in the Latino Community of Georgia and she would like to share her talent and knowledge with GALEO in hopes of encouraging Latinos to vote and become active participants in the community.
In the words of Dr. Mae Jemison, “”Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations” has always been the driving force for Elicia Hargrove’s drive and ambition to be successful and help others. Ms. Hargrove is a native of Milledgeville, Georgia and she was a zealous advocate and criminal defense attorney with the Georgia Public Defender’s Council for many years. Ms. Hargrove is currently an Assistant District Attorney with the Henry County’s District Attorney Office located in the Flint Judicial Circuit. Elicia Hargrove graduated from the Albany State University with Honors in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She later received her J.D. degree from the Sheppard Broad School of Law at Nova Southeastern University in 2007 and completed her L.L.M in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2014. In 2019, Ms. Hargrove was given the honor of being nominated for “40 under 40” with the Albany Chamber of Commerce and the Rural Leader Magazine. She is involved in several outreach organizations that provides COVID-19 relief to the community.Ms. Hargrove continues to pour back into her community that has given so much to her because she agrees wholeheartedly with the words of Shirley Chisholm who often said that service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.
Alicia M. Johnson is a native of Savannah, Georgia, where she earned dual degrees in her undergraduate and graduate work- English and Communications and a Master’s in management & organizational leadership, and is on track to complete her organizational leadership doctorate in 2023. She is also a certified grant writer and administrator and a lifetime certified facilitator for Bridges Out of Poverty. In 2006, she finished at the top of her Systematic Theology Class, an intensive 18-month ministerial doctrinal training program, receiving ministerial license and ordination. She brings over twenty-six years of progressive leadership experience in her field with specific expertise in strategic planning, leadership, program and organizational development, marketing, and communications. She is currently the executive director for Step Up Savannah, leading the strategic direction of poverty reduction initiatives. Alicia is the first African-American and native Savannahian to have the role. Alicia has had an expansive career in both the public and private sectors. From 2010 to 2012, she served as the Public Information Officer for the first African-American DA in the eastern judicial circuit. There, she made history to include leading strategic planning, writing and publishing the first-ever annual report, launching, and publishing the first interactive website. She also scaled and provided an administrative overhaul of the Violence Intervention Program, the first forward-facing social justice program of its kind for the DA’s office in Chatham County. She is the proud wife of Illustrator and SCAD Professor, H. Pernell Johnson, and the doting mother of one daughter, Alexis Samone Dudley, one son, Caleb Pernell, and one grandson, Devin O’Ryan, Jr.
Shafina Khabani graduated from the University of Nebraska where she studied Business Management and Human Resources Management. She moved to Georgia in 2010 and proudly began the work of engaging Muslims in the voting process. She has worked on various voter outreach teams, and as a community organizer, she lent her passion for voting rights to break down barriers and increase civic participation within immigrant communities. Shafina was brought on as Georgia Muslim Voter Project’s Executive Director in 2020 with many years of experience and a deep knowledge, having been involved with GAMVP since its inception and as a member of the Board of Directors for two years.
Raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, LaTasha was born into a community and system of advocacy for those in need of support, encouragement, and articulation. LaTasha’s service as an Artist Educator follows in the steps of both grandmothers: who taught the community, provided needed services to women, and used her artistry to provide joy, praise, remembrance, and uplift. As a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience, LaTasha’s career was launched with an intention of honoring students’ own voices, instincts, and propensity for fun in their learning. Last year, those proclivities were honored and celebrated as she was awarded the Innovation in Teaching Grant for creating and producing and integrative and fun math learning program for the college. LaTasha is a doctoral candidate in the Language and Literacy Education PhD program at UGA, where her dissertation focuses on the literacy of Black girls’ hip hop dance. LaTasha is an ardent advocate of arts-based research, especially research inclusive of hip hop literacies. She is currently an editor of the Poetry, Fiction, and Visual Arts Section of UGA’s Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE). There, she has been able to promote the necessity of arts-based research and its equivalence with standardized forms of research representation. As a youth, LaTasha canvassed various neighborhoods in her city to get people registered to vote and activate their citizenry. She continues to fulfill those goals today in her partnership with 9 to 5GA, where her children, Genesis (16), Wisdom (12), and Zion (3) learn first-hand the value of civil citizenship and the value of togetherness.
Rep. Kim Schofield
Kim Schofield, State House Representative District 60, was elected to the Georgia Assembly in 2017 and serves on the Small Business Development, Interstate Cooperation and the Health and Human Service Committees. She serves as Chaplain of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and an appointed member to the Atlanta Commission on Women. Rep. Schofield holds leadership positions as State Lead for the National Caucus of Environment Legislatures and National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women. As a public servant Kim lives out her core values of Access, Action and Accountability. Kim’s professional career spans across healthcare, financial, transportation, education and non-profit agencies. Kim has over 15 years in consulting, coaching, teaching, training workshops and engagement seminars bringing alignment within Political, Corporate, Community, Law Enforcement, Healthcare and Faith-Based organizations. Kim is a small business owner. As a personal development strategist, her coaching practice, Other People’s Potential coaching works with individuals and organizations to position each for maximizing their capacity. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Theology and Organizational Leadership. She holds a DMIN ABD from Oral Roberts University. She holds a federal appointment to the Health IT Policy Committee and crafts legislative policy recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health IT as a framework for the development and adoption of a nationwide health information infrastructure. Kim is the proud mother of her daughter, Kyler, an Assistant Director in Film and Television and member of the Directors Guild of America.