Campaign Structure

The Get Georgia Reading Campaign operates under the auspices and guiding vision of a group of high-level statewide public/private organization leaders. Cabinet members:

  • Leverage their statewide reach and positions of leadership to promote the application of the four-pillar common agenda at the systems level; and
  • Act as ambassadors inside their sectors and network, sharing information about the Campaign and promoting use of the four pillars as a framework for action.

The Cabinet has two subcommittees:

  • Data/Evaluation: These are the Cabinet-appointed data/evaluation subject matter experts representing GaDOE, DECAL, DPH, Emory, ARC, GaFCP, GEEARS, GOSA, and GPEE. Members of this subcommittee provide access to and analysis of data to monitor the landscape of factors impacting children’s ability to read and progress toward change.
  • Communication: These are the Cabinet-appointed communication subject matter experts representing GaDOE, DECAL, DPH, GEEARS, and GaFCP. Members of this subcommittee chaired by GPB provide professional services, support, and guidance for communicating the science behind the four pillars, the progress of partners taking action, and the experiences of individuals and communities working to Get Georgia Reading.

The Campaign’s host organization is GaFCP, which is also the state’s Kids Count grantee. In its role as host organization, and as a member of the Campaign Cabinet, GaFCP has connected its statewide network of Collaboratives and technical assistance team to support our mission. The collective efforts of these leaders and the hundreds of other partner organizations are supported by a small Campaign staff based at GaFCP.

In addition to Cabinet members and partners investing in strategies to realize our common agenda, the Campaign is supported by investments from national- and Georgia-focused foundations and corporations. This essential support makes possible the operation of the Campaign and innovations in early learning and literacy.

Meet the Cabinet

Click on the images below to learn more about our Cabinet members and the organizations they represent.

Alliance of Education Agency Heads (AEAH)

Jennifer Rippner, Executive Director of Education Policy and Partnership and Coordinator

Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)

Amy Jacobs, Commissioner

Kristin Bernhard, Deputy Commissioner for System Reform

Susan Adams, Assistant Commissioner for Pre-K and Instructional Supports

Nathan Deal

Governor of Georgia

Sandra Deal

First Lady of Georgia

Department of Community Health

Heather Bond, Assistant Chief, Regulatory Services and Compliance

Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE)

Richard Woods, State Superintendent

Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Garry McGiboney, Deputy Superintendent for Policy

Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner

Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP)

Gaye Smith, Executive Director

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

Dana Rickman, Policy and Research Director

Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC)

Bobbi Ford, Education Specialist

Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS)

Julie Walker, State Librarian

Georgia School Superintendents Association

Dr. Phil Lanoue, Superintendent of Clarke County School District

Dr. Noris Price, Superintendent of Baldwin County School District

Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA)

Martha Ann Todd, Executive Director

Marcus Autism Center

Dr. Lindee Morgan, Co-Director of Educational Science, Research

Polk Family Connection

Rhonda Heuer, Executive Director

Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG)

Benita Moore, Curriculum Program Specialist

Voices for Georgia’s Children

Emily Pelton, Executive Director

Our Investors

The Campaign has received generous support from a number of national- and Georgia-focused foundations and corporations. Their investments have made possible the operation of the Campaign itself and a number of innovative strategies around the state.  

Belk Foundation
Helen, David and Marian Woodward Fund, Atlanta
Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation
Scholastic
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Zeist Foundation
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Contact us if you would like to learn more about how your organization can invest in this work.