These four women are pioneering the efforts to make Atlanta more equitable
As the nation celebrates Black History Month, Chief Equity and Social Justice Officer Dr. Tauheedah Baker-Jones joins an esteemed group of African-American women who are working to make Atlanta a more equitable place.
These trailblazing women currently hold the first roles as Chief Equity Officers in the Mayor’s office, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta Beltline, and Invest Atlanta.
The Chief Equity Officers are:
- Dr. Tauheedah Baker-Jones, Chief Equity & Social Justice Officer – Atlanta Public Schools
- Ms. Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, Chief Equity Officer – City of Atlanta
- Ms. Bonika Wilson, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer – Invest Atlanta
- Dr. Nonet Sykes, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
Their shared vision for advancing Atlanta includes working collaboratively to improve the quality of life and to ensure all Atlantans thrive through equitable programming, such as One Atlanta Child Savings Account Program and One Atlanta Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
This partnership was formed because they were all extremely passionate about justice, equity, and closing opportunity gaps via access to jobs, housing, education and opportunity. The inequities in the city of Atlanta and across the country is motivation for these women to have a long-term and sustainable impact.
“We realize we are greater together than when we operate in silos alone,” according to their collective vision. “We realize we are making our city competitive and better because of our collective work. We also realize that our presence and our work is building a legacy for future generations.”
This collective support helps them accomplish to build capacity in their respective organizations.
Becoming a trailblazer in her our own right, Dr. Tauheedah Baker-Jones is the first Chief Equity & Social Justice Officer in the APS Center of Equity + Social Justice.
Dr. Baker-Jones said she is passionate about the center’s core work.
“The Center for Equity + Social Justice was birthed out of an imperative to positively impact the lives of our learners and learning communities so that every single one of our students thrives – not by accident, but by design,” she said.
Learn more about the APS Center of Equity + Social Justice here:
- Equity at the Forefront in Atlanta Public Schools
- Atlanta Public Schools Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Commemorate Opening of the Center for Equity + Social Justice
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