Lindsay Harper, Executive DirectorLindsay Harper is the executive director of Georgia WAND Education Fund, Inc, a grassroots, women-led, multiracial organization bridging the rural/urban divide and advancing environmental and climate justice, addressing outsized militarized spending, and ending systemic violence, especially in relation to the nuclear weapons and nuclear energy industries. She is a native of Atlanta, GA, and a second-generation graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC. She holds degrees from Georgia State University and the Paris-Sorbonne University (dual), and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Lindsay will be leveraging her talents in strategy, multi-media production, and public relations to further Georgia WAND’s mission. She’s worked with In the Public Eye, Inc, WVEE V-103 in Atlanta, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters and been nominated for an Emmy®. Lindsay served on the Georgia WAND board of directors from 2013-2015 and helped shape our three-year strategic plan and supported specific pieces of our work. As a member of the board, she designed two voter pledge cards for the WeCount! program, each containing civic engagement information as well as critical voter education about issues identified in the community. For example, voters in Atlanta’s NPU-V (Neighborhood Planning Unit V) received a postcard with a graphic comparison of how much federal funding goes to the military versus housing, education, and the environment. Thousands of similar voter education postcards were sent to communities across the state. Lindsay is deeply committed to the intersections of environmental health, racial justice, and peace and she uses her talents in service of the planet. And in 2013, she launched her flagship global initiative, the GreenGoingForward platform. In addition to GreenGoingForward, Lindsay has worked for several years to implement sustainability projects and programs that generate positive images of communities of color and empower the global community through education. She finds that there is a need to engage diverse communities through new media, small business collaborations, and nonprofit volunteering. One of the most successful outcomes of her leadership was a Go 4 Green Sustainability Tour held at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2014, (at which Becky Rafter spoke on behalf of Georgia WAND). Lindsay believes that economic empowerment through business education and community development is the strongest weapon to promote peace and combat the systematic damage war causes all of us. To contact Lindsay email: email@example.com
Janie Hill-Scott, Community OrganizerJanie Hill-Scott is a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, Burke County Georgia. She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. She has been employed in the medical and legal fields throughout her career. She prides herself on being dedicated to community service. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. along with several other community organizations in an effort to uplift the community. To contact Janie email: Janie@georgiawand.org
Jewel Howard, WeCount! Coordinator
Jewel L. Howard’s experience as a Georgia WAND canvasser since 2015 going door to door, registering people to vote, and educating folks about our issues was a perfect precursor to her ability to manage the voter registration portion of the program this year – which we scaled up this year. Jewel’s hard work has supported our goals to begin building relationships with people living near and downwind and downstream from Plant Vogtle.
A graduate of Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jewel is a writer, poet, and 8 time Emmy nominated television producer. Early in her career, she pursued a career in law enforcement with the Illinois Securities Department but always had a passion for the arts since childhood, performing in school and church productions as well as writing her own original plays, stories, and poetry. Beginning her television career at one of the largest Christian stations in Chicago, Illinois, Jewel has not only worked behind the scenes but as on-air talent, interviewing a wide range of celebrities and politicians, including Sherri Shepard, Mary Mary, Sinbad, Colin Powell, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, and the late Walter Payton, just to name a few. As a freelance producer, she has worked on a numerous projects and productions, including, “Oprah” and PBS Channel 11. After relocating to Atlanta, GA, where she garnished her 8th Emmy-nomination at Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters (AIB-TV), Jewel also had the privilege of working with veteran actor, writer and filmmaker, Ralph Wilcox (“The Lena Baker Story”) participating in the first Film/TV Camp on the reservation of the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe. While living on the reservation, Jewel taught Screen Writing 101, served as Location Scout, and Assistant Director of the student short film. Recently, Jewel has launched out on her own as Executive Director of “Here Am I,” documentary and revitalized a joint non-profit as President of Our Theatre Company, Inc., uplifting the spirit through creativity and education.
In addition to her creativity and visionary as a producer, Jewel is also a literary educator. While in college, Jewel begin teaching creative writing at Cook County Jail with her mentor, the late Dr. Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum. Jewel continued doing poetry workshops with her own “Intro to Poetry” as a guest lecturer City of Chicago Community Colleges and several mentoring programs. She has performed throughout the city of Chicago at various venues including: The Expo for Today’s Black Woman and The National Organization for Women, “Herstory”. Jewel has also been the featured poet and host for the “Chicago Hilton Black History Celebration”, and Atlanta’s Apex Museum during the 2003 Auburn Festival. Jewel’s poem, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” debut in an independent film, “Journey of the Heart”. Since relocating to Atlanta, Jewel has performed in various venues across the city, such as, The 2008 Atlanta Jazz Festival with Ron James with an original piece “Jazz Baby”, “Poetic Soul Showcase” at Mocha Match, Java Monkey and several private events. She has also appeared on “Da Spoken Word Show” hosted by Chyna Holley as well as V-103 with Edna Parrish and on “Moments of Inspiration” with Rev. William Womack. Jewel was also the host of her own monthly poetry showcase, “Rhythm and Rhyme Nite.” In 2010, Jewel gathered a group of her poet friends to perform a benefit to raise money for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti’s. She has performed with The Poet Tree: Poetry & Circle Workshop at Fayette County Library. In 2013, Jewel served as the Atlanta leader for “100 Thousand Poets for Change” and 2017 the featured Poet/Performer for Georgia WAND, Mother’s Day for Peace for social and environmental justice. In 2018, Jewel performed her “Jazz Baby” poem for Jazz Matters at the Wren’s Nest Concert Series. She also performed for Justravaganza! Georgia’s Lifting Voices for Justice and the Partnership for Southern Equity’s Just Energy Summit at Morehouse College.To contact Jewel email: WeCount@georgiawand.org