Our Staff

Lindsay Harper, Executive Director

Headshot 2016 Final_F Lindsay 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: lindsay@georgiawand.org

Janie Hill-Scott, Community Organizer

Janie Hill Scott HeadshotJanie 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

Becky Rafter, Development Lead

Becky RafterBecky Rafter was recently honored as a local “superhero” by Mark Ruffalo and the Solutions Project for advancing community-driven solutions to nuclear contamination. During her tenure, Georgia WAND received the 2017 Smith W. Bagley Advocacy Award from the Sapelo Foundation; the League of Women Voters of Georgia 2016 Empowerment Award for work at the intersection of environmental justice and the nuclear industry; and the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Environmental Justice Award by Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Becky serves on the executive committees of Partnership for Southern Equity’s Just Energy Circle and Advancing Equity and Opportunity in the U.S. South (AEO). Georgia WAND is an active member of the Georgia Water Coalition, U.S. Human Rights Network, U.S. Climate Action Network, Southern Movement Assembly, the Coalition for the People’s Agenda, and Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, among other partners. Becky is a voting member of Southern Partners Fund and serves on the board of ProGeorgia, a statewide table for collaboration around civic engagement. Prior to joining the Georgia WAND squad, Becky worked in social justice philanthropy at the Funding Exchange in New York City and the Fund for Southern Communities in Atlanta, where she organized donors and foundations to invest more resources in the U.S. South. Earlier in her career, as Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, she worked to advance reproductive justice strategies in Georgia and the national NARAL community. Becky has an MPA in International Policy and Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Agnes Scott College. She is currently working to co-develop just systems, practices, and office culture at Georgia WAND to combat white supremacist structures and habits embedded in nonprofit organizations. She is a member of Rockwood’s 2017-2018 Leading from the Inside Out yearlong cohort.   To contact Becky email: becky@georgiawand.org

Phyllis Richardson, Government Affairs Coordinator

Phyllis Richardson has thirty plus years of government and political experience beginning in the late 1980’s by working several years as an Executive Assistant for the Chairman of the Miami Dade County Commission. She was also a staff supporter for the historic Summit of Americas and Congressional Black Caucus meetings and served as point person between the Office of the Chairman, Miami Dade County and the United States White House. She continued her public service in the position as a Deputy Clerk for the Miami Dade County Board of Commissioners and was an instrumental member of the Miami Dade Clerk’s office. In addition, she served as Executive Assistant to a City of Miami Commissioner and was the Office Manager for the Broward County Bar Association.Phyllis served as Senate and Legislative Aide to Georgia Senator Gloria Butler, District 55, and Senator Valencia Seay, District 34, the appointed City Clerk for the City of Snellville, GA, the Recording Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “NAACP” State Level and the Gwinnett County Chapter. She served as Policy and Procedures Director, for the National Women Political Caucus “NWPC”, Georgia Chapter and a Member of the Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association and The International Institute of Municipal Clerks “IIMC”. She worked with Women’s Action for New Directions, “WAND”, Program Associate in Atlanta, GA assisting former National WiLL president Senator Nan Orrock, City Clerk in the City of Snellville, Georgia, Election Superintendent for the 2015 Election Year, Legislative and Administrative Assistant to Georgia State Senator Gloria Butler, District 55 and Senator Valencia Seay, District 34, Office Manager to the Broward County Bar Association in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Deputy Commission Clerk to the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts in Miami, FL, Executive Secretary to Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Teele Jr. in Miami, FL where she assisted in the coordination of special community events, such as “The Summit of Americas” and “Joseph Caleb Community Center’s 20th Anniversary.” She has an extensive career in supporting and facilitating community civic engagement as a community organizer a volunteer with Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia, Inc. as Public Relations Officer, “VEO”, Kids Creek Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy, and LifeLink of Georgia, and lobbying Georgia State Senators and Representatives on behalf of Plan Parenthood, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia “ACLU”, Women In The Halls Citizen Lobbying Group and members of Congress in DC on behalf of Women’s Action for New Directions “WAND”. She is also a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “NAACP”, and The National Women Political Caucus “NWPC”, Snellville Chapter President, and a member of the planning committee for New Jerusalem Baptist Church “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Community Events” in addition to being the Ministry Leader of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church “NJBC” Political Action Ministry. She has earned certifications from the Carl Vinson Institute of Georgia, State of Georgia Municipal Election Official, and State of Georgia Municipality Continuing Education. She is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and Georgia Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association. She is a member of the Board of the following organizations: Africa’s Children’s Fund Board, Children’s Usher Board of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, The National Women’s Political Caucus “NWPC” Georgia Chapter, Gwinnett Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She has received accolades of appreciation and achievement from the following organizations: United States Information Agency (USIA), Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, Outstanding Young Americans, Dade County Clerk Harvey Ruvin, LifeLink of Georgia, International Institute of Municipal Clerks Code of Ethics, Georgia  Transparency & Campaign Finance Commission, and the United Way. Phyllis played instrumental rolls in the successful implementation of Georgia WAND’s participation in Capital Conservation Day (CCD) in partnership with the Georgia Water Coalition by participating on the CCD planning committee and our introduction of our No First Use House and Senate Resolutions by working with Rep. Becky Evans and Senator Nan Orrock. Georgia WAND had the pleasure of being introduced in the galley in the House of Representatives. That same day Phyllis coordinated a successful first time ever Georgia WAND Legislative Tea and Sweets at the Capital in which all women of the Georgia State legislator were invited. To contact Phyllis email to: Phyllis@GeorgiaWAND.org