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

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