Nancy Flake Johnson | President and CEO
Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, is a tireless advocate for urban development, education and advancing the black community through economic empowerment. She has led the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Inc., since 2008, and serves on dozens of influential boards throughout the region, offering her expertise in business, finance and community development.
She started her career in Atlanta with a noted CPA firm after earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting at Howard University. She also holds a Master of Science in Taxation degree from DePaul University. She moved to Washington, D.C. to run the Howard University Small Business Development Center. Later, she operated her own accounting and tax practice in Detroit and served as vice president of programs for the Detroit Urban League from 2006 to 2008.
Johnson is a member of the Georgia Education Equity Collaborative and serves on the following boards: Clark Atlanta University School of Business Board of Advisors; the City of Atlanta Workforce Development Board; the United Way Atlanta Ready by 21 Education Collaborative Network; the Mayor of Atlanta’s Emerald Cities Task Force; and the U.S. Department of Human Services Strengthening Families Task Force. She was honored by the Atlanta Business League as one of the Most Influential Women of Atlanta and with a Leadership Excellence Award by The Women of The Atlanta Job Corps Center. In 2013, Johnson was presented the “Community Empowerment Award” by the Atlanta Chapter of the Howard University Alumni Association and honored as a “Woman of Excellence” by the Atlanta Daily World Newspaper.
Direct Phone: 404-659-6575
Dorothy “Dottie” Johnson | Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
The longest serving member of the ULGATL team, Dorothy Johnson began her career with the organization in 1976. As executive assistant to the president/CEO, she is responsible for a wide variety of activities including providing administrative support and scheduling of appointments. She also is involved in logistical planning and coordination for agency-wide activities including the Annual Meeting, Spirit of the League event, Equal Opportunity Day Dinner and other special occasions.
Prior to joining the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, she served as an administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Washington County Board of Education and as an executive secretary at the Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in business education from Elizabeth City State University.
Direct Phone: (404) 659-6580
Africa Roberson| MBA, CWDP Business Development Manager
Africa Roberson serves as business development manager for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. She has worked and volunteered in social services since 1997. Since 2001, she has served on the board of Quest 35, Inc., which supports the prevention of homelessness and provides transitional housing. Roberson has chaired Quest 35’s annual Champions of the Homeless Gala since 2002. Her volunteerism in support of young women to change their lives earned her a cameo appearance on Keyshia Cole’s show “The Way It Is.” Roberson also has volunteered with the Salvation Army’s Adult Literacy Program and received the agency’s 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Roberson received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clark-Atlanta University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Roberson recently was awarded her Certification in Workforce Development.
Genee Dunn| Housing Assistant
Genee Dunn is the housing assistant for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s Housing and Community Development Department. She joined the ULGA in 2012 as a receptionist. Dunn has been in the administrative field for more than 30 years in multiple sectors. She moved to Georgia 20 years ago from New York, NY.
Tracey Mosley | Transition Program Coordinator
Tracey R. Mosley is program manager for Transitional Services, a program that mentors and counsels men and women transitioning from incarceration, homelessness, unemployment and underemployment. The program is designed to lead clients toward a career path and sustainable incomes.
Mosley previously served as program director of Foreverfamily, Inc., heading the group’s fatherhood initiative and running a transition program for men. Prior to that position, he spent 14 years at Delta Air Lines, serving in several capacities including as supervisor for international airport services at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. At Worldwide Global Marketing, he was senior project manager. Mosley holds certifications in project management (PMP) and facilitation with significant experience in organizational development and customer service.
Mosley is in training as an interventionist, to counsel men and women to live clean, sober lifestyles, specifically as they transition back to their communities. He received his bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in organizational development from the University of Wisconsin.
Deborah McClary | Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator
Deborah McClary is the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s advocacy and outreach coordinator. She spearheads the organization’s community engagement efforts, serving as liaison between the League and many of its community partners. McClary also facilitates the League’s volunteer engagement activities, civic engagement, voter education and registration efforts.
McClary spearheaded the agency’s Census 2010 Campaign in partnership with the Leadership Council of Civil Rights, The Peoples Agenda and the City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and staff to reach hard to count communities to foster participation to ensure a complete count.
Prior to joining the League, she worked as a retail and small business lender and community bank examiner with a local regulatory agency. McClary received her bachelor’s degree in human resources from Mercer University.
Phone: (404) 659-1150
Silah Williams, MBA | TEC Director
Silah Williams, MBA is an award winning business consultant who has been advising and assisting business owners and corporate leaders for over 15 years. In his current role as the Director of The Entrepreneurship Center with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Silah is responsible for developing and leading a center where business owners can look to for assistance in starting and growing their business. Through this center, Silah provides Coaches, Workshops, and Resources for potential, new and existing business owners. Prior to joining the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Silah worked as a Management Consultant with the Gallup Corporation. As a Management Consultant, Silah provided strategic consulting and leadership development services to Fortune 500 companies, Healthcare Systems, and the Federal Government. His area of specialty was developing strategies to assist the financial services industry with increasing the engagement and productivity levels of its employees. Additionally, he advised company leadership on strategies to keep its customer base loyal and receptive to products and services for growing their relationship with that institution.
Silah holds an MBA in Executive Management from Kennesaw State University; where he completed his studies with the highest honors, and a BBA in Business Management from North Carolina A&T State University.
Marc Parham | Director Entrepreneurship Center
Marc E. Parham is a business coach, professional speaker, radio host and author of the book “Yes I Can – Develop My Idea and Start My Own Business.” He has been working for more than 20 years to help people start and grow businesses.
Parham is a managing partner at the business development consulting company CAPBuilder Network. He created www.capbuildernetwork.com and a radio show CAPBuilder Talk, at www.capbuildertalk.com, to provide articles, information and resources to help start and grow small businesses.
He also works with the Partec Consulting Group, a full-service consulting and training firm. Parham recently served as director of the Entrepreneurship Center of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta where he developed and implemented a successful business development and coaching program that has touched assisted more than 1,000 entrepreneurs.
Parks Sims | Career Coach
Parks Sims is the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s career coach for the Workforce division. Sims came back to the Atlanta area from the Midwest in the summer of 2012. He had spent nearly 10 years in the Midwest, serving as a senior disability navigator/case manager to The Full Employment Council of Kansas City. Sims began his career working for a very profitable, privately-owned, finance company. However, he always felt that he wanted to give back more and make a positive impact on the nation’s declining communities. He made a career change and entered the nonprofit sector.
Myra Johnson | Part Time Workforce Assistant
Myra Johnson serves as the enrollment and data Specialist for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s Youth Empowerment Program. She also provides program support for the League’s Workforce Development department. She has more than 10 years of experience in the administrative support field and has worked in the legal, government, and education areas. Johnson has worked with the League since 2012.
Sharon Dukes |Housing Director
Sharon Dukes is the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s director of Housing and Community Development. She brings more than 20 years of professional experience and an extensive background in the real estate industry, community development and as a housing counselor.
She directs a department that focuses on establishing and maintaining strategic relationships with local / regional and federal stakeholders including: government, nonprofits, private sector lenders and realtors. The Housing department offers homebuyer education, financial literacy, credit counseling, foreclosure prevention and loss mitigation.
Prior to joining the League, Dukes was president and chief executive officer of D.R. Builders and Dukes Consulting Company. Dukes chairs the board for the Lithonia Housing Authority.
She graduated from Kent State University with a degree in business administration.
Johnette Brown |Housing Counselor
Johnette Brown is a housing counselor with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. She began her career in mortgage banking and finance in 1996, and has more than 17 years of experience in real estate.
Brown’s innovative approach to business emphasizes working as an integrated team and sets high standards for customer satisfaction.
Johnette has degree in administration/entrepreneurship from Devry University. She also is a certified housing counselor for the State of Georgia. Currently, and is working toward being a national certified housing counselor through NeighborWorks®. She attended MLS School of Real Estate, Nash Securities’ Training, and Capstone Institute of Mortgage Banking and Finance.
Tony-Jean Louis |Housing Counselor
Tony Jean-Louis, a HUD-approved housing counselor, joined the staff of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta in 2009. He is nationally certified as a foreclosure intervention counselor and a homeownership counselor. Before joining the League’s staff, Jean-Louis worked as a dean in high school and for New York Center for Rehab.
Jean-Louis has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in mortgage finance. He graduated in May 2008 from York College, Jamaica, N.Y., and also holds a degree in linguistics. He is enrolled in a homeownership and community lending program with NeighborWorks to become a national professional certified counselor.
Ayana Domingo-Hanse|Empowerment Advocate
Ayana Domingo-Hanse is the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s senior empowerment advocate. In this role, she supports the League’s Neighborhood College youth program. The program helps juvenile offenders from high crime, high poverty circumstances to achieve academic and employment success so that they can return to their communities as self-sufficient and highly equipped citizens.
Domingo-Hanse has worked with unique populations for more than 10 years. She joined the Urban League of Greater Atlanta in 2013 as empowerment advocate of Re-entry and Veteran Affairs, and operated the New Beginnings program. New Beginnings makes re-entry to their communities more successful for men and women returning from either penal institutions or the military. Domingo-Hanse is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCE) and Social Worker (BSW).
During her career, Domingo-Hanse has provided direct care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders, developmental disabilities and co-occurring disorders, as well as to individuals facing transitions through homelessness, criminal barriers, etc., towards self-sufficiency. She has functioned as a primary therapist/mobile assessor, decedent affairs officer, emergency room social worker, mental health counselor, and as clinical coordinator of child welfare. She received her master’s degree in professional counseling from Argosy University.
Dia Hart|Education Coordinator and Data Administrator
Dia Hart joined the Urban League of Greater Atlanta in 2012 and serves as League’s Education Coordinator and Data Administrator. Hart has more than 10 years of experience in project coordination for nonprofit and the government sectors. Hart is responsible for developing programs and services under the League’s Education and Training department and for oversight of its Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database system.
Hart has successfully created and maintained high-level relationships within local communities. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Haiti (1998-2000), worked with Rotary International for six years, and as a grants and development manager for Circle Family HealthCare Network for five years.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer and information systems from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s degree from DePaul University in public service, specializing in nonprofit management.
Earnest Womack|Mentorship/Parent Program Coordinator
Earnest Womack is Mentorship and Parent Program coordinator for the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s Project Ready initiative. He is a youth speaker, radio host, and author of the best-selling book, Young Authority! Womack has worked with well more than three dozen schools and enrichment programs throughout the country, offering professional support to help them strengthen goals and close achievement gaps.
Over the past ten years, Womack has worked with several national youth initiatives in Atlanta. Yearly, he trains students and brings guidance to C5 Georgia of Camp Coca-Cola. He also provides support to Metro-Atlanta Youth for Christ, and is on the board of directors of the Garvey-Woodson Society. Womack earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College.
Kevin Morris|Coach/Project Ready Mentor Program
Kevin Morris joined the staff of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta in 2013 as coach for the Project Ready mentor program. He began his professional career at the Southwest YMCA, implementing after-school reading and tutorial programs for youth. He was promoted to director of teen mentoring and primetime after-school programs.
His previous employment also includes work as program coordinator for Usher’s New Look Foundation. There, he created and implemented leadership and personal development curriculum, while also serving as the first director of Usher’s New Look Sports and Entertainment Camp.
In addition to his instrumental work in school-supply, food, and voter participation drives, Kevin has served as program director for The DeAngelo Hall Foundation, Chuck Wiley’s 99 Wayz 2 Win Foundation, Allen Rossum’s Healthy Kids Club, and the Michael Jenkins Foundation.
Morris received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College
Joi Turner|Coach/Youth Development Program Manager
Joi Turner is the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s youth development program manager. She is a certified guidance counselor who has helped hundreds of students prepare for college and the workforce. Over the past 15 years, Turner has held positions as a guidance counselor for the New York City Board of Education, college/career counselor for the Upward Bound program at Georgia Perimeter College, career manager for Earle C. Clements Job Corps, site-based program coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, and early intervention specialist for Kayne-Eras Center.
Turner is a member of the Georgia School Counselor Association and the Georgia Association of Special Programs Personnel. She holds a Georgia School Counseling certificate and CPR/First Aid/AED certificate. She has 15 years of experience working with families in dire situations and 10 years of experience working within the educational systems.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kentucky State University and a master’s in school counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute.
Laverne Grant|Project Ready Female College Coach
Laverne Grant works with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta’s Project Ready program helping young women prepare for college. For the past three years, she has worked with students of the Dorothy Height Academy of Leadership at Mays High School within Atlanta Public Schools, teaching the students valuable life skills and helping them meet program benchmarks.
Grant has worked with children and youth for more than 20 years, starting in Toronto, Canada, where she was born. After moving to Atlanta 10 years ago, Grant continued working with youth in residential care and the Atlanta Public Schools system.
Grant earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Brown College.