Julia Lankford has over 14 years of non-profit management experience. For Families First, she provided direct services in impoverished areas by determining local needs and designing economic opportunities to empower individuals to improve their own lives. Due to her keen insight and strong leadership, more than 1,200 Georgia residents gained economic security. Julia has also worked as the Neighborhood Revitalization Manager and Grants Manager for the East Athens Development Corporation, where she cultivated and stewarded relationships as part of a grant pipeline process. She has been the recipient of numerous community service awards including the Young Professional on the Rise, and Forty under Forty Professionals in Northeast GA and ESSENCE Woman of the Year. She received her B.S. in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration from Georgia Southern University, as well as her Accounting Certification from Athens Technical College. When Julia is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Toryn and her daughter, Teghan.
Pharlone Toussaint has a decade of experience as an advocate for using sports as a catalyst for social change; her passion blossomed in 2007 alongside the Honorable Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a youth symposium hosted by Wheelock College targeting Boston Public school student leaders. Her experience working on both the college and professional level has allowed her to gain a greater insight into sport for development programming growth strategy and implementation. She has supported community relations and corporate social responsibility efforts for several professional sports teams including the Los Angeles Kings and Boston Celtics. She has also worked with professional athletes; both active and retired, on various social entrepreneurial initiatives. Pharlone is an Atlanta native where she is also a consultant in the creative-cause marketing arena and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Management with a concentration in Marketing from Boston College Carroll School of Management.