The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is pleased to announce the newest group of individuals to our team. We are always thrilled to have enthusiastic people with unique talents and creative minds. Together, they will add to our growing team and make huge contributions to our mission to advance racial equity. Their appointments are noted below.
Diamond Bradley, Executive Assistant – Vice President of Operations
Diamond Bradley serves as Executive Assistant for PSE’s vice president of operations, Christina Cummings. She handles organizational management, scheduling, and provides administrative support to the Operations team. Diamond brings her strong background in art curation, community building, and business management to PSE.
Prior to joining PSE, Diamond worked in the creative industry for eight years. Diamond activated her business, The Primary Movement, a creative agency that builds sustainable careers and community for black creatives in Atlanta, where she curated and managed free youth community events to promote art, civic engagement, and voter advocacy.
Diamond holds an associate’s degree in art from Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgia State University.
Jennifer Cobb, Manager, Just Solutions
Jennifer Cobb is a connector, an organizer, and most of all, a questioner. A natural problem-solver, she sees opportunities where others see roadblocks. Jennifer has spent over 10 years helping organizations leverage relationships to deepen their impact, particularly in underserved communities. By prioritizing relationships over one-off transactions, she creates mutually-beneficial partnerships that improve sustainability and maximize outcomes.
Prior to joining PSE, Jennifer worked for Atlanta Mission’s workforce development initiative and challenged companies to adopt inclusive hiring practices while connecting unhoused adults to meaningful employment.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Georgia State University.
Caroline Redd, Manager, Policy
Caroline Redd serves as a Policy Manager in PSE’s Data, Research, and Policy department. In this role, she connects data and research to community-led efforts, and manages the design and execution of high-impact, innovative, policy-relevant data analyses. She brings to PSE experience in program management and evaluation, economic development, and community engagement.
Prior to this assignment, Caroline interned with PSE’s Just Opportunity team, where her research supported an analysis of the use and distribution of property tax incentives in the City of Atlanta. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caroline processed over 700 applications for the Resurgence Grant Fund as an Application Specialist at Invest Atlanta. Her work aided in $16.9 million dispersed to small businesses in the City of Atlanta, as well as technical assistance services for business owners.
Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in human service studies from Elon University, and a master’s degree in public policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Aaron Johnson, Manager, Just Opportunity
A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Aaron Johnson is a notable Community Advocate, Equity Champion, and nonprofit leader. He will manage PSE’s Just Opportunity portfolio, which works to advance an economic inclusion agenda that promotes and increases equity in the distribution of income, wealth building, employment and entrepreneurship among vulnerable populations.
Aaron brings to PSE a decade of experience in delivering equitable career development services, educational opportunities, and nonprofit solutions. Throughout his career, he has applied research-based methodologies and trauma-sensitive practices to uplift under-resourced and vulnerable communities through workforce and soft-skills development. Through partnerships, collaborations and resource sharing, Aaron has been and continues to be committed to exploring sustainable strategies and solutions for equitable economic opportunities for the underserved.
Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Clark Atlanta University, a certificate in nonprofit management from Northwestern University, a “Successful Career Development” certification from Kennesaw State University, and is a Trauma Awareness Facilitator.
Colette Haywood, Organizer
Colette Haywood is an author, veteran businesswoman, and community leader with over 20 years of professional and volunteer experience serving charitable and educational institutions, including nonprofit administration, grant writing, communications, program management.
Colette is the Senior Editor of Historic Westside News, an initiative that arose from the community’s desire to ensure the connectivity of Atlanta’s Westside communities. Through this platform, Colette works to create a space for uncensored community voices.
Passionate about youth and her community, Colette looks forward to completing a doctoral degree in public policy so that she can better address the cultural and social barriers imposed by the K–12 education system, which puts a select few students on the college pathway at the expense of millions of others.
DaShawna Jackson, Organizer
DaShawna Jackson is a Colorado native who recently moved to Georgia. Passionate about equity and education, DaShawna joins PSE’s critical organizing unit, which consists of issue area organizers, youth leaders and other staff who work on the front lines to design offerings that advance the mission of PSE and racial equity in communities and build movements that liberate communities from oppressive systems.
DaShawna holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in culturally, linguistically, diverse education from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a master’s degree in social justice and community organizing from Prescott College. In her free time, DaShawna likes to go to brunch, hang out with her dogs, and is developing her own Animal Crossing island.