President – TJ Copeland
Executive Vice President - Christina Mills
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Christina is a native of Pasadena, CA and attended University of Southern California, where she earned a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. She has now made Midtown Atlanta home, where she was previously Membership Chair and is currently Executive Vice President of the Young Democrats of Atlanta. Having understood her call to ministry in 2009, she now attends Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, where she is pursuing a M.Div. with an emphasis in Church Leadership and Administration. Christina serves as a student minister at Warren Memorial United Methodist Church.
Finance Chair – Griffin Wasdin
Griffin Wasdin is an Atlanta native currently residing in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. Since he became involved in the Young Democrats, he has served as the Vice-President and then the President of the College Democrats at Georgia Tech, the President of the College Democrats of Georgia, Activism Chair for the Young Democrats of Atlanta, and currently serves as the Finance Director of the Young Democrats of Atlanta. Highlights of his career as a Democratic activist include sponsoring both Governor Bill Richardson and then-Senator Barack Obama to Georgia Tech’s campus during the 2007/2008 Democratic primary and helping found the Young Democrat chapter at Kennesaw State University which later won the 2009 YDG Chapter of the Year Award. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech and currently works as a Structural Engineer designing environmental retrofits for coal and natural gas power plants
Political Chair - Justin Tanner
Justin G. Tanner is a member of Mayor Kasim Reed’s intergovernmental affairs team. As one of the mayor’s primary representatives in the Georgia General Assembly, he works to cultivate key relationships at the state, local and federal levels. He also works with the City of Atlanta’s other strategic partners to help advance its interests under the Gold Dome.
Service Chair - Lara Wagner
Lara Wagner, President of Skylight Consulting, is an Atlanta native and graduate of Woodward Academy. After graduating cum laudefrom Goucher College, she served in the United States Peace Corps in Khovd, Mongolia. She then worked for two nonprofits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia before returning here to the briar patch where she got involved in local politics and founded a business that can be found at skylightconsulting.com.
Social Chair - Justin Saxon
I was born in Atlanta, Ga. and have lived here my entire life. I graduated from the University of Georgia in 2002 with a BBA in Management Information Systems. After that I followed my dreams of becoming a lawyer and obtained my Juris Doctorate from Georgia State College of Law in 2005 where I served as Student Bar Associate President and was the graduation student speaker. Currently I am working as an Attorney with King & Spalding. Through out the years I helped to start a small company that serves as a marketing, fundraising and social promotion for young professionals, The J3 Group. Also, I created Pendant Choice Consulting which provides marketing and business consulting. I’ve always had a strong interest in politics and have worked on a few campaigns including serving as an Ambassador for Mayor Kasim Reed, a member of the finance committee of Generation 44 and the current social chairman for the Young Democrats of Atlanta. I also have to opportunity to serve on the Atlanta board of the New Leaders Council for young progressive leaders. When I have available free time I enjoy performing community service with Hands on Atlanta doing a variety of events that are available and am a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.