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Board And Staff

Rebecca DeHart has more than 17 years of political and advocacy experience working in Georgia and around the nation. Most recently, Rebecca was the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Georgia where she was widely credited for her role in rebuilding the Party from a struggling, two-employee organization to a place of strength. This past cycle she directed a $25 million operating budget and a staff of more than 150 people.
 

Prior to her tenure at the state party, Rebecca was the President and founder of Steel Cut Strategies, LLC, a firm specializing in campaign management, communications and governmental affairs. During her 13-year lobbying career under Georgia’s Gold Dome, she was well known for her efforts advocating for greater access to healthcare, reproductive justice and safety for women, children and families.  

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After the 2008 elections, Rebecca began focusing her work on strategies and the operationalization of ideas needed to run successful campaigns in Georgia. In 2012, she became the Senior Vice President of a political direct mail firm, serving as both the chief creative strategist and general consultant to races around the nation, including legislative caucuses in battleground states like North Carolina. In 2013, Rebecca focused on municipal elections in Georgia and batted 1000, winning every race she worked on.
 

Prior to founding her own firm, Rebecca was the communications director and lobbyist for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the executive director for the Georgia Commission on Family Violence. A social worker by training and a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Rebecca started her career working at the Women’s Counseling Center of Hull House in Chicago, Illinois. 
 

Rebecca and her husband have two sons, Rowan and Wystan, two dogs and a cat. When she’s not working, you can find her playing with her kids, digging in the dirt planting beautiful, colorful things and/or cooking and eating delicious food.

CEO

Rebecca DeHart

Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean is a highly skilled researcher with over 15 years of experience designing, managing, and implementing population-based studies and projects. During her tenure at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she applied her expertise in computational biology and population-based studies to help understand and control the spread of antibiotic resistance. In addition to her research, she has extensive project and personnel management experience as well as work in community organizing.

 

Jeanine graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Theater Studies. She earned a doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin. As the daughter of United Methodist ministers, Jeanine was raised to serve her community, and she co-founded and directed a mentorship program for African-American undergraduate students at UT-Austin. In addition to her work in public health, she is passionate about finding creative ways to tackle community-based issues using both strategic planning and innovative ideas.  She lives in Tucker, GA with her husband, two sons, and 17-year-old cat, Pepper, who was briefly mentioned in a Time Magazine article.  

Program Director

Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean

Representative Carolyn Fleming Hugley was elected in 1992 to the Georgia House of Representatives.  She was the first African American to serve as Minority Whip of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2003-2018.  Currently, Representative Hugley is a member of the Rules Committee, Appropriations (Health Sub-Committee) and the Insurance Committee. She is the former Minority Whip, chair of the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Committee and the Women’s Legislative Caucus.  She serves as a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and the Working Families Caucus.  

 

Carolyn’s outstanding and visionary leadership is focused on developing “real solutions for real people.”  She is committed to fighting for all Georgians and has dedicated her service to children and family issues. She is known for her work in education, health care, enhanced job opportunities and public safety. She has sponsored numerous bills to include anti-bullying legislation, legislation to keep widows of veterans in their homes, legislation to keep sexual offenders out of school zones, anti-stalking legislation and compensation resolutions to compensate constituents who were wrongfully convicted. 

 

Hugley is actively involved in her community and appreciation for her leadership and service has been recognized with numerous awards from local, state, national and international organizations. She is married to Columbus City Manager, Isaiah Hugley. They have two children, and two grandchildren.

Chair of the Board

Rep. Carolyn Hugley

DuBose Porter, born in Dublin, Laurens County, Georgia, is the son of Dr. Lester and Katherine D. Porter. From a young age, Porter was active in his community. He earned his Eagle Scout Badge in 1970. He was a co-president of his Senior high school class at Dublin High School, where he graduated in 1971. He attended Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, where he received a B.A. in English in 1975.

 

After college, Porter interned in Washington, D. C., for Georgia Senator Sam Nunn where he decided to go to law school so that he could one day become a public servant

and help others just as he saw Sen. Nunn was able to do.

He attended and graduated from Cumberland Law School 

at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After law school, Porter returned to his hometown and formed the law firm of Nelson & Porter.

 

In 1982 he decided to run for the legislature. Although he
was considered the underdog in the race, he was victorious, and he represented the district until 2011. In 1991 and 1992,
he served as Administration Floor Leader in the House of Representatives to Governor Zell Miller. In January 2003, Porter was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives and later became Minority Leader of the House of Representatives until he left the House to run for Governor in 2010.

 

Porter has four sons, also Eagle Scouts, Stephen DuBose Porter, Jr., Guyton McCall Porter, and twins, Asa Shearouse Porter and Inman Lee Porter.

 

Porter runs a publishing company, publishing nine newspapers and journals throughout Middle and South Georgia. Since 1987, Porter also has been a stockholder and member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Dudley.

He is a former Trustee for the Nature Conservancy of Georgia, former member of Board of Trustees and The Board of Advisors of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is the former President of the Georgia Press Association and of the Georgia Library Trustees Association and served as a member of Governor Miller’s Preservation 2000 Committee. 

 

Porter was elected Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia in a special election in the fall of 2013. He was reelected to serve a full four-year term in 2015 where he worked to rebuild the Party and make Georgia a Battleground State. 

 

Porter lives in Dublin, Georgia, or as he calls it, “the center of the universe."

Board Member

DuBose Porter

Sachin Varghese is an attorney at Bondurant Mixson
& Elmore in Atlanta where he represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate litigation, including matters involving contract disputes, business torts, fraud, and false claims. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Georgia where he was a Foundation Fellow and also earned his Masters in Public Administration and law degree.
 
Before joining BME, Sachin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. As a pro bono attorney, Sachin has represented, among others, the Legislative Black Caucus of Georgia, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, and League of United Latin American Citizens in challenging Georgia’s 2011 redistricting plans. He is also active with the Democratic Party of Georgia, serving on the Voter Protection committee.
 
A member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2014, Sachin
is active in his community and sits on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
and Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates.
 
Sachin, his wife Serene, and their two children, Dahlia
and Omar, live in East Atlanta.

Board Member

Sachin Varghese