Gwinnett SToPP Advisory Board
Parent, community activist, and a certified University of Georgia Fanning Institute Community Leadership Program curriculum facilitator. Marlyn provides expertise on data research, information technology, and organization management. She currently serves on the Gwinnett County Human Relations Commission, the steering committee of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign, Gwinnett County Public Schools GEMS Committee (which reviews the curriculum), and is an alumnae of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute. She is a past recipient of the ACLU of Georgia’s Georgia Civil Liberties Award for community activism. Marlyn advocates at the state and national level to impact education policies as it pertains to the School to Prison Pipeline (STPP).
Katherine Dunn is a Program Officer at the Southern Education Foundation, where her work is focused on policy research and advocacy around equity in education for low income students and students of color. She is a graduate of Elon University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. At UNC, she served as an articles editor for the NC Journal of International Law and a clerk for NC Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Jackson. She has worked on education and policy issues for the NC Center for Public Policy Research, UNC Center for Civil Rights, and NC Justice Center. She was a 2012 volunteer of the year honoree for the Truancy Intervention Project in Fulton County, GA and is a member of the executive board of the American Constitution Society’s Georgia Chapter.
Chara Fisher Jackson
Chara Fisher Jackson is Executive Director of Greater Cincinnati Urban League. She is responsible for daily operations of Greater Cincinnati Urban League. Ms. Jackson worked most recently as Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. She has a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Va. A native of Marietta, Ga., she holds Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and a minor in French from Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University, which she attended as a Coca-Cola Minority Student Scholar.
Ms. Jackson also has worked for the ACLU in North Carolina. Ms. Jackson on the primary role of Greater Cincinnati Urban League: “To work strategically to fulfill our mission to transform generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency. Our vision is to have vibrant communities with thriving individuals, families and businesses. GCUL uses it resources to make Cincinnati and the surrounding region a desirable place to live and work.”
A ‘Cultural Proficiency’ consultant with over two decades of experience consulting in schools, private, non-profit, and professional organizations, Dana’s consulting experience afforded him the opportunity to consult in 36 states across the United States and three countries abroad. He delivers a wide range of effective organizational and individual interventions that are geared toward assisting educational and business leaders, staff members, students, and other primary stakeholders, in pursuit of the goal of genuine equity for diverse employee and student populations.