Task Force Members

A cross section of community leaders have united for this cause.

All of the work being done by the Task Force is on a volunteer basis.


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Mereda Davis Johnson

Ex Officio • 5th District Commissioner in DeKalb County

A resident of DeKalb County for over 30 years, Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson serves as a founding partner at Johnson, Hopewell, Coleman, LLC. Davis Johnson has served as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses. She is a co - Founder and Member of DeKalb Lawyers Association and ARThink DeKalb. Commissioner Davis Johnson is married to Congressman Hank Johnson, Congressman for Georgia 4th Congressional District.

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Patti Garrett

Officio • Decatur Mayor

Mayor of the City of Decatur and has served on the Decatur City Commission since 2010. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of the National Civic League and as District 3 Present of the Georgia Municipal Association where she is also a member of the Federal
Policy Council, the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee. Patti is on the Community Resources Committee and the Regional Housing Task Force at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Welcoming America’s One Region Initiative Steering Committee, and New American Pathways’ Advisory Council. She has recently been appointed to serve on the Georgia
Municipal Association Equity and Inclusion Commission.


Burrell Ellis

Task Force Chair

Burrell has long been recognized by the citizens of Georgia for the vital role he has played in public service, and for his deep personal commitment to the welfare of all while serving on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and as the County’s Chief Executive Officer. More recently, he served as the first ever Political Director of the ACLU of Georgia, where he developed and managed the agency’s public policy and advocacy infrastructure, particularly related to criminal justice reform.

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Jonathan Elmore

Finance Committee Director

Jonathan currently serves as the Mayor Avondale Estates. Mayor Elmore has previously served as Georgia MunicipalAssociation (GMA) District 3 President and as such, sat on the GMABoard of Directors. In 2018, Mayor Elmore was accepted into andcompleted the Atlanta Regional Commission ALMA (Arts Leaders ofMetro Atlanta) program. 


Eric Ellis

Website and Social Media Director

Eric is a native resident of Dekalb County and owner of Made You Look Media, a digital design firm. Eric desires to be a part of an effort organizing to create the memorial tribute statue to John Lewis. Eric recalls one of his greatest memories was marching alongside Congressman Lewis. Eric envisioned a "Good Trouble" tribute in honor of Congressman John Robert Lewis in the district he served. Mr. Ellis is graciously donating his firm's time and expertise for this effort.

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Rev. Dr. Emory Berry Jr.


Pastor of Green Forest Community Baptist Church. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and is the past-Chairman of the Board for the Virginia Alliance Against Mass Incarceration. He served on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute and the Advisory Board for the Church Hill Academy for at-risk high school students.

More to come!