Alumni Board

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) is proud to announce the creation of an AYSPS Alumni Board. The board’s primary mission is to provide leadership within the AYSPS community on behalf of alumni and to develop engaging, community-building alumni activities.

Our inaugural Alumni Board members were selected from across AYSPS disciplines at the school including Criminal Justice, Economics, Public Management and Policy and Social Work.

Board members are leaders in their respective fields, deeply engaged in policy and public service work. Like their fellow alums across Atlanta, the metro region, the nation and abroad, they are challenging and improving systems, educating and coaching, expanding scholarship, changing policy, and positively impacting their communities every single day!

Please let us know if you are interested in potentially serving on the Alumni Board in the future. (Email: Colleen Perry, Director, Career Services & Alumni Relations,

Alumni Board Members 2016 – 2017

lee brooks 3Lee Brooks earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Georgia State University.

Mr. Brooks began his public service career with the Atlanta police department, where he retired as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Criminal Investigations division Brooks. Currently, he serves as a Deputy Court Administrator for the Superior Court of Fulton County, where he is responsible for managing the Accountability Court programs for the judicial circuit.

jason delaneyJason Delaney earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2010.

Dr. Delaney joined Georgia Gwinnett College in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He works in the areas of Microeconomics and Business Statistics. He has conducted research on individual decision-making over risky prospects, normative messaging and pollution, as well as the level of state and local government expenditures required to provide adequate services.

andre dickensAndre Dickens earned his Masters of Public Administration in Economic Development at Georgia State University’s, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2013.

Mr. Dickens currently serves as the Assistant Director of Outreach Initiatives for Georgia Tech’s OMED: Educational Services, within the Office of Institute Diversity at GA Tech. In addition, he serves as an Atlanta Councilman and the Chair of the Community Development & Human Resources Committee and the Transportation and City Utilities Committee. Mr. Dickens is also a board member of the Atlanta Beltline, Invest Atlanta, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. In 2014, the Atlanta Business League named Mr. Dickens one of Atlanta’s Men of Influence.

kehli higdonKehli Higdon earned her Masters of Social Work (with a focus on Community Partnerships) at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2012.

Ms. Higdon is a Licensed Social Worker currently employed as a Workforce Development Specialist with CobbWorks, Inc. In addition, as a private Life Coach, Ms. Higdon works with teen mothers in both the foster care and juvenile justice systems to provide parenting and life skills.  Previously, Ms. Higdon worked for the Council on Alcohol and Drugs here in Atlanta and Monroe County and Baden Street Settlement House in Rochester, New York.

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