Jodi L. Merriday
Ph.D. African-American Studies - Temple University,
M.Sc. Development Management - London School of Economics &
Political Science, London, EN
M.A. Sociology Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
B.A. Sociology Hampton University - Hampton, VA
OFFICE OF MAYOR KASIM REED/ DPRCA- Atlanta, GA 3/10-5/11
Project Manager (City of Atlanta) Centers of Hope –Engaged
stakeholders and non-profit leaders regarding the conceptualization
of the programmatic framework for Centers of Hope including: 1)
cataloging and meeting with youth development service providers
to streamline consideration for programming services 2) assessing
and recommending vendors for partnership with DPRCA; 3) coordinating
external stakeholders, elected officials and senior level staff
in the Mayor’s office; and 4) completing capacity assessments
of recreation facilities.
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY – Atlanta, Georgia
Lecturer – Course title: African Diaspora
KASIM REED FOR MAYOR, INC. – Atlanta, GA 6/09-1/10
Director, Special Projects / Senior Advisor – Coordinated
outreach, special events, and political mobilization for women,
young professionals, parents, and public school advocates. Assisted
the coordination of the Get Out the Vote effort, visibility, and
fundraising projects as designated (i.e. APS Back to School visibility,
Young Professional/Young Atlantans fundraisers). Coordinated the
campaign Ambassadors Program, commercials and photo shoots.
THE NATIVES, LLC - Atlanta, GA 9/03-present
Partner/Director of Marketing – Developed Marketing and Sponsorship
Collateral to promote, “SpeakEasy” Thursdays. Managed
logistics and demographic on-site intake. Procured sponsorship from:
Remy Martin, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., and 52nd Street Wine Company,
Budweiser and Diageo (i.e. Smirnoff Twisted, Red Stripe, and Guinness).
Succeeded in generating $600,000.00 + in liquor sales annually through
Thursday night bar revenues.
SABOR RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE – Atlanta, GA 1/07
Partner/Director of Marketing and Promotions – Facilitated
the Opening Launch, Marketing and Promotions Strategy of a first
venture restaurant group. Managed the dissemination of marketing
materials to downtown hotels, the Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Phillips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. Served as
Managing Partner and Manger on Duty.
MARK TAYLOR FOR GOVERNOR - Atlanta, GA 8/05-1/07
Political Director/Brand Strategist – Metro Atlanta –
Developed and Implemented the Strategic Political Outreach Plan
to Democratic constituents in the Metro Atlanta Area. Devised and
Implemented a Brand Strategy to capture young African-American and
women voters ages 18-40 through historic organizations, radio personalities,
promoters, and DJ’s. Coordinated and Implemented Meet and
Greet functions with key constituents, elected officials and leaders.
CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CLUB, Atlanta, GA – 9/01-present
Founder – Women of Jazz Series – Created and produced
the series, Women of Jazz including a performance and college lecture
tour featuring: a Tribute to Billie Holiday entitled, “For
Blue” (sponsored by Remy Martin) (2001); a Tribute to Nina
Simone entitled, “Viva la Nina” (sponsored by Capitol
City Bank, The Boyd Restaurant Group, & Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Inc., Pi Alpha Omega Chapter) (2005); and a Living Legends Tribute
to Abby Lincoln.
SPELMAN COLLEGE – Atlanta, Georgia 1/00-1/06
Special Assistant to the President – Launched the Programmatic
Implementation of the first year of Spelman College’s Center
for Leadership and Civic Engagement and Year of the African Diaspora.
Design and Piloted the first Dialogue Across Difference courses
at an HBCU.
Lecturer – Course titles: Africans in the Diaspora and the
World, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, African-American
Film, Hip-Hop HerStory, Dialogue Across Difference.
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY – Atlanta, Georgia
Assistant Director of The Atlanta Project – Managed the development
of funds for programmatic operation and incoming grants. Researched
and initiated program and curricular development that supported
the development of linkages and partnerships between faculty, students,
neighborhood planning units, and non-profit organizations.
N F L – YOUTH EDUCATION TOWN - Atlanta, GA 8/99-8/01
Consultant – Developed the Intervention Model, Evaluation,
& Assessment for the Bondini Brown Project, SuperBowl Circa
Managing Director – Developed and managed a comprehensive
academic curriculum. Coordinated and supervised the identification
of risk factors and the development of strategic intervention plans.
Provided support to the Executive Director in the development and
implementation of the strategic planning process and quarterly employee
The Arts for Smarts Foundation – Designed the
“Fish Out of Water” Reading and Writing Curriculum and
trained Kansas City Librarians on how to implement the curriculum.
Philadelphia Housing Authority – Designed and
facilitated a training workshop for housing authority site tutors
entitled, “Teaching African-American Children in the Ways
that they Learn”.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Designed
and facilitated a workshop on multiculturalism and the cultural
significance of holidays.
Atlanta Public Schools – Frederick Douglass
High School, Thomas Glanton, Principal
225 Hamilton E Holmes Drive Northwest - Atlanta, GA 30318-7421
(school) - (404) 802-3100 - (cell) - (404) 877-2899
City of Atlanta – Office of the Mayor, Kasim
55 Trinity Avenue - Atlanta, GA 30303
(office) - (404) 330-6100
Spelman College - Center for Leadership and Civic
Jane Smith, Ph.D., Executive Director
350 Spelman Lane - Atlanta, Georgia 30314
(office) (404) 270-6070 - (cell/home) (404) 467-8996
Churchill Grounds Jazz Club
Sam Yi, Owner
660 Peachtree Street – Atlanta, GA 30308
(office) (404) 876-3030
Temple University – Department of Sociology,
Michelle Byng, Ph.D.
Gladfelter Hall- 7th Floor Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122
(office) (215) 204-7980 - (cell) (610) 304-6082