Georgia celebrated her eleven year anniversary as Executive Director of Our House on September 1, 2016. Under her leadership, Our House has enjoyed dramatic growth in its programs, budget, staff, facilities, client volume, and mission impact. Georgia was named “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” in 2011, and Our House was named “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” in 2015. Our House is increasingly recognized as a model program, contributing to national conversations around homelessness, garnering national news coverage, and attracting investments from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and many other out-of-state funders. Georgia recently led a process to develop a comprehensive strategic plan for Our House’s next five years, with the goal of building on this momentum and increasing Our House’s impact. Our House empowers homeless and near-homeless families and individuals to succeed in the workforce, in school, and in life through hard work, wise decision-making, and active participation in the community. Active in our community, Georgia serves on a variety of boards, is a foster and adoptive parent, and has become very involved in bettering our state’s foster care system. She is married to Dominik Mjartan, CEO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners. Together, they have three children all under the age of three.
Georgia holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a master’s degree in Public Affairs and Political Communications from the University of Ulster in the UK, and a post-graduate diploma from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Georgia was one of twelve Americans awarded the George J. Mitchell Scholarship for graduate study on the island of Ireland, and, in recognition of her achievements in the field of affordable housing, she was awarded the Fannie Mae Fellowship to attend Harvard’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.