Eshé P. Collins (Chair)
Ms. Eshé P. Collins serves as Chair of the Atlanta Board of Education and represents District 6. She was elected to the Atlanta Board of Education in 2013 and reelected in 2017 and 2021. An Atlanta native, attorney and former teacher in Atlanta Public Schools, Ms. Collins’s work within urban settings has been the combination of her classroom, policy and legal experience. It was her classroom experience, at A.D. Williams Elementary School, that inspired her to enter a career in non-profit management, educational policy and law.
Currently, Ms. Collins serves as Senior Director of Programs for Jumpstart, a national, early education non-profit, where she works with organizations and communities to provide high-quality early education to all children. Prior to Jumpstart, Ms. Collins clerked for the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. of the North Carolina Court of Appeals (now 4th Circuit Court of Appeals) and served as a Policy Analyst with the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Also, Ms. Collins worked in Cape Town, South Africa, where she helped refugee women and children access quality services and enrollment in local schools and communities.
In pursuit of her passion, Eshé earned a B.A. in Psychology from Spelman College, M.S. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University and J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Eshé is a member of Leadership Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Leadership Institute, Outstanding Atlanta and Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She is a recipient of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40, Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40, Georgia State University’s 40 Under 40, Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice and the Andrew and Walter Young YMCA’s Innovative Woman in Education award.