Staff Leadership

Mike Beatty

President & CEO, Great Promise Partnership, Inc.

August 1, 2013 was Mike Beatty’s first day on his new adventure. He retired from service to the state, as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, on July 31st. He now leads the non-profit organization, Great Promise Partnership, developed during his tenure at DCA as a partnership to address persistent poverty and workforce development needs around the state.

He was appointed to serve as Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs by Governor Sonny Perdue in June 2003 and reappointed to serve by Governor Nathan Deal in January 2011. Known for his leadership skills in education, business and government, Commissioner Beatty’s background provided him a unique perspective of the challenges facing our state’s local communities.

Prior to his service as DCA Commissioner, Mike Beatty worked as an educator and businessman. As an educator, Commissioner Beatty taught history and coached football for eight years in Northeast Georgia schools. As a businessman, he and his wife Judy started and operated several small businesses, including a poultry and cattle farm.

His initial government service was as an elected leader. As a state legislator, Commissioner Beatty served northeast Georgia in both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate. During his tenure in the Georgia General Assembly, his hard work on numerous issues was recognized by his constituents and several organizations, including the Georgia Family Council and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Lori Heemann

Executive Director, Great Promise Partnership, Inc.

Lori has been with GPP from the planning stages of the initiative. Before GPP, Lori was a Field Operations Specialist for the not-for-profit Communities in Schools of Georgia and more recently, the Learn and Serve Coordinator for the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism. Lori started her career in education as a public high school teacher in Chicago and Atlanta. She earned a BA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MEd at DePaul University in Chicago.

Governing Board

Simon Bloom

Vice Chairman – Partner, Bloom Sugarman

Brian Cooksey

Director, Center of Operational Excellence, Shaw Industries

Ann Cramer

Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry and Associates

Advisory Board