WHO WE ARE
Georgia Conservation Voters Team
Brionte has spent her career training activists, advancing equity and inclusion in the environmental movement, and organizing grassroots voters. She formerly served as the director of engagement at EcoDistricts, and before that, as the Georgia Sierra Club assistant director.
Brionte’s love of the Georgia environment grew from a striking moment in her childhood:
“When I was ten years old, my family and I got in our car and drove away from our military base in the hot, dry Mojave Desert to start a new life in Warner Robins Georgia. I will never forget waking up in the car after four long days of travel and being blown away by the view outside of my window of Georgia’s thick, green forests blanketing the landscape as far as the eye could see. Before that moment, I had only seen so many trees in textbooks. It was this experience that ignited a fire in me to love, explore and protect the environment.”
HR and Operations Manager
Hello, my name is Georgia Milteer and I was born in Honolulu, HI. Being a military child, we moved to Georgia when I was 3. We lived in Valdosta, GA for 5 years before moving to Warner Robins, GA. When I graduated from high school in 2010, I moved up to Atlanta and have lived here ever since. Since graduating from Park University in 2016 with my BA in Business Administrative Science: Management, I have spent 5 years of my career working in administrative roles for different companies.
My love for the Georgia environment began at a young age. My most vivid memories stem from my childhood. My grandparents were school teachers who would visit every summer and Christmas. During the summers, we would visit several places in Georgia such as Ocmulgee Mounds National Park, Okefenokee Swamp, High Falls State Park and the Callaway Gardens, to name a few. My grandfather was a science teacher so many of the trips were lessons about nature. He also would stress the importance of why we should protect and take care of nature. The beauty of these sites always left me in awe, and I developed a great appreciation for nature.
I want to use my professional experiences as well as her personal ones to help the GCV team succeed in promoting conservation and equity for all.
Joe is a native Atlantan and life-long Georgian serving as Development Director for Georgia Conservation Voters. Joe grew up in Atlanta’s Ormewood Park neighborhood and graduated from North Atlanta High School, after which he studied English and Professional Communications at Southern Polytechnic State University.
For a decade, Allie has advocated for progressive issues and candidates by building grassroots campaigns, training large teams of organizers, and working with diverse coalitions across the Southeast.
Allie fell in love with Atlanta’s green spaces at an early age, walking throughout forests in the city and later backpacking and camping in north Georgia. At the University of Georgia, she was introduced to the power of organizing when she joined a group of students to advocate for the shutdown of an outdated and dirty coal boiler on campus.
After college she spent seven years leading clean energy advocacy campaigns with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, successfully opening up access to solar power through a statewide Florida ballot campaign in 2016. Allie then made the pivot to support environmental champions in the 2020 election cycle, serving as the Field Director for Warren for President and Debbie for Congress.
When she’s not working on campaigns, Allie can be found cheering on her favorite Atlanta sports teams and exploring new hiking trails with her dog Tunji.
Atlanta Metro Native, Mia Delamar has led a career and lifestyle dedicated to scholarship and service. As a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, she began her pre-political journey as the Chair of Policy Review in the SGA. Throughout her matriculation at Belmont, Mia went on to become the second black Parliamentarian under the first black president of the SGA. From there she became an Organizer for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and an Organizer for the Democratic Party of Georgia. During these campaigns while helping to elect the President and two key Senators of Georgia, Mia found her passion for the political sector and striving to help constituents have their voice heard.
For the three years, where she first began as an intern, Mia has worked at The Delamar Firm LLC, a Metro-Atlanta area law firm which specializes in small business litigation, family law and estate planning, Mia served as Senior Legal Assistant to the Managing Attorney.
As a classically trained musician and dancer, commercially trained vocalist, Mia is a professional recording artist, writer and choreographer. She also is an actress who believes in the importance of The Arts. One of her mottos is to “Fail Forward”. She wants to prove that you can have a successful career in entertainment and also fight for causes you believe in that make a difference in people’s everyday lives.
Mia loves the beach and frequents one of Georgia’s close kept treasures, Tybee Island. She believes keeping the environment healthy and clean helps keep Georgia’s natural wonders beautiful for generations to come.
Doug Teper is a native of Atlanta and attended public schools in DeKalb County, Georgia. Acquiring an early interest in politics, he ran for student government association president at the University of Georgia and graduated with a political science degree from Georgia State University.
Working on multiple political campaigns and environmental issues, Doug ended up with then newly elected Congressman John Lewis in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a National Field Coordinator on Energy and Environment for the Union of Concerned Scientists, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Environmental Policy Institute.
Doug then came home to successfully run for the Georgia House of Representatives where he served eight terms for sixteen years in the General Assembly. Doug later worked for the U.S. Department of State as a Governance Specialist in Iraq for two and a half years. Doug enjoys camping as well as advocating on behalf of the environment.
Wan R. Smith is an Activist and Planning Strategist who works in solidarity with neighborhoods, faith communities and non-profit orgs to manifest their power and shift outcomes for wholistic liberation. For the past 4 years, energy democracy has been her focus and she has built coalitions and steered human-to-human education efforts throughout Georgia and across the American South to advance equity for Black and marginalized communities.
Deborah Opie is a passionate leader who uses ideation to engage communities, build faith-based partnerships, and communicate concepts. She is an AmeriCorps Alum who has served over 4000 hours as a volunteer in the Atlanta Public School System. She has spent two decades teaching transformational leadership to local community leaders and pastors in Kenya.
She has a BA in Political Science from Winston-Salem State University and attended Beulah Heights University as a Theological Student from 2012-2015. Deborah appreciates the opportunity to engage, equip, and empower communities through education.
Chassidy is a native of the metro Atlanta area. She moved to Savannah, GA in 2004 upon enrolling at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she received her BFA in Historic Preservation, including a minor in Architecture, in 2008. Chassidy joined the Georgia Conservation Voters team in 2021 and serves as its Community Organizer.
Chassidy brings with her 10+ years of non-profit professional experience concentrated in organizational development, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning and volunteer program management. Chassidy is active within the Savannah community and serves on various boards and committees notably, Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) and the Savannah Downtown Neighborhood Association. She is a recent graduate of the 2020 Leadership Savannah Program.
Her extensive knowledge and appreciation of Georgia’s environmental and vernacular history; commitment to protecting the natural treasures of her home state; coupled with her excitement at building broad community alliances will aid in strengthening Georgia Conservation Voters statewide impact.
My name is Tish Naghise and I am the Engagement Organizer. My journey as a Community Service Advocate began 13 years ago when I was selected to be a Fellows Organizer in 2008 for a national candidate. I was a dedicated volunteer to help with the Affordable Health Care Act by going to beauty and barber shops, and door to door to get constituents to sign a petition to send to Congress to pass the bill. The ACA passed. I received the Servant Leadership Award from State Senator Seay for my community work. I enjoy working in the community to ensure the community is informed of political issues, environmental issues, and voter rights. I received my BA from Clayton State University (2010) and I sit on the Alumni Board. I am a Certified Fraud Examiner and Paralegal and I have been appointed to be the Co-Chair of VP Al Gore Climate Reality Project Atlanta Chapter.
Abraham Park is Georgia Conservation Voters’s Communications Manager. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College in 2013 and an M.A. from the University of Georgia in 2017.
Growing up, Abraham was always interested in helping preserve the natural lands and habitats. Memorable childhood experiences included visits to National Parks like Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite.
As a college student, Abraham worked as a camp counselor in northern Wisconsin and was privileged with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like seeing the Aurora Borealis and canoeing through the Boundary Waters. These experiences only reinforced his determination to help preserve and maintain America’s rugged wilderness for future generations to experience.
Abraham wants to use his professional experiences alongside his personal ones to help promote conservation and equity for all.
Miles Sager is a visual artist and documentarian currently living and working in Atlanta.
Trained in film and video production at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, he has worked as a Digital Producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network and a Producer for the Dollar Shave Club. Sager’s documentary work has been featured in Esquire Magazine, High Times, UpWorthy, and Tastemade. Recently, he has become interested in using film and visual arts to impact change within the community, producing a series of safe spaces where individuals can come and open up specifically about their mental health challenges.
Winner of multiple directorial awards including at the 2019 Miami Independent Film Festival, Miles’ work hopes to make viewers look inward and motivate them to spread positive action within their own communities.
Alexis Greenblatt is a recent graduate of Emory University who is passionate about the intersection of voting rights and environmental advocacy. During her time at Emory she registered thousands of students to vote and was very involved with the school’s Fair Fight U and Young Democrats chapters. In 2020, Alexis was the Communications Director for Connie DiCicco’s campaign for State House in Marietta. This campaign opened Alexis’s eyes to the world of local politics in Georgia, and showed her that we need to elect outstanding candidates all the way down the ballot to ensure that all Georgians can live in a clean, thriving environment. She is excited about working towards a more progressive future and sustainable environment in the South.
In her free time, Alexis loves to go to Sofar Sounds concerts and be outside – she is especially passionate about chasing down a good sunset. She hopes her work will help to amplify GCV’s message to Georgians of all ages and backgrounds.