GCV Education Fund Board of Directors

Ontario Smith


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Ontario Smith is a political and external affairs specialist with more than than 15 years of experience navigating the challenging political and regulatory environments that face projects across the United States. 

Ontario has worked for Fortune 200 companies in a variety of capacities within analytical, policy and political organizations. Ontario’s career began at Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he led regulatory efforts related to ratemaking. Ontario transitioned into a role as principal local representative to the City and County of San Francisco where he led outreach and lobbying strategies with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and other City agencies. Ontario also worked at AT&T, in Atlanta, where he led external affairs in the Metro Atlanta region. 

In his current capacity as Managing Principal and Co-Founder at S2 Partners, Ontario works with clients across the country to enhance their relationships with local and state government officials, local stakeholders and organized labor. The S2 Partners team works to facilitate an environment where collaborative zoning, land use and workforce strategies are implemented, ensuring that important projects are designed, approved and constructed in diverse communities. 

Ontario is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

James Reilly


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James is a renewable energy investor and advocate based in Atlanta. He has 7+ years of experience in the clean energy / clean tech investment space. Recently he worked as a policy analyst with CleanCapital, a leading investment platform for distributed solar and storage with more than 200 MW across the US.

James is particularly interested in expanding access to solar for schools and non-profits. In partnership with Southface Institute and Creative Solar USA, James helped finance and develop a 126 kW solar + storage project for a K-12 school in Atlanta, helping it become the first school in the state to go 100% solar.

James serves on the boards of Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund, Georgia Solar Energy Association, and the Altamaha Riverkeeper. He has a BA and MA degree from Emory University and a MSc in Carbon Finance from University of Edinburgh. He and his wife live in Atlanta with their cat and dog. 

Jen Hilburn


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Jen was born and raised in Oregon and spent much of her childhood outdoors skiing, hiking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking and rafting the Pacific Northwest. She studied at Portland State University (OR), University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and recently completed her Master’s degree through a National Science Foundation-funded program at Miami University.

She has worked as an ornithologist in Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Italy, and San Clemente Island (San Diego). Before becoming Altamaha Riverkeeper, her last decade was spent on St. Catherines Island working primarily with shorebirds.

Jen says, “For many years, even working on the front-lines of conservation, I felt I wasn’t working at a big-picture level and I wanted to accomplish more. Now, protecting the largest watershed in Georgia, working in advocacy from Atlanta and Athens, through middle Georgia and to our unique Golden Isles, I go home satisfied and exhausted.”

Policy and Legislation changes often have the most reaching impact, and Jen believes it is an honor to serve on the GCVEF and support the Executive Director, Brionté, in her execution of our mission.

Dr. Treva Gear



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Dr. Treva Gear is the founder and chair of the Concerned Citizens of Cook County, a community grassroots organization in Adel, Georgia.  She is also the Georgia State Manager for Dogwood Alliance, an environmental organization that focuses on protecting southern forests and communities from industrial logging.  Dr. Gear is an Army veteran, an educator of 17 years, and a community organizer. She has run for political office in two election cycles. Dr. Gear ran for GA State House District 175 in 2018 and GA State Senate in 2020. She believes in being the change that she wants to see in the world and doesn’t mind “getting into good trouble.” Dr. Gear holds a doctorate in Adult and Career Education from Valdosta State University.

Aliegha Brigham Kemp


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A native of Burke County, Aliegha Kemp was born and raised in the Augusta area. Prior to her career as a Realtor she worked for the Richmond County Tax Commissioner’s Office as a Project Manager. Aliegha has a deep-rooted interest in the betterment of our community. As a locally grown individual, Aliegha has a vested interest in our youth, and for the past five years she has served as the administrator of the Youth Leadership Augusta program, a Board Member of Leadership Augusta and the YMCA. She believes in staying humble and grounded always reminding those she meets that she is just a country girl looking to make an impact on the world around her. Aliegha is also an affiliate of Georgia WAND and a member of the Burke Archway Housing Committee.

Eboni Preston Goddard, PhD


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Led by a call to action, Eboni is a management professional with a background in non-profit administration, program operations, partnerships, advocacy, and workforce development. She has spent the last decade working with public land management agencies on youth programs, DEI programming and facilitation, community engagement, recruitment, inclusive hiring practices, and volunteer engagement. She currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director and National Park Service Diversity Lead for the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit committed to protecting and preserving our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations.

In addition to her service with the Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund, Eboni serves as a board member for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Next 100 Coalition, and the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education. She holds a BA from Duke University, an MSW from Columbia University, an MBA and MPA from Kennesaw State University, a certificate in business analytics from the Wharton School, and a PhD in public policy from Southern University and A&M College. In her free time, Eboni is an avid hiker, reader, and CrossFit enthusiast.

Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Jr.


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The Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Jr. is a Pastor, ecumenist, and social advocate and a rostered clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA),. He served as the Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission, based in Philadelphia assuming this role in 2019 after serving as the senior pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta as the first African-American pastor. Born in Nashville, TN, he developed his formative years and received training in Atlanta. He currently serves as the Interim Pastor at Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mcdonough, Georgia.
William is a 1998 graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in History and minored in Religion. His dedication to addressing world hunger and peace led him to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, as a Mickey Leland Intern in 1999. He pursued theological studies, earning his M.Div. from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse School of Religion, in 2002. Furthering his education, he obtained Masters of Theology from Emory University (2003) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (2005), and a Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership from Ashland Theological Seminary.
Known for his contributions to the African American Lectionary, the Huffington Post, and the History Channel on the Reformation, William has a diverse background. He served as an ELCA representative for ecumenical relations for the United Methodist Church and received the “Prophetic Voice” Award in 2016 from Faith in Public Life Washington, D.C. Actively involved in various organizations, he served on the ELCA Church Council, Lutheran World Federation Church Council(reelected in 2023), and served as the co-chair for Advocacy and Public Voice.
In addition to his pastoral roles, William has been involved in community service, having served as the Third Vice President of the Georgia NAACP. He was a facilitator to help servant leaders go into public office with New Politics.His dedication to service extends to his personal life, being married to Kedra Phillips-Flippin for over two decades, a nurse care manager, and together they are parents to one daughter, Shamel Emani. Committed to servant leadership, William’s mantra is drawn from Matthew 20:26, emphasizing the importance of being a servant to others.