About Us

First Lady Marty Kemp

Honorary Chair

Marty Kemp is a small business owner, community volunteer, wife, and mother of three daughters. A graduate of Clarke Central High School and the University of Georgia, Marty began her business career at her family’s travel agency, World Wide Travel. She later joined her husband, Brian Kemp, at Kemp Development and Construction Company where the couple developed numerous projects throughout the region.

Married for twenty-six years, the Kemps have three daughters - Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter. While raising their girls, Marty Kemp has served as a substitute teacher, pre-school teacher, and volunteer at their school. The Kemp Family is active in their community. They are also long-standing members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, where Marty served on the vestry and as a Junior Warden.

Joy Hawkins


Governor Brian Kemp appointed Joy to serve as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement in January 2019. Before coming to Governor Kemp’s team, Joy served as the director of Literacy For All, a donor-advised initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Over the past 20 years, Joy has served in Governor Sonny Perdue’s Office as policy adviser and deputy COO; as vice president of education for the Metro Atlanta Chamber; and as the Georgia Student Finance Commission VP and Executive Director of the REACH Georgia Foundation.

She has two grown children and resides in Sandy Springs.

Amy M. Jacobs


Amy M. Jacobs is commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), the agency responsible for helping meet the early child care and education needs of hundreds of thousands of Georgia’s children and their families. Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to lead the department in June 2014. As DECAL Commissioner, Jacobs oversees an annual budget of more than $900 million for programs focused on child care licensing, subsidized child care, child and adult care nutrition, child care quality, and early childhood education, specifically Georgia’s Pre-K Program. She is a member of the Georgia’s Children’s Cabinet, the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel, the Alliance of Education Agency Heads, and the 2020 Complete Count Committee. She sits on the board of directors for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and is chair of the board for the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy.

Executive Children's Cabinet

Trey Bennett
Deputy Executive Counsel, Office of the Governor
Candice Broce
Chief Operations Officer, Office of the Governor
Jerry Bruce
Georgia Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)
Greg Dozier
Commissioner, Technical College Systems of Georgia
Judy Fitzgerald
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Joy Hawkins
Governor's Office of Student Achievement
Gerlda B. Hines
Commissioner of the Department of Human Services (DHS)
Amy Jacobs
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Eric John
Council of Juvenile Court Judges
Jay Neal
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Caylee Noggle
Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH)
Tyrone Oliver
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Tom Rawlings
Division of Family of Children Services
Kathleen E. Toomey
Georgia Department of Public Health
Richard Woods
Georgia Department of Education