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 26 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. Former 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.

Before joining DECAL, Commissioner Jacobs served as Senior Policy Adviser for the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB). She began her career at OPB in 2001 in the planning, research, and evaluation division focusing on strategic planning and program evaluation. Also while at OPB, she served as director of the Education Division and the General Government Division. Before that, she worked for two years in the Georgia Court of Appeals.

The Commissioner serves on the Georgia Children’s Cabinet (Co-chair), the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel, the Promising All Atlanta Children Thrive Advisory Board, and the boards of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (Board Chair); Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning (Board Chair); and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Executive Children's Cabinet

Candice Broce
Georgia Department of Human Services and the Division of Family & Children Services
Jerry Bruce
Georgia Office of the Child Advocate (OCA)
Shawanda Reynolds-Cobb
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
Greg Dozier
Technical College System of Georgia
Joy Hawkins
Governor's Office of Student Achievement
Richard Woods
Georgia Department of Education
Amy M. Jacobs
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Eric J. John
Council of Juvenile Court Judges of GA
Jay Neal
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Russel Carlson
Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH)
Kevin Tanner
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Kathleen E. Toomey
Georgia Department of Public Health