A new talent strategy in Atlanta

Braven’s partnership with Spelman College is the first with a historically Black and all-women’s college. Spelman College has a long legacy of helping Black women achieve what was historically not always possible as a result of our country’s systemic racial and gender inequities. This partnership will further that legacy by ensuring Spelman students receive additional support to develop the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to launch careers that maximize their potential.

Our Atlanta Team

Che Watkins

Che Watkins

Che D. Watkins is the Executive Director – Atlanta for Braven. Ms. Watkins served as President & CEO of The Center for Working Families, a nonprofit focused on workforce development to create economic success for hard-working families and their children. Ms. Watkins has more than 30 years of experience in external affairs, public policy, business […]

Che D. Watkins is the Executive Director – Atlanta for Braven. Ms. Watkins served as President & CEO of The Center for Working Families, a nonprofit focused on workforce development to create economic success for hard-working families and their children.

Ms. Watkins has more than 30 years of experience in external affairs, public policy, business development, community engagement and development and finance. Ms. Watkins spent more than four years with the Metro Atlanta Chamber as Vice President of External Affairs where she leveraged her skills to develop relationships with local government officials, metro area Chambers, regional and community nonprofits, corporate leaders and other community voices.  She also managed the Chamber’s Greater Grady Task Force and served as Education and Campaign Manager for the 2012 Metro Atlanta Transportation Referendum that executed a $9 million voter education and advocacy effort to draw 300,000 voters to the polls to pass an $8 billion transportation referendum for the metro Atlanta region.

Ms. Watkins began her career with J.P. Morgan & Co. in Accounting before moving into client interfacing leadership positions at Bank of America and Wachovia.

Ms. Watkins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Spelman College and her MBA from New York University.

Jasmine Moorman

Jasmine Moorman

Program Manager – Recruitment and Workforce, Braven Atlanta

Jasmine Moorman is the Program Manager – Recruitment and Workforce for the Atlanta region. Jasmine has a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering from South Carolina State University and a Master of Education, Counselor Education, with an emphasis in Student Affairs. She joins us from the BMW Manufacturing Company where she worked with the BMW Scholars Program Recruiting Co-Op, Talent Programming and Training Group. She assisted management with the recruitment function across manufacturing associate-related majors and created diverse marketing and recruitment strategies including advertising plans, outreach, training and tracking to present at recruiting events for approximately 70 technical colleges and 30 high schools in Upstate South Carolina.

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Kristin Wyckoff Tidwell

Kristin Wyckoff Tidwell

Site Director, Braven Atlanta

Kristin Wyckoff Tidwell joined us on November 1st as the Inaugural Site Director for the Atlanta Region.  Kristin is a Spelman College alumna and worked in the Admissions Office at the College from 2001-2008.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and for over ten years she has counseled students of various ages through the college admissions and career process as the Director of College Prep Programs at Breakthrough Atlanta, an organization whose mission is to increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and get them into college ready to succeed.

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Roechelle Croskey

Roechelle Croskey

Roechelle Croskey is the Program Manager – Accelerator for the Atlanta region.  Roechelle has a Bachelor’s in Human Sciences from Mississippi State University and a Masters in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University.  Most recently she was a Program Manager with Fulton County Public Schools in Career and Technical Education – Human Services Pathway whose […]

Roechelle Croskey is the Program Manager – Accelerator for the Atlanta region.  Roechelle has a Bachelor’s in Human Sciences from Mississippi State University and a Masters in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University.  Most recently she was a Program Manager with Fulton County Public Schools in Career and Technical Education – Human Services Pathway whose goal is to increase student’s career interest in Human Services post-secondary career plans. As a Program Manager her passion was to empower underrepresented students from low-income families to acquire knowledge, resources, and education to live choice filled lives post-college.

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Taiesha Smith

Taiesha Smith

Program Manager – Accelerator, Braven Atlanta

Taiesha Smith is the Program Manager – Accelerator for the Atlanta region. Taiesha has a bachelor’s degree in History Education from Georgia State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mercer University, and a Doctorate in Education, Post-Secondary & Adult Learning from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Taiesha spent several years of advanced leadership and management in education developing teachers, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Her research background is in retention and persistence of African American students. She joins us from the University of Georgia where she was the Director of the Office of Experiential Learning.

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Contact the Atlanta Team

EMAIL che.watkins@bebraven.org.

 

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