2013 WEL Keynote Speaker
John H. Eaves, Ph.D
Chairman, Fulton County, Georgia
(District 1, at-large)
John H. Eaves, Ph.D. is in his second term as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission, representing District 1, which consists of the entire county. John was born in Jacksonville, Florida but considers Atlanta his home. He attended Morehouse College where he excelled in academics and football and where he fell in love with the Atlanta community and the state of Georgia. In his continued pursuit of education John’s studies led him to Yale University’s Divinity School and the University of South Carolina where he attained a doctorate degree in Education. He was also the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships.
Before entering politics, John’s career took him through the halls of academia and subsequently to a post as the Southeast Regional Director of the Peace Corps. He was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively through these positions. He has visited more than 50 countries and has gained a wealth of knowledge on cultures, ethnicities and religions worldwide. He has brought this knowledge to Fulton County in the form of an economic and cultural partnership with the Brazilian state of Bahia.
As Chairman of the Fulton County Commission, John is a firm believer in fiduciary responsibility, accountability and efficient operations. He plays a highly active role in the Fulton County Budget Commission, enabling the County to maintain over $50 million in reserves. He has not raised the General Fund tax base during his tenure.
Focusing on the diversity and expansiveness of our county, John developed the Fulton County Economic Division to create jobs; and retain, revitalize and attract businesses. He also created three joint commissions between Fulton and DeKalb Counties on Transportation, Housing and Healthcare.
Under John’s leadership, Fulton County has developed two crucial youth initiatives: The START Program aimed at encouraging academic achievement and high school graduation, and the Fulton County Youth Commission/Global Youth Leadership Program. Since 2008, Fulton County Global Youth Ambassadors have traveled to South Africa, Germany, Turkey, Brazil and China where they have interacted with institutions, politics and people of the region.
Among his many honors, John was recently appointed Chair of the Justice and Safety Sub-Committee and Vice-Chair of the International Economic Development Committee for the National Association of Counties. (NACO) He is also a published author and professional speaker.
When not working for the County, John is an Executive Consultant with TalentQuest, where he provides leadership training and executive coaching. He is married to Cheryl Regina Eaves and is the proud parent of three children.