Joy Lampley-Fortson, Esq. Executive Director

Joy Lampley-FortsonJoy Lampley-Fortson is the Executive Director and Administrator of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. In March 2017, Governor Nathan Deal appointed her to lead the agency. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lampley-Fortson served as an Assistant Chief Counsel with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel, where she represented the Department before the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) and the Board of Immigration Appeals for ten years (2007 – 2017). For six years (2001 – 2007), Ms. Lampley-Fortson served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta, Georgia). As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she practiced in federal court where she focused on prosecutions that ranged from white-collar crime to violent crime and litigated numerous appellate matters before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Lampley-Fortson was an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Atlanta Solicitor’s Office. She served the City as a prosecutor for more than three years (1997 – 2001).

Ms. Lampley-Fortson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1996.

Ms. Lampley-Fortson has held numerous leadership roles in the legal community including the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), a voluntary bar association comprised of more than 800 attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. Her service and leadership in GABWA has spanned more than a decade including: GABWA President (2008); Founding Committee Member, GABWA Professional Development Academy (2008); Dean, GABWA Professional Development Academy (2011 – 2015); GABWA President-Elect (2007); Chair of the GABWA Scholarship Foundation (2005 and 2006); President of the GABWA Foundation (2006 and 2007); GABWA Parliamentarian (2002).

Ms. Lampley-Fortson’s involvement in the community-at-large is extensive and demonstrates her commitment to leadership and service. She previously served on the Scottdale Child Development Center Board of Directors (2004-2007), the GABWA Professional Development Academy Founding Committee (2007-2008), the Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Board of Directors (2013-2015), the Leadership Atlanta Criminal Justice & Public Safety Program Committee (2013 Co-Chair, Criminal Justice & Public Safety Program), and the Georgia Commission on Interpreters (2011-2015). Additionally, by virtue of an appointment by Governor Deal in April 2015, she represented the 13th Congressional District as a Commissioner for the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Ms. Lampley-Fortson’s leadership extends across the State of Georgia in numerous statewide organizations. Currently, she is the 2017 Chair of the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees. In 2016, she served as the President of the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees. She also serves on the State Bar of Georgia Local & Voluntary Bars Committee (Chair), State Bar of Georgia Committee on Professionalism (Past Chair), the Supreme Court Justices’ Commission on Professionalism, and is a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Access, Fairness, and Public Trust and Confidence Committee. She is a Master in the Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court and a graduate of both Leadership Georgia and Leadership Atlanta.

Ms. Lampley-Fortson has been recognized in the Atlanta Business Chronicle Power Book: Who’s Who in Atlanta Business and was the recipient of the 2013 Multi-Bar Leadership Council Seth Kirshenbaum Diversity Award and the 2013 Spirit of GABWA Award.