MEET THE BOARD
Our dedicated team of experienced young professionals are ready to commit to our community. Each member utilizes their unique skills and passion to progress the work of our organization forward. We’re always pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect our initiatives.
RASHIDA WILLIAMSON, M.P.A
Founder, Chairman and Voter Education Committee Chair
Rashida founded New Freedom School (NFS) with the vision and drive to educate the African American community about American politics, and focus on developing the organization with experience and integrity. Ms. Williamson currently works for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as the External Affairs Project Assistant. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in History at Clark Atlanta University in May of 2018 as Cum Laude and finished her Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Governmental Administration at Kennesaw State University in May of 2021. She will be attending the University of Dayton to receive her Doctorate in Leadership for Organizations in 2024.
Her professional experience involves numerous working opportunities with national, state, and local politicians. On the national level, Rashida had the opportunity to work for the late Congressman John Lewis; U.S. Representative of the 5th Congressional District of Georgia, 115th U.S. Congress, under the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) during the summer of 2017. The state level provided an experience to work with Senator Michael 'Doc' Rhett; Georgia State Senate District 33rd, 153rd & 154th Georgia General Assembly, under the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) during the years of 2016 - 2018. Locally Rashida worked for Razor Solutions Group, which provided an apprenticeship as a Campaign Scheduler for Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell during the 2017 City of Atlanta Mayoral race and ignited as her career as the Campaign Field Coordinator, Office of former Senator Curt Thompson, Georgia State Senate District 5.
PATRICK HO, M.P.A
Vice Chairman and Political Advocacy Co-Committee Chair
Patrick Ho has retail, HR, legal and state and local government experience. Patrick was working from the age of 15 and worked part-time jobs throughout school to gain valuable experience that would benefit him greatly. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Political Science and Master of Public Administration. Patrick will be attending Law School to pursue his Juris Doctors in the Fall of 2021.
Patrick is currently the HR Generalist for a local municipality and the Chief of Staff for Former State Senator Curt Thompson of Gwinnett County. Patrick has quite the government experience that is beneficial as he also assisted Former State Senator David Shafer in the 2018 LT Governor race and previously, he was the Marketing Director for a Real Estate company dealing with landlord/tenant law, and he was also a Judicial Tech at the Cobb County Court system. Patrick brings many different views, insight and experience to the New Freedom School, and it is his hope to educate everyone on voting rights, legislation and ensure that everyone knows that your voice matters.
SARAH NESBIT, M.M., M.S.
Secretary and Political Advocacy Committee Co-Chair
Nesbit is a public servant, creative, and sustainability advocate from Columbia, SC. She is passionate about implementing diversity within the spaces where black women aren't traditionally represented. Sarah is a 2018 graduate from the College of Charleston, where she majored in Political Science with double minors in African American Studies and Dance. While in undergrad she worked on The Hill for Whip James Clyburn as a Congressional Black Caucus Emerging Leader Fellow for two consecutive summers. In addition to being a fellow, she was also a 2016 CBCF Spouses Scholarship recipient. After her undergraduate studies, Sarah studied in Paris, France within a dual masters program in business management through NC State University and The Skema Business School of Paris gaining international business expertise and studying ethical/sustainable business on a diversity grant. While in grad school she focused her work on ethical principles and rights for minority entrepreneurs.
After her graduate studies Sarah, hopped on the Warren for President Campaign and worked as an organizer in NH and NC. On the campaign trail she consistently advocated for access to education, climate policy, and small business reform. She is currently an associate within the Environmental Policy War Room at the Center for American Progress, in Washington, DC and sits on boards for 2 political advocacy organizations. In her spare time she runs her own sustainable fashion blog and voluntarily consults through her start up, The Protected Kollective LLC., for small minority businesses. She hopes to one day become an attorney focusing on Environmentalism and corporate sustainability breaking glass ceilings as a black woman in the legal field.