John H. Eaves, PhD
Dr. John Eaves’ career is a demonstration of leadership in action. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Eaves came to Georgia as a Freshman at Morehouse College as a walk-on to the football team and rose to be a 4-year letterman and team captain by his Senior Year. While at Morehouse, John received local and national recognition for his volunteerism in Atlanta Public Schools.
Dr. Eaves got his first experience in politics while volunteering with his Uncle Reginald Eaves’ campaign for Mayor of Atlanta. Following his graduation from Morehouse, John served as National Director of the NCAA Volunteer for Youth Program and then the Southeast Regional Director of the Peace Corps. In 2006, he achieved his dream of public service by getting elected as Chairman of Fulton County–Georgia’s most populous county. During his 11-year tenure, Dr. Eaves established a reputation as a staunch advocate on Healthcare, Transportation, Voting, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Reform.
Dr. Eaves is an active member of the Jewish community in Atlanta. He frequently speaks and writes about his “Black and Jewish” heritage. He is the former Chair, Racial Justice Committee, the Rothschild Social Justice Institute, the Temple, Atlanta, Georgia, and he is a Board member of the American Jewish Committee Atlanta and the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. He has journeyed to Israel as a delegation member of Project Interchange in 2011 and has also visited family who lives in Rishon Zion.
Dr. Eaves holds a Masters Degree in Religion from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including two (2) Fulbright Awards in Germany and Finland, and an American Memorial Fellow. Dr. Eaves currently serves as Executive Director of the Global Youth Ambassadors program and Senior Instructor at Spelman College. John is a devoted father of two adult children. He lives in Atlanta.