Julia Neighbors is the Director of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development at Georgia State University’s School of Public Health. Prior to her work with PCA Georgia, she advocated for children and families through work in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors for almost two decades. Her experience includes work with court appointed special advocates around Georgia, community revitalization efforts, and as a senior attorney with the Fulton County Office of the Child Advocate.
Most recently, Ms. Neighbors served as the project manager for JUST Georgia, a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals who successfully advocated for the passage of Juvenile Justice Reform in the Georgia General Assembly. Apart from her legal expertise, Ms. Neighbors has extensive experience in resource development, coalition building, and program management.
In addition to her role as Director of PCA Georgia, Ms. Neighbors was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to the Board of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice to represent congressional district 5. Ms. Neighbors holds a Law Degree from Emory University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Michigan.
After being introduced to the HDDC in 1995 by a friend who moved into the neighborhood, Ms. Neighbors became inspired by his enthusiasm for the community and the work the organization was doing, rebuilding a community, block-by-block, with affordable housing and historic preservation. That enthusiasm continued in 2001, when she decided that the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District was where she wanted to live and raise her family.