Allison Leach, Director and co-Chair, 159 Georgia Together, oversees the operational units of this 501(c)4 organization dedicated to promoting progressive values and facilitating grassroots activism throughout the state. Working at the local, state and federal levels, she and the team partner with other progressive organizations to improve the lives of Georgians in all 159 counties. Allison is dedicating 100 percent of her time to political advocacy through organizations like 159 Georgia Together and the Human Rights Campaign. She joined the resistance because she could see that she benefits “from a system that excludes others, and if I do not seek to change it, then I am complicit. As the richest nation in the world, we should be ashamed not to educate our children, provide shelter to our poor, and care for our sick.” Her early career was spent working for a Fortune 100 company, where she developed skills in sales, management, training and teamwork. Leach holds B.A. in communications and media studies, as well as a M.S. in global development and technology from Arizona State University. Her academic research focused on examining how female presidential candidates are framed by the U.S. media to determine if it varies from other international agencies. Her goal was to examine why there have been some female leaders elected as head of state in some countries but not others. Leach and her wife, Julie, moved to Atlanta in 2012 and are passionate about being in the heart of the progressive movement to effect needed change in Georgia.