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National Chair 

During her childhood, Johnnetta Betsch Cole had the privilege and joy of being mentored by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.  As a lifetime member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), she also had the honor of working with Dr. Dorothy Irene Height.  Her passion for the work of NCNW is centered in her longstanding engagement in the struggle for social justice, a struggle that must include full equality for African American women.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and she currently serves as a co-chair of the Sorority’s National Arts and Letters Commission.  She is also a member of the Links, Inc.

Dr. Cole is a Principal Consultant with Cook Ross, Inc., a consulting firm in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is currently a Senior Consulting Fellow at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Dr. Cole served as the president of both historically Black colleges for women in the United States--Spelman and Bennett Colleges-- a distinction she alone holds.  She also served as Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  She has authored and edited several books and numerous articles for scholarly and general audiences.  She has received numerous awards, including a NCNW Uncommon Height Award and 68 honorary degrees.


Executive Director 


In her previous role as V.P. of the Citizenship Education Fund, Janice published a series of reports on diversity in Fortune 1000 firms based in the Southeastern U.S.  During her tenure with CEF, more than a dozen persons of color were added to corporate boards in the region.  She served on diversity advisory committees for both the Coca-Cola Company and Georgia Power. 


In 2015 she led a successful effort to establish a DBE program for state-funded Georgia Department of Transportation projects.  She helped Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. negotiate diversity pacts with Toyota, YUM! Brands and Intel.  

She served on the Rules Committee of the DNC and the national Board of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.  She was a delegate to the 1988 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions and is a member of the national Social Action Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. 

Janice and Davida Mathis host Sisters-in-law on News and Talk 1380 She earned degrees from Duke University in Economics and Public Policy and a Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.  She is the recipient of awards from Good Housekeeping, Delta Sigma Theta, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds’ Sister Talk, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

Janice has a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University, University of Georgia  and Juris Doctorate from University of Georgia School of Law

Janice was married to Harry Johnson, has two adult children; three grandchildren.  She teaches Sunday School and is on the building committee at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.




Johnnetta Betsch Cole



Thelma T. Daley

Dawna Michelle Fields

Helena Johnson

Ariana Brazier - Young Adult Vice Chair



Beverly Beavers Brooks


Recording Secretary

Courtney Benet Lattimore

Sandra Young - Asst. Recording Secretary


Parliamentarian Emerita

Peola Himes Mccaskill



Loretta S. Tillery



Brenda Anderson (CA)

Diane Larché (GA)

Loretta Gray (OH)

Regina Majors (IN)

Kieanna Childs Alexander (NJ)  

Olivia Smith (NJ)

Valerie Hall (NY)  


2020/2022 Elections Committee

Jacqueline Bruessard

Kimberly Campbell Shields

Arion Jamerson

Janice Taylor

Gena Watson

Yolanda Lathern

Deborah Tucker Barrow


2020/2022 Nominating Committee
Latisha Hazell
Gwen Jarvis
Rosalyn Matthews
Rose McKay
Lauren Poteat
Toi Quick
Carolyn Tibbs

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