Ermis Zayas has joined Georgia Justice Project (GJP) as the newest Director of Development! Zayas will oversee fundraising operations for the organization including individual giving, foundation and corporate support, and special events. She brings more than a decade of experience to GJP, heading a variety of development efforts in the fields of housing, HIV/AIDS, environmental stewardship, sustainability and criminal justice reform.
Most recently, Zayas was the development program manager for Southface Energy Institute, where she led a campaign that helped grow membership by almost 70 percent in 2018. Prior to her position at Southface, she was development director for the Georgia Conservancy and served as the institutional giving manager at Jerusalem House. Her experience also includes work with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Star Asia International and the DeKalb Rape Crisis Center.
A native of Puerto Rico, Zayas has lived in Atlanta for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., and a later master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She resides in Midtown Atlanta.
“As the Georgia Justice Project strives to expand our outreach and advocacy initiatives, we’re so pleased that Ermis will lead the charge for development,” said GJP Executive Director Douglas Ammar. “Her expertise not only in fundraising but in non-profits and building greater grassroots support will be extremely valuable in helping us maximize our impact throughout the state.”