My name is Becky Evans, and I am excited, humbled, and honored to be the Representative Elect for Georgia House District 83, to be sworn into office in January 2019.
My husband David and I have raised our three adult children here, all of whom attended Druid Hills High School, and we love our community. As a 25-year resident of DeKalb County, I have dedicated my life to leading through service as a nonprofit founder, political aide, volunteer, advocate, and mother. I want to take my passion for service and leadership to represent us at the Capitol.
From my parents, I learned early the importance of service to others and advocating for the vulnerable. My passion for bringing people together comes from my father – he was a Methodist Minister, New Testament Professor, and civil rights activist in Dallas, Texas. His legacy of bridging faiths, races, and cultures, by advocating for economic and social justice, is a profound influence on me. My mother was a preschool teacher and a realtor. Between the two of them, I learned the importance of compassion, community, and collaborative problem solving.
I graduated from Emory University with a political science degree, and then worked for 11 years as an educator and project manager with HBO and Company, a healthcare technology company.
My family is active at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, where we have been members for 30 years. I’m also a founder of the nonprofit called the Druid Hills Athletic Association, a school-wide booster club that broadens support for athletics at Druid Hills High School and Middle School, which just celebrated its ten-year anniversary. I am proud of how we worked together to build stronger, more inclusive schools.
I coordinated Kathie Gannon’s campaign for election as DeKalb Super District Commissioner in 2012. For the past three years, I have served as State Senator Elena Parent’s Aide on Local Issues. I was an active volunteer in the 2008 and 2012 Organizing for America campaigns, and in Michelle Nunn’s 2014 bid for US Senate. I attended the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and wore a pink hat knit by my mother-in- law. All of these women have inspired me to get more involved in politics and to model their thoughtful leadership.
I have served my community in many ways:
Volunteer and leader in my children’s public schools for 18 years (1995 – 2013)
Co-Chair of Global Mission Committee at N. Decatur Presbyterian Church (2012 – present)
Founder and former President of Druid Hills Athletic Association (2007 – 2013)
Steering Committee member for the Haiti EcoVillage School Partnership, which is building a self-sustaining school in rural Haiti (2014 – present)
DeKalb Green Commission Advisory Board (2009 – 2012)
Board member of Druid Hills Civic Association (2007 – present)
Board member of Emory Village Alliance (2010 – present)
Member of Druid Hills Tour of Homes Planning Committee (2003 – present)
Chair of Open Streets Emory Village (2017)
Community Development Chair for Burbanck Park (2006 – 2009)
Community Development Chair for Emory Village Plaza (2010-2013)
Girl Scout Troop Leader (2001 – 2007)
Advocate for Presbyterians for a Better Georgia (2014 – present)
Advocate for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (2013 – present)
One thing has stayed with me ever since my last year at Emory, when I was fortunate to be a member of the first class of interns at the Carter Center. My husband and I have supported the Carter Center’s transformative work for the past two decades, and President Carter is a life-long role model. He said, quoting his beloved teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, “we must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”
I am humbled and honored to be our Representative Elect and look forward to going to work for us at the State Capitol in January.