For 20 years, Allyson Gevertz has focused on improving DeKalb County and the public school system. After working as a School Psychologist for Gwinnett County Public Schools, Allyson began community advocacy work in DeKalb. She focused on sexual assault prevention in positions ranging from hotline volunteer to Board of Directors Chair for Day League (formerly DeKalb Rape Crisis Center). As President of the Junior League of DeKalb County, Allyson joined Leadership DeKalb and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Her passion for children led to work on the Partnership for Community Action Board, the DeKalb Juvenile Court Judicial Citizens Review Panel, and the Board of Directors for DeKalb County DFCS.
In addition to extensive parent involvement stemming from having two children in DeKalb County Schools, she has spent many years focused on public education advocacy. She has served in various positions on local school PTAs and School Councils, eventually chairing the regional Emory LaVista Parent Council and DeKalb Chamber’s eduKALB.
In 2013, she collaborated with other parent council leaders to form Parent Councils United, a county-wide grassroots advocacy group focused on educational excellence for all DeKalb students. Consistent with her school psychology background, she also is focused on issues impacting students' mental health. In 2016, she chaired the DeKalb Education-SPLOST campaign. That initiative passed by 71% and will provide over $500 million in improvements to DeKalb schools.
Allyson hopes to bring her collaboration and bridge-building skills to the DeKalb Board of Education. She would like to see stronger partnerships between education leaders, government officials, and the business community.