Greg has led a life of courage and leadership with a spirit of passion and humility. His mission, to empower others while making lasting connections to do inspiring work.
"Not Failure, But Low Aim Is Sin."
- Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
21st Century Leaders: 30 for 30 Alumni Award Recipient
2020. 21st Century Leaders (21CL) “30 for 30 Alumni Award” celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary, recognized 30 of their top alumni, out of over 14,000 program participants. This diverse group of exceptional program alumni were recognized for leading the way in business, leadership, community, educational, and philanthropic endeavors. 21CL is a non-profit organization that connects, transforms, and inspires high school students across Georgia to leverage diversity, explore career opportunities, and become leaders in their schools, communities, and ultimately the workforce.
Esteemed, Whitney M. Young Service Award Recipient
2018. The national Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award is designed to recognize those individuals and corporations who have been instrumental in the development of Scouting for rural, urban, and suburban youth who often face challenging barriers. This award recognizes "unsung heroes," those who do exceptional service for disadvantaged youth. The Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Awards Luncheon is to secure community resources in support of the Scouting Program for at-risk youth and to provide experiences that develop self-esteem, character values, and living skills, thereby enhancing the lives of young people in disadvantaged areas of our community. Through my work as an assistant scout master, fundraiser through Friends of Scouting campaigns, and other community service efforts, I was honored to received this lifetime award.
Skyview High School Principal's Award Recipient
2018. The Principal's Award is given to the person throughout the school year that has gone over and beyond assisting the principal achieve his mission of leading the school, successfully. As the chair of the board for Skyview, I was honored to receive this recognition from an administrator I admire. In working extensively in education as a "supporter", I've learned that when we lean in and work together, we can accomplish anything. As a founding board member and now chairman for this school, I've seen how we are impacting the lives of those youth that need an extra hand, extra resources, and a nod of confidence to work to see their own goals through.
Principal William Strickland, East Point GA City Councilman Joshua Butler, and Greg Clay
Atlanta Board of Education: Equity Task Force Appointee
2019. As equity concerns continue to stay at the front-of-mind in the Atlanta community, I was humbled to be appointed to the Atlanta School Board's first Equity Taskforce. For several months we worked with elected officials, staff, community stakeholders, parents, and students to develop a framework to address equity concerns. In 2019, the Board of Education approved this historical legislation, making the way for additional conversations about how equity can shape discussions, resources, and ideas around student achievement. As Atlanta Public Schools begins a new chapter, I will continue to remain involved as a 10 year member of the CTAE District-wide Advisory Board, and through my Atlanta Speaks Initiative.
The Atlanta Board of Education and Equity Task Force Appointees.
Benjamin E. Mays High School Alumni Association
B.E. Mays High School is an Atlanta institution, responsible for maintaining a legacy of excellence in education in Southwest Atlanta. With many notable alumni, I served as the President of my class while attending, and became a part of the founding group to start the alumni association. Serving as the first president, I'm currently serving as the president for 2020-2021. With a goal to assist current students and teachers through our financial support and career connections, the association has became a pivotal part of the school support network. Visit the association's website to learn more about how you can support our efforts and support students of this great institution.
Celebrating the 2020 Graduates of Mays High School. (L to R) Tonjie Clark (Alumni Association Chaplain), JoAnna Potts (Native Atlanta Alliance), Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens, Mays Principal Mulanta Wilkins, Mays Student Kamden Dobbs, Atlanta City Councilwoman Andrea Boone, and Greg Clay
Friends of FAM, Inc. : Executive Board Member
An organization birthed out of our love for Florida A & M University, the Friends of FAM has raised over $100,000 in scholarships supporting student cohort groups attending FAMU from metro Atlanta. The hosts of Be Out Day Atlanta, Friends of FAM is one of the organizations that I truly love, as we are honoring our school while supporting future rattlers and Alumni. If you are passionate about supporting the HBCU experience or students' future at the collegiate level, we would love to have your support. Visit our website, here.
Group photo from Be Out Day 2019 at Atlanta's Central Park
Commitment to Mentoring & Youth Development
As an at-promise teen, it was Greg's relationship with mentors and counselors that helped guide his vision for himself and those around him. The assistance from mentors helped to aid his development along with a family and support system that chose to continue it's path of love and support. With the understanding that mentorship and sponsorship are critical in helping our youth, Greg has always believed that mentorship is necessary and promotes others to become mentors in their own communities.
Greg with his "Little" through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and BBBS CEO Kwame Johnson