Young Professionals Council

Join Our YPC and help support our work for increased justice.

In 2008, Georgia Appleseed launched its Young Professionals Council (YPC) to engage professionals aged 39 and under in our systemic social justice work. The Georgia Appleseed YPC has spearheaded two signature projects: the Heirs Property Project and the Student Tribunal Project. To learn more about these projects, please see our initiatives pages.

The Georgia Appleseed YPC offers its volunteers opportunities to develop their careers, exercise leadership, and expand their professional networks. The President of the YPC serves as a member of the Georgia Appleseed Board of Directors in an Ex-Officio capacity. To learn more about the YPC and ways to get involved, please contact Ross Burris.

YPC Bylaws >>

Officers FY2017

Alison Ballard- Taylor English Duma LLP

President: Alison Ballard (Taylor English Duma LLP)

Secretary: Rachel Platt (Platt Family Law)

Treasurer: Ranjana Ramchandran (EY)

President Elect: Ross Burris (Polsinelli P.C.)

Past Presidents

2015-2016: Craig Friedman (Jones Day)

2014-2015: D. Pearson Beardsley (Beardsley P.C.)

2013-2014: Eric Fisher (Taylor English Duma LLP)

2012-2013: Scott Bryant (Hutchison PLLC)

2011-2012: Lauren Zeldin (Ogletree Deakins)

2010-2011: Jessica McKinney (GE Energy Management)

2008-2010: Jason Carter (Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP)

YPC Committees

Public School Discipline Hearing Representation: Co-Chairs- Landan Ansell, Craig Friedman, Stan Hill, and Rachel Platt

Outreach and Recruiting: Co-Chairs- Ross Burris, Ebony Mobley, and Suhail Seth

Events: Co-Chairs- Rachael Zichella and Cam Ellis

YPC Initiatives

The Georgia Appleseed YPC has spearheaded two signature projects – the Heir Property Project and the Student Tribunal Project.

YPC Executive Committee

The full FY17 YPC Executive Committee list.

Join YPC

YPC offers great opportunities for professional & leadership development and networking. To join, send your name, contact info, and other pertinent information to Ross Burris ( Please designate in what way you are interested in getting involved, e.g. volunteering, donating, hosting an event, etc.