Georgia A. Mjartan

Georgia A. Mjartan

University of Arkansas

Ulster University, Jordanstown (UUJ)

Advocacy

Georgia is the first State Director of South Carolina’s First Steps, a state agency and nonprofit that directly reaches more than 50,000 children birth through age five across SC annually. As the largest funder of early childhood programs in the state, Mjartan oversees grant making and support to community-based organizations in every county of SC. Mjartan is also the director of the Early Childhood Advisory Council, a multi-agency coalition of state and federally funded public entities serving young children.

Prior to that, she served for several years as the Executive Director of Our House, a non-profit organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, that is dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational homelessness and poverty. Our House opened a $5 million dollar facility to provide summer and after school programs for underprivileged school-aged kids and the center more than tripled their daily capacity to serve children. Georgia’s work was seen as such a model that it is being replicated in 39 states.

Georgia is 2002 Mitchell Scholar. She received a Master's Degree in Political Communication and Public Affairs from the University of Ulster. Her studies focused on efforts in Northern Ireland to integrate divided communities through housing developments. Appointed to the committee examining affordable housing issues by the Governor of Arkansas, Georgia draws on the insights she gained in Northern Ireland to influence policy design and decision making.

Georgia obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas.