Our Mission

It is the mission of  the Grassroots Leadership Institute is to identify, train, and nurture emerging leaders to better serve the needs of the Clayton County community.


Core Values

  • Appreciation and respect for the diversity of the Clayton County community.
  • Commitment to seeking common ground and pursuing common goals.
  • Commitment to seeking inclusion of all perspectives in community debate and decision making.
  • Affirmation that creating and maintaining community is a responsibility of every individual.
  • Openness and willingness to share, learn and seek solutions.
  • Recognition of the mutual interdependence of all communities in Clayton County..
  • Recognition that involvement by and collaboration among the business, government, nonprofit, and religious sectors are essential to the welfare of our community.
  • These core values reflect not only the beliefs intrinsic to Grassroots Leadership Institute but are intended to model values we believe to be essential to the success and welfare of the entire community.



To be an organization of excellence that builds and serves leadership in Clayton County by:

  • Providing opportunities to establish personal relationships built on mutual trust and respect among leaders from diverse constituencies.
  • Providing information and insights into the major issues, problems and opportunities facing the Clayton County area.
  • Providing a forum for candid and honest discussion of important issues; for hearing different perspectives and opinions; and for learning from each other.
  • Enabling the creation of new ideas and initiatives to address Clayton County major challenges.
  • Linking its members to new and existing initiatives that address important community needs.