Executive Director: Jim Langford

Jim Langford, Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), brings many years of business, public service and nonprofit experience to the organization and its efforts to transform poverty studies in the United States. In recent years, Mr. Langford has served as the co-founder and President of the Georgia Meth Project and the Georgia Prevention Project. Both organizations focus on reducing the first-time use of dangerous drugs and other substances among teens and young adults.

Mr. Langford is also the founder and Chair of the Substance Abuse Research Alliance (SARA) – an organization that fosters substance misuse research and collaboration among academic institutions, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations in Georgia. SARA also assists elected officials and governmental agencies in crafting legislation and setting public policy agendas.

A native of Calhoun, Georgia, Mr. Langford has been appointed by five Georgia governors to a variety of commissions and boards in the state. He also served as the State Director of the Trust for Public Land where he conceived and implemented the connected park system of the Atlanta BeltLine. He is the founder of three other land conservation, greenway and archaeology education organizations. Mr. Langford has been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s 100 most influential people.

In his business life, Mr. Langford founded and managed successful high technology companies over a 20-year period. Prior to his high technology career, he was an executive of The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, New York, Puerto Rico and Argentina. He serves as a member of the Board of Councilors of the Carter Presidential Center and the Board of Advisors of the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech, and he is a former member of the Georgia Board of Natural Resources, the Georgia Humanities Council and the Emory University Board of Visitors.

Mr. Langford earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. jim.langford@shepherdconsortium.org

Academic Director: Stephanie Rolph

Stephanie Rolph is Associate Professor of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. A native of Mississippi, Stephanie received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State in 2009. In addition to her work with SHECP, she also serves as Director of Community Engaged Learning at Millsaps and offers college classes to women at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. Stephanie is an active scholar of the post-1945 American South. Her publications have appeared in The Right Side of the Sixties and the Journal of Southern History. Her first book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989 will be available June 2018 from Louisiana State University Press. rolphsc@shepherdconsortium.org

Internship Director: Amy K. DeHart

Prior to joining SHECP in October 2014, Amy was Assistant Director for Conferences, Programs, and Marketing for the Virginia Military Institute – Center for Leadership and Ethics, 2009–2014. This position capped her 15 year association with conference and program development for the Institute. She previously served senior account executive for Kearns & West, Inc., a national public affairs consulting firm; assistant press secretary for a U.S. Presidential campaign (1988); and a press assistant for a Vice-Presidential Campaign (1984). In between, she raised two children and held a variety of interesting part-time jobs, including working for a start-up internet provider and taking photos for a weekly newspaper.  She and her husband and partner of more than 35 years, Morris Trimmer, live in Lexington, Virginia.  She earned her B.A. from Earlham College. dehartak@shepherdconsortium.org

Work-study Students

Alex Woodward

Alex Woodward is a junior at W&L who plans on majoring in Global Politics and minoring in Poverty and Human Capabilities. She enjoys church and spending time with friends and family. Alex is also an avid fan of The Bachelor. In the future Alex plans on attending law school to become a human rights lawyer. She is looking forward to many more years working for SHECP.

Philemon Kinoti

Philemon Kinoti  is a senior international student from Nairobi, Kenya, majoring in Global Politics and minoring in Education Policy. He enjoys hanging out with friends, writing and playing pool. Besides SHECP, Philemon is a member of the Washingtonian Society and African Society. He has previously worked for the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Office of Student Affairs at Washington and Lee University. Philemon plans on pursuing a career in International Law.