WHO WE ARE

 

Griffin & Strong, P.C.  (GSPC)

Griffin & Strong, P.C.  (GSPC) is an Atlanta, Georgia-based professional corporation that focuses on law and public policy consulting. The firm was organized in 1992, incorporated in June, 1996, and has been in business continuously since that time—over twenty five years.

Griffin & Strong, P.C. has methodically built its experience and reputation in the area of public policy consulting and has conducted disparity studies, drafted program legislation and engaged in M/W/DBE program development nationwide. GSPC is unique in that it is a law firm with a public policy consulting division whose sole focus is disparity research and M/W/DBE program analysis and consulting. We are suited to analyze and respond to the current legal climate which confronts governmental efforts to promote racial equity, to ensure that all citizens are given an equal opportunity to compete for public contracts.

Below are a few jurisdictions GSPC has performed disparity studies for:

  1. City of Atlanta, Georgia
  2. City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. City of Columbus, Ohio
  4. City of Durham, North Carolina
  5. City of Memphis, Tennessee
  6. City of Phoenix, Arizona
  7. City of St. Louis, Missouri
  8. City of Tacoma, Washington
  9. Clark County, Nevada
  10. Dekalb County, Georgia
  11. Fulton County-City of Atlanta Landbank Authority
  12. Georgia Department of Transportation
  13. Georgia Lottery
  14. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  15. Houston Metropolitan Transit
  16. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
  17. Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
  18. Montgomery County, Maryland
  19. North Carolina Department of Transportation
  20. Ohio Department of Transportation
  21. New Orleans (LA) Aviation Board
  22. Newark, New Jersey Consortium
  23. Port of Houston, Texas
  24. Sound Transit, Washington
  25. State of Georgia Department of
  26. Administrative Services

  27. State of Tennessee
  28. State of North Carolina

GSPC has also engaged in the following public policy and supplier diversity consulting arrangements

  1. Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG)
  2. The New World of Coca Cola
  3. FedEx Forum (Memphis)
  4. Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
  5. State Farm Arena (Atlanta)
  6. Living Cities – City Accelerator 4 (Cohort Lead)
    • Consulted with the following cities:
      • City of San Antonio, Texas
      • City of Chicago, Illinois
      • City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
      • City of Los Angeles, California
      • City of Memphis, Tennessee

GSPC presents the most experienced and qualified team in the industry with each team member holding significant experience in disparity study consulting and program development.

Project Team

Michele Clark Jenkins. Sr. Director, Consulting Group - Project Manager

Project Manager

  • 10 years of Disparity Study Project Management.
  • 23 Disparity Studies, 4 goal- settings for Georgia DOT, 3 goal-settings for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Inter’l Airport.
  • Expertise in post-study guidance.
  • B.A. in Anthropology, Princeton University;
  • J.D. NY Law School;
  • Certification in Negotiations from Harvard University; PMP Certified Project Manager; and Certified Contract Compliance Administrator.
Austin Broussard Deputy Project Manager

Project management and outreach coordination

  • Cross-industry experience with one of the world’s top 3 management consulting firms, utilizing a data driven approach to craft c-suite level strategy. Responsible for coordinating project timelines and facilitating the outreach efforts that inform the study’s anecdotal evidence chapter.
  • Skilled in business strategy creation and process improvement.
  • Holds dual Bachelors degrees in Finance and Spanish Morehouse College.
Dr. J. Vincent Eagan – Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

  • Served on over 120 disparity studies since 1993
  • Foremost national expert is disparity research
  • Over 120 disparity studies.
  • Successful expert witness in 6 cases.
  • Member of Bloomberg Business Week Academic Advisory Panel on law for 12 years
  • J.D. from Harvard University; and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University
Dr. B. Rom Haghighi Chief Statistician
Data Analysis

  • 30 years data management and analysis of large databases, including Center for Disease Control and other government agencies.
  • Over 15 Disparity Studies
  • Former Director of Research for the state of Texas Controller’s office for 7 years.
  • Conducted largest disparity study on record for the State of Texas (including 149 state agencies, 9 health science centers and 52 state universities).
  • PhD in Statistics from Sam Houston State University; MA in Public Administration from Midwestern State University
Dr. Gregory Price – Sr. Economist

Econometric Oversight and Private Sector Analysis

  • Skilled Econometrician and Applied Theorist, Experienced in Economic Forensics.
  • 20 Disparity Studies
  • 25 years of economic analysis of discrimination and disparity of employment, private sector contracting, lending and public contracting.
  • Former president National Economics Association.
  • PhD. in Economics from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin.
Imani Strong-Tucker – Anecdotal Research Analyst

Anecdotal Analyst

  • 20 Disparity Studies as Anecdotal Analyst and Deputy Project Manager.
  • Skilled in anecdotal analysis, planning, reporting, writing project narratives, and social media outreach.
  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College; MSc. Social Anthropology, University of Oxford, England; Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, London School of Economics.
David Maher, GSPC Legal Division, Partner

Legal Analyst

  • Litigation specialist with over 20 Years of experience in corporate defense, litigation support, civil appeals and general counsel.
  • Georgia Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law and in Labor and Employment Law.
  • Served as Federal Law Clerk in 11th Circuit Court of Appeals responsible for research and drafting opinions in areas of employment, civil rights, and immigration.
  • B.S.W from University of Wisconsin; JD from Florida State University.
Susan Johnson - Director of Project Administration

Project Administration

  • More than 30 Disparity Studies as Contractor Administrator or Deputy Project Manager.
  • Former Director of Human Resources for Concessions International
  • Contract Compliance Administrator for the City of Atlanta Office of Contract Compliance
  • B.A. Political Science, Spelman College; M.S Urban Government and Administration and an M.A. in Human Resource Management, Georgia State University
Rodney K. Strong, Esq Chairman and CEO

  • Recognized as national expert in Disparity Research, Supplier Diversity, and Remedial Program Development and Implementation.
  • Former Director of Contract Compliance for the City of Atlanta, GAs
  • Project Manager for the first major post-Croson disparity study
  • Principal architect of the City of Atlanta’s EBO Program, which became the national model for post-Croson MBE programs
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Local Team

Mae Escabar Owner, aMAEzing Marketing Group

Anecdotal Interviews & Community Engagement

  • Mae’s SMWBE certifications: ESBE, HABE, MBE, SBE, WBE, and DBE, also Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB)
  • Over 30 years of marketing experience
    National, award-winning, full service, multicultural agency
  • Recognized by the SA Business Journal as one of the top 25 women-owned social media, public relations and advertising firms in San Antonio.
  • Native of San Antonio
Mary Ann Beach Research and Analytics Consultant aMAEzing Marketing Group

Anecdotal Interviews & Community Engagement

  • Brings analytics to marketing strategies with over 30 years of data and research experience.
  • Former Director of Research & Strategy for Frost Bank. Previously worked with JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and First American Bank.
  • Native of San Antonio

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