Johnathon Barrett, current vice president of statewide operations at Junior Achievement of Georgia, recently announced to JA’s leadership and board of directors he has been selected to serve as the new executive director of the Georgia 4-H Foundation.
On May 1, 2018, Barrett will begin his new position based in Athens, Ga., at the University of Georgia and will assume the helm of Georgia 4-H Foundation, the state’s largest youth leadership organization with operations in all 159 counties across Georgia.
“Over the years, Johnathon has led Junior Achievement to become one of the most impactful and successful nonprofits in our area of Georgia; the annual Savannah Business Hall of Fame alone draws an audience of more than 500 area business and civic leaders,” said Don Waters, a regent for the University System of Georgia and longtime supporter of JA. “Under his leadership, more than 100,000 students have been reached with JA programs this past decade. While we will miss him here in Savannah, I am thrilled that he is taking his talents and experience to UGA to become the executive director of the Georgia 4-H Foundation.”
Barrett joined JA of Georgia in 2004. Under his leadership, he ushered in a new era of programming, which now serves more than 15,000 students a year in the coastal region in schools across Bulloch, Effingham, Chatham, Wayne, Liberty, and McIntosh counties. The coastal region is consistently recognized as one of the most successful JA chapters in its market size across the U.S. and considered one of the area’s strongest and most impactful nonprofits, partnering with more than 200 area businesses and 400 local volunteers with area schools.