Erica Rocker-Wills, Invest Clayton

Clayton County Economic Development Director Erica Rocker has been appointed to the Stone Mountain Memorial Association by Gov. Brian Kemp, making her the first Black woman to hold that position. She will be sworn in at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Rocker joins SMMA Chair Rev. Abraham Mosley of Athens and Christopher Sanders of Stone Mountain in representing African Americans on the board. She also serves on the boards of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, Arts Clayton, and Innovation Crescent, and represents Clayton County with the Atlanta Regional Marketing Alliance.

She also serves as a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA), International Economic Development Council (IEDC), ATL Airport Board of Directors, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Emory University Alumni Association.

“I am grateful for my work in our great county, ” Rocker said in a press release from Kemp’s office. “I am honored that Governor Kemp has asked me to serve on the SMMA to add balance, culture, and expertise.”

Under Georgia law, the board is tasked with “the proper development, management, preservation, and protection of Stone Mountain as a Confederate Memorial and public recreation area.”

You can learn more about Stone Mountain’s place in history and changing attitudes towards the Confederacy through the Atlanta History Center’s documentary “Monument: The Untold Story of Stone Mountain.”

Listen to our May 2020 podcast with Erica Rocker on The Real Story with Robin Kemp.

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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