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 supplier diversity consulting and has conducted disparity studies, drafted program legislation and engaged in M/WDBE 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 in the area of public contracting.

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

• City of Atlanta, Georgia
• City of Cincinnati, Ohio
• City of Columbus, Ohio
• City of Durham, North Carolina
• City of Memphis, Tennessee
• City of Phoenix, Arizona
• City of St. Louis, Missouri
• City of Tacoma, Washington
• Clark County, Nevada
• Dekalb County, Georgia
• Fulton County-County of Atlanta Landbank Authority
• Georgia Department of Transportation
• Georgia Lottery
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Houston Metropolitan Transit
• Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
• Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
• Ohio Department of Transportation
• New Orleans (LA) Aviation Board
• Newark, New Jersey Consortium
• State of Georgia Department of Administrative Services
• State of Tennessee
• North Carolina Department of Transportation (PHA)

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

– Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG)
– The New World of Coca Cola
– FedEx Forum (Memphis)
– Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
– State Farm Arena (Atlanta)
– Living Cities – City Accelerator 4 (Cohort Lead)

  • Consulted with the following cities:
    • City of Charlotte, North Carolina
    • City of Chicago, Illinois
    • City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • City of Los Angeles, California
    • City of Memphis, Tennessee

    – Living Cities – City Accelerator 6 (launching in June of 2019)

    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

    Rodney K. Strong, Esq. CEO, - Project Executive
    • Former Director of Contract Compliance for the City of Atlanta, GA
    • Nationally recognized expert in area of disparity research & supplier diversity program development.
    • 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
    • Invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
    Michele Clark Jenkins. Sr. Director, Consulting Group - Project Manager
    • Sr. Director of GSPC Consulting Division
    • Experienced legal researcher, writer, and business consultant. Has particular expertise in contracts and business structure.
    • Certified in Project Management & expertise in database management with 25 years in corporate business management and strategic planning
    • Project manager on 15 GSPC studies, 4 goal- settings for Georgia DOT, 3 goal-settings for Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Inter’l Airport, and 3 benchmarks for Metro Nashville Government
    • Graduate of Princeton University and NY Law School
    • Certificate in Negotiations from Harvard University
    Dr. J. Vincent Eagan – Policy Advisor
    • Served on over 120 disparity studies since 1993
    • Successful expert witness in six cases involving minority business programs.
    • In two cases, Dr. Eagan’s testimony upheld disparity studies at the federal circuit court level, including Rowe v. Tippett, which governs disparity studies in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit where Greensboro is located.
    • Has a J.D. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from Georgia State University.
    Sterling J. Johnson, Director of Public Policy – Deputy Project Manager

    • Currently serving as Project Manager for Living Cities Cohort on Procurement for Inclusive Economic Opportunity.
    • Served as Deputy Project Manager on 5 disparity studies.
    • Skilled in Social Sciences, Administration, Program Development, Planning, Data Analysis, and Quantitative and Qualitative Research. Has conducted written analysis of qualitative data and policy analysis.
    • Holds B.A. in Sociology from Furman University and M.P.A. with focus in Economic Development and Planning from Georgia State University.
    Imani Strong-Tucker, Consultant – Anecdotal Research Analyst

    • Has worked with GSPC’s consulting division in data collection, project management, and anecdotal analysis on 10 major public contracts
    • Responsible for review, revision and coordination of anecdotal evidence collection processes.
    • Skilled in anecdotal analysis, planning, reporting, writing project narratives, and social media outreach
    • Trained in the social sciences at Mount Holyoke College (BA, summa cum laude) and the University of Oxford (MSc. Social Anthropology). Current PhD. candidate at London School of Economics.
    Dr. Gregory Price – Sr. Economist

    • Professor, Economics, Morehouse College.
    • Previously served as Chairman of the Department of Economics at Morehouse College and interim Dean of Business School at Langston University.
    • Has both a PhD. And M.A. in Economics from the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin.
    • Skilled Econometrician and Applied Theorist. Experienced in Economic Forensics
    • Over 15 years of experience in conducting economic analysis of discrimination and disparity of employment, private sector contracting, lending and public contracting.
    David J. Maher, Esq – Legal Research Analyst
    • Experienced Attorney and Partner with Griffin & Strong’s legal division. Provides general counsel and legal review.
    • Litigation specialist with over 20 Years of Experience
    • Extensive experience across a wide variety of practice areas, including corporate defense, litigation support, civil appeals and general counsel
    • Drafted legal analysis for 6 disparity studies.
    • Earned Juris Doctorate w/ High Honors from Florida State University College of Law
    Dr. B. Rom Haghighi - Sr. Statistician
    • Dr. Haghighi is a senior statistician with over thirty years of experience in managing and analyzing large databases.
    • Ph.D. with a concentration in data mining, data modeling and statistical analysis, also holds an M.A., Public Administration and B.A., Political Science. Additional training in SPSS Programming, dBase IV, Mainframe Computers, SPSS Multivariate Programming.
    • Former board member for SPSS
    Susan G. Johnson, Project Administrator – Director of Corporate Communications and Human Resources

    • Top notch contract compliance professional with extensive public and private sector experience.
    • Significant history in public contracting with the City of Atlanta.
    • Responsible for contract administration
    • Holds two Master’s degrees from Georgia State University, in Human Resource Management and Urban Government Administration

    Local Team

    Sylvia Cavazos, Cavazos Communications, LLC Anecdotal Interviews and Focus Groups

    • Role: Anecdotal Interviews and Focus Groups

      • CAVAZOS Communications, LLC. was established in 2002 as a firm dedicated to reaching multi-cultural audiences and under-served communities through focused engagement and communications utilizing localization and grassroots outreach. The firm offers a broad range of marketing services with special expertise in integrating messages in-culture and finding a common ground for engagement. They specialize in Multicultural Outreach: Hispanic/Latinx, Asian, African-Americans, International audiences – Diverse demographics Under-served Communities: Millennials, Boomers, Native Americans, Veterans, Homeless or as determined Public Affairs – Outreach to community and government representatives Community engagement and Strategic Philanthropy – Media Relations to General & Multi-Cultural Markets In-culture messaging – Trans-creations / Translations in Spanish and other languages Crisis Communications Strategic Planning Social Media Outreach.
    Audrey Gilbreath, Gilbreath Communications. Outreach and Public Relations

    • Role: Public Relations and Community Engagement

      • The largest and oldest African-American owned marketing agency in Houston.
      • Has served as a board member and president of the American Advertising Federation-Houston and has earned recognition as one of Houston’s fastest growing small businesses.
      • Has developed, implemented, and managed diverse integrated marketing and public awareness campaigns for various clients, including; the Port of Houston Authority, Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Houston Airport System. 
    Vesta Rea Gaubert, Vesta Rea and Associates. Survey of Business Owners

    • Role: Survey of Business Owners

      • VRA is a full service public relations/outreach and opinion surveying consulting firm.
      • Known nationwide for its communications and public relations expertise within the transportation realm for over 29 years.
      • Principal and founder, Vesta Rea-Gaubert has over thirty years of communications and outreach experience and has managed surveys for several local agencies, including; The Port of Houston Authority, Houston Airport System and the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
    Randy Bates, Bates & Coleman. Local Legal Review and Public Hearings

    • Role: State and Local Legal Analysis and Public Hearings
      • Founded in 1981, Bates & Coleman is the oldest African American law firm in Houston. They Specialize in Public Finance, Civil and Business Litigation.
      • Atty Bates and Atty. Coleman have a collective  60-plus years of experience as attorneys in Texas.
      • Atty Coleman also served with the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to serve the Midtown Management District.
    Atty. Willie High Coleman Jr., Partner and Co-founder, Bates & Coleman

    • Role: State and Local Legal Analysis and Public Hearings
      • Founded in 1981, Bates & Coleman is the oldest African American law firm in Houston. They Specialize in Public Finance, Civil and Business Litigation.
      • Atty Bates and Atty. Coleman have a collective  60-plus years of experience as attorneys in Texas.
      • Atty Coleman also served with the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to serve the Midtown Management District.

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