Board of Trustees
Rogers Wade, Chairman
David B. Allman, Regent Partners
Stephen R. Avera, Flowers Foods Inc.
Frank Barron, Rome Coca-Cola (retired)
Gordon Beckham, McCamish Systems
Roy Fickling, Fickling and Company, Inc.
Robert F. Hatcher, Jr., H2 Capital, Inc.
Kelly McCutchen, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Mike Watkins, Watkins Associated Industries
Kelly McCutchen is president and chief executive officer of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. He is a native of Ellijay, Georgia, and a graduate of Georgia Tech. He was Assistant Vice President in the Trust Department of Trust Company Bank in Atlanta before joining the Foundation in 1993.
Kelly writes on education, tax, health care and economic policy. At the Foundation, he has helped create the Civic Renewal Project that highlights the work of outstanding community-based organizations, the “No Excuses” program to recognize and study high achieving, high poverty public schools, and award-winning statewide report cards on education, crime and taxes.
He has served on the boards of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Leadership Georgia and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute and was a founder and Governing Board Chair of Tech High, a math, science and technology-focused public charter school in Atlanta. He co-founded the Georgia Warrior Alliance, a nonprofit with the mission to make Georgia the national Leader in programs supporting military veterans and their families. He currently serves on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and chairs the board of the Healthcare Institute for Neuro-Recovery and Innovation Foundation. He serves on the Education Policy Committee and the Health Care Policy Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Science and Technology Executive Committee, the Public Policy Committee for the Metro Atlanta United Way and is a policy advisor for the Technology Association of Georgia.
Benita Dodd is a journalism graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, who immigrated to the United States in 1986. The Cobb County resident was an editorial writer and columnist for The Atlanta Journal Editorial Board and an editorial writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editorial Board before joining the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as vice president in March 2003. A member of the 2007 class of Leadership Georgia and a faculty member of the Leadership Institute of Virginia, she leads the Foundation’s Environmental Initiative and is responsible for the Foundation’s communications. She served on the board of Common Cause Georgia and is a member of the Board of Advisors for America’s Future Foundation Georgia. She addresses civic and leadership groups across Georgia on current issues and free-market solutions. She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and radio programs around the state and provides free-market perspectives as a commentator on a weekly radio program.
Mike Klein joined the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as Editor in March 2010. His articles are published on the GPPF Forum. In addition, he manages the Foundation’s YouTube channel video production. Mike’s history includes journalism management and editorial production responsibilities with CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting, ABC-TV Chicago, CBS-TV Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Diego Union, live television sports production, university instruction and a concentration on video and events to support education and economic development.
Mike was the recipient of two national Emmy Awards, one Houston International Film Festival Award and one Robert F. Kennedy Awards Citation during 14 years at CNN. where he served the network as an executive and senior supervising producer before being named Vice President of News Production. He earned two Chicago Emmy Awards for his work on professional sports broadcasts. The Georgia Public Broadcasting television production staff earned more than two dozen local, regional and national awards during his tenure. His GPB staff produced several documentaries that were distributed nationally by PBS, including two interview programs with President Jimmy Carter after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a history of Georgia during the Civil War, a documentary about inner city public education, and “The Fabulous Fox,” a documentary history about Atlanta’s Fox Theatre that was narrated by Hal Holbrook. Mike served nine years on The Commerce Club operating board and program committee, and ten years on the Atlanta Press Club board. He also works on the Georgia Red Carpet Tour project on behalf of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.