Dr. John Eaves is serving his second term as Chairman of the Fulton County Commission. Since 2007, he has led the state’s most populous and dynamic county, home to nearly one million residents and 14 municipalities including Georgia’s capitol city of Atlanta. Before entering politics, John held leadership roles in nonprofit and academic arenas, both nationally and abroad. For seven years, he served as the Southeast Regional Director of the Peace Corps, helping bring educational and healthcare assistance to the people of South Africa, Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
Here at home, he is most proud of launching Fulton County’s SMART Justice Advisory Council, a group of community and law enforcement leaders working to reduce recidivism rates, find alternative programs for first-time offenders, and help motivated inmates reclaim their lives. He has also been an unwavering champion for the Grady Hospital System – a pillar of our community and the chief caregiver for so many working class people across metro Atlanta.
Chairman Eaves is a graduate of Morehouse College; he has a Master’s Degree in Religion from Yale University and earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. When he isn’t working for Fulton County, John stays busy providing leadership training and executive coaching with TalentQuest, and as the devoted father of two children, who live with him in South Fulton.