The Challenge


How might we raise Georgia’s current High School graduation rate to 90+%?

Georgia is in the midst of a dropout crisis. With a high school graduation rate of 69 percent, our education system is failing far too many of our children. The consequences to individual children, their families and communities, and to Atlanta constitute a modern social crisis.  Improving our high school graduation rate is crucial to developing a sustained higher quality of life throughout our region.  How can we raise our high school graduation rate in metro-Atlanta from less than 70 percent to more than 90 percent?

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The People

Meet the people who are helping make the (co)lab LABS a reality. They represent the outstanding leaders, brilliant creators, and powerful storytellers in the Atlanta region, and we’re so excited to see all that they can accomplish when working in tandem.


Lab Leader

Kamau Bobb

Research Scientist for Outreach and Policy Analysis at CEISMC

Dr. Kamau Bobb is a research scientist for Outreach and Policy Analysis at CEISMC.  He serves as a liaison to the University System of Georgia (USG) and is the coordinator of the USG system-wide STEM Initiative. He also works on developing the Westside Community Alliance, a project housed in the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech. Dr. Bobb has more than 10 years experience in STEM policy analysis and program implementation. Prior to joining the staff at CEISMC he was a science and technology policy analyst at SRI International where he conducted research on university strategic planning and STEM workforce analysis for clients in the United States and in the Middle East. He is the Chairman of the Board of Wesley International Academy, a public charter school in Atlanta. Dr. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.


Lab Chair

Hunter Pierson

Goldman Sachs, Former Corps Member, Teach for America, Founder, Young Professionals for Educational Equity

Hunter is an associate in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to Goldman, he worked for Teach For America (TFA) for five years. Hunter began his career as a TFA corps member, teaching 6th Grade English & Social Studies in Oakland, CA. After completing his corps commitment, he served as the Executive Director of the Northern California Region, overseeing TFA’s program in Oakland, East San Jose, East Palo Alto, and San Francisco. Upon moving to Atlanta in 2008, Hunter co-founded Young Professionals for Educational Equity — a group of emerging leades from the private, public, and non-profit sectors committed to making Metro Atlanta a center of education reform. He is a board member of Teach For America – Atlanta and vice chairman of New Schools for New Orleans (his hometown). Hunter earned both his A.B. and M.B.A. at Harvard University.

Creative Team


Adam Harrell, Creative Director
Pete Lawton, Art Director
Zach Graham, Sr. Designer
Venkat Gazula, Designer

Nebo is a human-centered interactive agency. We believe that great work comes from understanding the needs, wants and perceptions of your audience. This human-centered approach informs everything we do. It’s why our work does more than just win awards. It generates results.