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:

  1. City of Atlanta, Georgia
  2. City of Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. City of Columbus, Ohio
  4. City of Durham, North Carolina
  5. City of Memphis, Tennessee
  6. City of Phoenix, Arizona
  7. City of St. Louis, Missouri
  8. City of Tacoma, Washington
  9. Clark County, Nevada
  10. Dekalb County, Georgia
  11. Fulton County-City of Atlanta Landbank Authority
  12. Georgia Department of Transportation
  13. Georgia Lottery
  14. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  15. Houston Metropolitan Transit
  16. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
  17. Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
  18. North Carolina Department of Transportation
  19. New Orleans (LA) Aviation Board
  20. Newark, New Jersey Consortium
  21. State of Georgia Department of Administrative Services
  22. State of Tennessee
  23. North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)

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

  1. Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG)
  2. The New World of Coca Cola
  3. FedEx Forum (Memphis)
  4. Mercedes Benz Stadium (Atlanta)
  5. State Farm Arena (Atlanta)
  6. 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
  7. 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, Consultant – 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


Bridget Wall-Lennon, Principal Consultant, BLWall Consulting

  • Role: to conduct policy review, custom census surveys, anecdotal interviews, organizational outreach, conducting public hearings, informational meetings.
  • Specializes in public policy, business, economic development and management.
  • Provides DBE Certification & Support Services for the State of North Carolina Office of Civil Rights.
Gerry McCants, President & CEO, McCants Communications Group

  • Role: to conduct anecdotal interviews/outreach to local trade, social civic organizations/Local outreach to business community.
  • Specializes in outreach services and advises clients on marketing, community relations and business development.
  • Produced minority business resource publications (Black Pages) and trade shows (Black Expo Tour).
  • State Economic Development Chair for the state of North Carolina NAACP
Debra Ragin Jessup, J.D.

  • Role: to provide a legal review of North Carolina law.
  • Has a background in providing legal investigations for business clients concerning employment issues, specializing in internal grievances relating to sexual harassment, racial discrimination and gender discrimination.
  • Previously Director of Diversity Initiatives & Lecturer of Legal Studies at Wake Forest University.

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