Rep. Valencia Stovall is proud native of Southeast Atlanta and has a passion for economic development and education reform. She was first elected in 2012 and has a strong diverse background in finance, retail operations, business development, and now public policy. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the House Education Sub-committee on Early Learning & K-12, Commissioner on Georgia Literacy Commission, Commissioner on Georgia Education Reform Commission and Georgia Council For The Arts, member of 5 House committees including, Education, Vice-Chair Medical Cannabis Working Group, Small Business Development, Economic Development & Tourism, and Interstate Cooperation. In the community she is the Treasurer of Clayton State Univ. Dean of Arts & Science Advisory Committee, member of PTSAs & PTO, former member of Georgia Quality Rated Advisory Committee and Clayton County Public Schools CTAE Advisory Committee and is a 2015 Henry Toll Fellow.
Rep. Stovall was also recognized in 2016 by the National Council of State Legislatures as a Woman in Politics Making A Difference. She was appointed in 2017 by House Speaker David Ralston to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Education Committee which is the greatest national appointment of her public service career. She is the only House Democrat appointed to Joint Study Committee on the Establishment of a Leadership Academy. She was selected as Chair of House Education Special Sub-committee on School Redesign which traveled around the state to engage stakeholders on their views on what changes are needed.
As a legislator, she has recognized persons of influence for their philanthropy such as: Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (2015), Chris & Kyle Massey (2016). She made history by hosting the first Men & Women in Radio Day at the Capitol (2015), Women In Radio Day at the Capitol (2016, 2017), Cambodian Heritage Day at the Capitol (2015), and Educate Georgia Summit (2016, 2017). Governor Deal signed into law her first general bill as a 2nd term legislator, HB 614, ‘The Landon Dunson Act” which allows video cameras to be placed in the self-contained classrooms of special needs students.
As the Chief Financial Officer of a retail experience and operations firm, she oversaw finance, operations, and human resources for thousands of employees for projects including the logistical and retail operations of the 1996 Olympic Games, retail operations for two Superbowls, Georgia Dome retail development and management for events including NFL Atlanta Falcons, SEC Championship Games, Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta Hawks, Motorsport Events, The Rolling Stones, and U2, The University of Georgia Stanford Stadium retail development and management, Coca Cola/Lakewood Amphitheater, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, and promotional printing locations throughout Metro Atlanta.
Rep. Stovall’s philanthropic work included serving as the former Board Chair of a Special State Charter School grades K-5th which she restructured the organization through strategic planning, lead real estate acquisition and development, directed financial and legal negotiations, implemented growth capital programs, ensured personnel restructuring and development, re-engineered business processes, instilled urgency for financial discipline, and capitalized on growth opportunities with local community partners. She also served on the Advisory Council for a 6th-8th grade state commissioned charter school.
She also served as the Executive Board Member for the Atlanta Council of PTA’s in which she oversaw the executive financial operation and development for 90 schools. For two years she served as the co-founder of the Morrow Community Fall Festival which drew over 5,000 attendees to this unity in the community event. She is the proud mother of Lovett and Kristy and an alumni of Southside Comprehensive High School now Maynard Jackson High School, Fort Valley State University, and Georgia State University.
Rep. Stovall is proud to serve in the Georgia General Assembly and welcomes the opportunity to speak at upcoming events. She is working to ensure that House District 74, Metro Atlanta and the State of Georgia become thriving economic regions and amazing places to live.