“Humbled” and “Honored,” alumna Sojourner Marable Grimmett received
two awards, Outstanding Atlanta and Georgia Trend “40 Under 40” recognizing her work and community service.
Grimmett is a devoted public affairs professional with a focus on grassroots
community initiatives and social media engagement. She currently serves as the Director of External Affairs with the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and services, The National Church Residences located in the Atlanta Region.
“It was not just the wonderful and vibrant people that attracted me to
become the Director of External Affairs. It was the organization’s culture of
service and holistic approach focused on helping people live healthier and more satisfying lives, while creating a sense of family and community for our residents,” Grimmett said.
National Church Residences seeks to raise awareness and provide high
quality care, services and residential communities for all seniors. Grimmett job includes work in external affairs, marketing, communications, media relations, public policy and fundraising. “I have always had a passion for
service. Being able to serve others daily in my profession is a blessing,” Grimmett said.
Prior to working for the National Church Residences, Grimmett has held
positions at Morehouse College, Fulton County Government, the Southern
Regional Education Board, and the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is one of Atlanta’s most sought after social media influencers because of her ability to engage online users to enact social change.
Grimmett most significant contribution to the Atlanta community was the
implementation of the lactation pods at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA).
“Because of my efforts, along with supporters there are now six lactation stations at HJAIA which provide a safe, clean, and healthy environment to nurse and/or pump for breastfeeding moms,” Grimmett said.
Grimmett other contributions include spearheading President Barack
Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Fulton County program, leading fundraising
campaign efforts for local charities and supporting state legislation to improve voting rights.
Some of Grimmett most recent accolades include being named BMW’s “Pay it 4Ward” Honoree in 2017, Centric TV and Upscale Magazine’s Woman to Watch in 2016, and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 in 2015. She is a professional speaker and a guest blogger for Huffington Post. Grimmett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University and Master of Arts in Media Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.
While attending Clark Atlanta University, Grimmett was involved in several
organizations such as the Sweet Alpha Pi of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, Residence Assistance, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Yearbook Committee.
“Clark Atlanta University had a profound impact on my life,” Grimmett