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Mazie Lynn Guertin

Executive Director & Policy Advocate

Mazie Lynn invests her time in a variety of initiatives ranging from the daily growth and development of her two young children to supporting the work of the justice seekers - the incredible members of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Atlanta became home to Mazie Lynn when she arrived to study engineering at Georgia Tech over twenty-five years ago.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, she went on to teach English as a Second Language in Split, Croatia before returning to the United States for a role in operations at a national financial planning firm. Her love of the law and desire to serve led her to Georgia State University where she earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration on her way to becoming a public defender. She has invested her legal career in being a voice for those too often unheard: men and women accused of crimes ranging from petty shoplifting to capital murder.

For almost twenty years, Mazie Lynn has lived in the under-resourced southside of the City of Atlanta believing that community transformation requires, in part, the long-term commitment of neighbors willing to give of themselves for the greater good. In addition to volunteering with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop Mazie Lynn also serves on the Board of Directors of Wesley International Academy.

Ophelia Attah

Operations Manager

Ophelia originally migrated  from Accra, Ghana with her mother to the United States in 1998 and settled in Alexandria VA where she enrolled and completed her Middle and High School education in 2006. She went on graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BSc Degree in Business Administration (Finance Major) in May 2010. She furthered her education and graduated in December 2015 with a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Strayer University.

Ophelia joined AMJ Financial LLC in August 2010 as a Client Service Associate and worked for 2 years. In January 2013, she relocated to Accra, Ghana and joined the newly formed Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) as a Human Resource and Administrative Executive in March 2013. Ophelia was very instrumental in the setting up of the company, and the hiring of staff. In 2015, she spearheaded the maiden International Conference of Ghana International Petroleum which was organized by CBOD.  She joined the Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) in April 2017 as the Office Manager. Her responsibilities included the overall office and membership administration, and project/account management support of the GNBCC office.

In March 2021, Ophelia moved back to the United States and joined GACDL as the Operations Manager in June 2021.


Jasmine Bowden

Administrative & Membership Coordinator

Jasmine Bowden was born and raised in Detroit. She graduated from Central State University in 2020 with a Bachelor's in Political Science. At Central State, she focused her academic coursework on public administration, American State & local government, African American politics, modern political ideologies, and human resource management. Jasmine moved to Atlanta shortly after graduating from CSU.

She began her career as a Political Campaign Organizer with the Black Progressive Action Coalition.  While there, she worked on President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign and Senator Raphael Warnock’s 2020 and 2022 campaigns. Her responsibilities included assisting in all canvasser recruitment activities, ensuring that recruitment goals were met and she was in charge of public relations management. She joined GACDL as the Administrative & Membership Coordinator in January 2023.

Jasmine has an interest in government service, law, non-profits, interest groups, parties, campaigns, polling, and aspires to be an attorney.

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