Providing zealous, effective, ethical representation

to indigent people accused of crimes.





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Omotayo B. Alli, Executive Director

Omotayo B. Alli, JD, MPA, SPHR is the Executive Director of the Georgia Public Defender Council and leads the agency statewide. An experienced public defender, she brings proven skills to enhance the effectiveness and quality of legal representation for indigent persons. Her goal as Executive Director is to augment indigent defense services, providing citizens with socially responsive rehabilitative services that allow them to permanently transcend their present circumstances— ultimately breaking cycles of court involvement and recidivism.

In her previous role as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, she was instrumental in establishing it as a court of rehabilitation by developing several progressive, evidence-based diversionary programs. For example, she was instrumental in creating the Leadership & Educational Enhancement Program (LEAP), a court-based school providing much needed educational resources to court-involved children disengaged from the traditional academic settings. All participants receive instructions in a variety of subjects with the goal of either successfully earning a GED or enough credits to return to a conventional educational environment. Since its launch, over 50 children have successfully received a GED with some matriculating to technical schools or four-year colleges.

As the first Director of Fulton County Child Attorneys, she positioned the office as the benchmark child welfare program by ensuring achievement of performance outcomes mandated by the Kenny A. Consent Decree. She successfully acquired the necessary resources to double the growth and operating budget of the office within the first year of her tenure.

Executive Director Alli is a recipient of the 2018 Community Partner Spirit of the League Award presented by the Greater Atlanta Urban League and 2019 Daily Reports Trailblazer Award. Her vision and strategic focus have enabled her to skillfully build critical infrastructures, integrate best practices and spearhead high-profile projects that have produced transformational results for constituents. 

Executive Director Alli holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Kent State University, a master of public administration degree (MPA) from Jacksonville State University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. In addition to her formal education, she is a registered neutral mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. She also holds both the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications. An active participant in the DeKalb and Fulton communities, Mrs. Alli is a member of Leadership DeKalb and a host of other civic and professional organizations.

Executive Director Alli is supported by the GPDC's leadership team:


GPDC Leadership Team

  • Katherine Mason – Deputy Director: State Level Services
  • LaWanda Onley – Deputy Director: Administration & Operations
  • Natalie Glaser – Director of Legal Services
  • Thomas O'Connor – Director of Communications
  • Terry Raiford – Director of Finance/CFO
  • Sabrina Rhinehart – Office of Mental Health Advocate Director
  • Jerilyn Bell – Capital Defender