Carlos Rodriguez was appointed to the Council in November 2022 by Lieutenant Governor Duncan. Mr. Rodriguez is a partner in Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC, a criminal defense firm in Marietta. He is the current Chairman of the Cobb County Ethics Board, President-Elect of the Cobb County Bar Association, Area Vice President of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Member on the Board of Directors of the Federal Defender Program, Inc. Mr. Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Georgia.
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 Ms. Alli’s previous role as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Fulton County Juvenile Court, she was instrumental in developing several progressive, evidence-based diversionary programs. These efforts transformed the court into a more rehabilitative institution. For example, Ms. Alli 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 participating 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, Ms. Alli positioned the office as the benchmark child welfare program by ensuring achievement of performance outcomes mandated by the Kenny A. Consent Decree. She also 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 from the Greater Atlanta Urban League and the 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, Ms. Alli 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.