Meet Our Staff

Ellin McDonough Director
Byron Jones
As Director of Student Civic Engagement, Ellin leads efforts to engage students in service to the greater Atlanta community from all six campuses. With more than 15 years of experience working in higher education and social work, she is motivated to develop human talent that is prepared and ready to make a difference in the civic life of our communities. Ellin’s interest areas are strengthening workforce development, increasing literacy, and developing fair and affordable housing. Ellin holds a M.Ed. in Counseling degree from Winthrop University.
Byron Jones Assistant Director
Byron Jones
Byron Jones is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and proud product of the educational system in Georgia. Byron currently serves as the Assistant Director for Student Civic Engagement. Prior to assuming this role, Byron has served in various capacities at several University System of Georgia (USG) institutions including admissions recruiter and counselor, international recruiter and student advisor just to name a few. Byron received a B.A. from Morehouse College and his M.Ed. from Mercer University. He is currently a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership with an anticipated graduation date in December 2020.

Byron is a former Fulton County Youth Commissioner where he developed a passion for service and giving back to communities both locally and internationally. He currently serves on various nonprofit boards and is a member of a plethora of volunteer organizations. Additionally, he serves as an on-campus advisor for the following student organizations Big Brothers Big Sister, C.L.O.U.T., Hands on Atlanta, Panther Breakaway and the YMCA.

Byron is an ethical leader who models daily what he wants from the students he serves at Georgia State University and he encourages everyone to get involved and Make a STATEment.

JP Peters Advisor – Perimeter College
JP Peters
JP Peters is the Advisor for the Student Civic Engagement Office at Georgia State University Perimeter College where he services the five different campuses. The goal of the office is to connect each of our campuses to their communities and the Greater Metro Atlanta Area by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and action that promote awareness, learning and leadership development. In his role, JP works with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, the PC Panther’s Pantry locations, Panther Breakaway and the MLK Day of Service to name a few.

Before his time at Georgia State University Perimeter College, JP worked two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA through the South Carolina Campus Compact at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Coastal Carolina University. While serving, he focused on the universities’ alternative break program, student veteran services, food desert awareness, and community garden development in the two communities. He earned his B.S.Ed. in Exercise Science and Kinesiology from Georgia Southwestern State University and M.Ed. in Higher Education from Columbia College (SC).