Derek V. Smith
Founder of GivingPoint
Derek Smith spent his entire career in the technology field and studied the incredible benefits and detrimental consequences that technology has brought to the human condition. He has seen the ways technology can be isolating and all consuming. He realizes that society will never reject the technology that dominates our daily lives, but he believes humanity deserves the awareness and tools to balance their perspectives. That is why he is committed to bringing solutions to bear that will generate a human renaissance and create a more connected, compassionate, socially responsible world.
Despite the many challenges and technological influences that youth must overcome to succeed in life, Derek understands that youth have the desire to discover themselves, relate to the world around them and give back in significant ways. Derek is passionate about growing the citizen sector and filling the world with passionately engaged youth who can harness their passion to strengthen communities.
Derek founded GivingPoint in an attempt to provide a mechanism to stimulate youth to understand the world around them, nurture their passion, create strong bonds, and take action to impact long lasting change. GivingPoint helps young people become aware of the needs of others and critical societal issues affecting their lives.
In addition to focusing his talents to empower youth to develop a better world, he is the Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Global Prescience, an interdisciplinary non-profit research, education and service organization dedicated to the pursuit of prescience– foreknowledge that anticipates global events and trends that are yet unseen. The Institute seeks to harness the passion of individuals to anticipate issues through clue detection engines that identify inflection points in technological, financial and social systems.
Derek is the former Chairman and CEO of ChoicePoint, a leading provider of decision-making technology and information and a recognized leader in corporate citizenship, information security and personal privacy protection. Under his leadership, ChoicePoint gave birth to innovative products and services that created a safer and more secure society. ChoicePoint helped recover more than 1,000 missing children. It created the first national background screening service for non-profit volunteers that identified over 200,000 convicted criminals attempting to work with children – including 2,700 registered sex offenders. Additionally, ChoicePoint’s philanthropic initiatives and employee volunteer efforts won the company recognition from groups as diverse as the US Department of Justice, the US Chamber of Commerce, Hands on Network and Points of Light Institute.
Derek serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Aquarium and Geeknet. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia and is a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons. He resides in Georgia with his wife, Lisa, and two children.
Debra Carson assumed her role as Executive Director in January of 2015 and oversees the organization's youth empowerment initiatives, management of all fundraising and donor relations and overall operations.
Prior to her role with GivingPoint, Debra was the Executive Director of the Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI) for 16 years where she oversaw all operations. CSBI is a nonprofit youth organization that provides paid internships to high school students within the finance, legal and government entities. She made a lasting and positive impact on more than 1,500 students through CSBI alone, by exposing them to a plethora of meaningful paid internships, economic and financial empowerment workshops, entrepreneurial training, post-secondary educational resources and networking opportunities, among others. Many of these students received thousands of dollars in financial scholarships, full four year college scholarships and were hired as employees.
Debra Carson has more than 25 years experience working with children and youth as an advocate, educator and cause-driven leader. Debra served as a member of various organizations where she equipped youth with the necessary tools, resources and opportunities to help them become change agents and leaders. For instance, she served as a board member for Image Builders Outreach (a 501(c)(3) organization) where she volunteered as a teacher and mentor for teen girls at a Youth Correctional Facility. Her passion for youth also included working as a teacher at a prominent Christian Academy.
Debra is a graduate of National Louis University where she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science, as well as an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Triton College. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Debra and her husband Michael are new to Georgia and reside in Atlanta. They have two adult sons, Michael and Aaron.
Director of Programs
Jamal Liverpool joined GivingPoint as the Director of Programs in May 2013 and manages many of our school partnerships as well as a new program, The GivingPoint Institute, created to support and develop future social entrepreneurs. In addition, Jamal manages several key partnerships and GivingPoint programs throughout metro Atlanta. Prior to his role with GivingPoint, he was the Match Support Team Leader at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) where he facilitated and supported the mentor and mentee match relationships. He also planned, coordinated, and executed workshops and large-scale events for federally funded youth development programs. During his time at BBBSMA, Jamal worked closely with programs associated with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Mentoring Children of Prisoners, and Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents.
Before his time at BBBSMA, Jamal worked in the DeKalb County School System. Alongside certified teachers, he provided assistance in curriculum development and implementation of a graduation strategy for seniors. Jamal obtained his Masters of Arts in Counseling in 2008 from Argosy University and his Bachelors of Biology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He’s been a resident of metro Atlanta for over 20 years, and currently lives in Gwinnett with his wife Renee, their infant son E.J. and their two dogs, Bailey and Sebastian.
Director of Nonprofit and Community Outreach
Nyaboke Machini joined GivingPoint in September 2011 and serves as the organization’s Director of Nonprofit and Community Outreach. She maintains several of GivingPoint’s key collaborations including, the flagship partnership with The New Schools at Carver in Atlanta. In this role, she is focused on cultivating relationships with schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations (NPO) by providing support through training sessions, planning service projects and creating special events meant to increase youth civic participation.
Nyaboke began her nonprofit and youth development career while attending college at the University of Georgia, where she worked as a Counselor and Marketing Intern for the Boys and Girls Club of Athens. In 2009, Nyaboke joined United Initiatives for Peace (UIP) as a Marketing Manager. UIP promotes higher education, offers creative recreational programs, and encourage social reform through female empowerment in communities worldwide.
Nyaboke is a 2003 graduate of the University of Georgia where she completed a double major in Business and Fashion Merchandising. She is a native Kenyan and lives in South Atlanta with one of her three siblings.
For information on launching a GivingPoint program at your school or favorite nonprofit, contact Nyaboke by emailing Nyaboke@MyGivingPoint.org
or by calling 770.709.5010.
joined the GivingPoint team in February of 2013 as the Youth Outreach Coordinator and manages many special projects and programs for the organization. She also oversees the selection, execution, and submission of grant requests that help fund GivingPoint’s community impact programs. In addition, Kellye manages several relationships and special projects with key GivingPoint partners in an effort to grow youth civic engagement.
Prior to joining GivingPoint, Kellye worked on the Education Team at Youth Service America (YSA) in Washington, DC. At YSA, she aided in the management of three national K-12 service-learning programs and developed resources and trainings for all grantees. Before her role at YSA, Kellye worked as a finance fellow for a congressional campaign.
Originally from Philadelphia, Kellye is a 2012 graduate of the University of Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science along with a minor in Dance. While at UGA, Kellye continued the civic engagement path that she began in high school by volunteering in the community and taking on leadership roles within the school. Aside from her passion for education equality, Kellye also has a love of dance and performed in a contemporary modern and aerial dance company while in college. Kellye currently resides in Atlanta, GA with her dog, Ellie.
Leah Williamson serves as the Secretary of the Board for GivingPoint and Administrator of the Myfifident Foundation. She comes to the Foundation with over 30 years of administrative assistance expertise across a broad spectrum of business entities having supported executives in the high tech, temporary services and print manufacturing arenas.
Most recently, she worked directly for and supported Derek Smith in his role as Chairman and CEO of ChoicePoint Inc. until the sale of the company was consummated in the fall of 2008. Leah resides in the Cummings area with her husband, Jim, and their two "children" - their dogs - Sophie and Katy.