The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) public policy team recently welcomed two new full-time team members: Natasha DiFiore, Director of Legal Affairs, and Afy Okoye, Government Affairs Coordinator.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) public policy team recently welcomed two new full-time team members: Natasha DiFiore, Director of Legal Affairs, and Afy Okoye, Government Affairs Coordinator. Please read below about their experiences and roles at MAC, in their own words.
Natasha DiFiore, Director of Legal Affairs, Public Policy
“I’m thrilled to have joined the MAC Public Policy team as Director of Legal Affairs in December 2020. In this role, I serve as point person on issues involving efforts to address legal climate initiatives and reforms at the Georgia State Capitol. I also contribute to MAC’s public policy efforts broadly on business climate issues, especially as they relate to workforce, economic development, education, and infrastructure.
“I’ve been lucky to have wide-ranging practice experience throughout my career, including working as a Central Staff Attorney for the Georgia Supreme Court, associate in the Litigation & Trial Practice group at Alston & Bird, public defender, and fellow with Georgia Justice Project (where I first dove into policy work). I earned my undergraduate degree in English from Emory University, my law degree from Duke University, and graduated from the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to get back into policy work with MAC’s Public Policy team, where I can draw on my public and private practice experience to help keep Georgia the #1 state to do business.”
Afy Okoye, Government Affairs Coordinator, Public Policy
“This January, I joined MAC as a Government Affairs Coordinator. I conduct research, provide project management support, and collaborate with stakeholders. I was motivated to join MAC because of my interest in Georgia's economic development and a desire to improve health outcomes. I earned a Master of Science in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from Georgia State University.
“Before joining MAC, I worked as a health research assistant at the London School of Economics, where I researched the relationship between political economy and non-infectious disease prevention policies. I have experience managing and operating employer-sponsored health plans for a Fortune 50 client, and I have worked as a communication and policy intern for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts. I am excited to be a part of MAC, and I look forward to advancing MAC’s policy agenda!”