The Southern Regional Jewish Diversity and Racial Justice Education Collective
Who We Are
Victoria Raggs is the Co-Founding Executive Director of the Atlanta Jews of Color Council. She is a progressive intercultural strategist, DEI consultant, and disability rights advocate. Victoria lives and works at the intersection of Afro-Caribbean and Jewish identity. Her activism seeks to normalize, affirm, and elevate the multidimensional identities of historically excluded people through discourse and advocacy around justice and equity. For 15 years she has demonstrated leadership with organizations to build data driven, measurable commitments to collective liberation strategies. This year, she was nominated among Atlanta’s 10 Inspiring Black Women Making History, by Best Self Atlanta Magazine, and is a 2022 Fellow of Jewish Women International’s Jewish Communal Women’s Leadership Project.
Victoria is actively engaged in the Jewish community currently serving on The Governance Committee for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, on the Board of Directors at the Jewish Family and Career Services (JF&CS), and on the Board of Counselors for the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) as a Co-Chair of the Atlanta Black/Jewish Coalition. Victoria holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership. She is certified as a member of the Board Member Institute by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. The mother of four has been on numerous committees and associations at Jewish Day Schools such as The Atlanta Jewish Academy (formerly The Greenfield Hebrew Academy), The Epstein School, and The Weber Jewish High School. She and her family are active members of Congregation B’nai Torah synagogue.
Ariel Raggs (she/her) is AJOCC’s co-founder and Director of Strategic Engagement. She is responsible for shaping and sharing the narrative of our work and will manage the internal and external communications to engage our various audiences and stakeholders. It is under Ariel’s direction that AJOCC will be built and sustained into the future. Ariel is a sophomore at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is majoring in Pre-law and International policy. She is a next-generation thought-leader and engager of diverse ecosystems in a cross-cultural context. As a Class of 2021 graduate of Chamblee Charter High School, she was enrolled in the gifted program where she took honors German classes and worked as a tutor for German students. She also taught for three years as a madricha at Congregation B’nai Torah’s synagogue religious school. In addition to her duties at AJOCC, Ariel is an experienced summer camp counselor having worked at Camp Ramah Darom, and In the City Camp. Despite the pandemic, Ariel participated in the 2021 Winter CIE- Center for Israel Education Teen Israel Leadership Institute. She was a 2020 Honoree of The Atlanta Jewish Times “18 under 18” Leadership Award. Ariel was selected to attend the 2020 Justice Robert Benham Law Camp, for future attorneys. From 2017- 2021, she has worked on the political campaigns of candidates such as Lucy McBath, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock, and President Biden. In 2019, Ariel traveled to Washington D.C., as a member of the AJC – American Jewish Committee’s Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT) program to meet diplomats and lobby against anti-Semitism. Ariel’s leadership extends into athletics as well. In high school she was the captain of her Track and Field team. During the 2019 JCC Atlanta Maccabi Games, Ariel was co-captain of the Track and Field Team and broke four meet records. She made history by being the first Maccabi athlete to ever take home an unprecedented nine medals.
The above photo is of Ariel winning the DeKalb County Championships. She went on to win the Regional and Sectional Championships as well.