Committed to dismantling racism and anti-Semitism
Victoria Raggs (she/her) is AJOCC’s co-founder and Executive Director. She is a progressive strategist, DEI consultant, disability rights advocate, and lobbyist.
For 15 years she has demonstrated leadership with organizations to build data-driven, measurable commitments to racial justice, equity, and anti-oppression strategies. She specializes in mobilizing communities to be their own powerful voices against economic and structural inequalities.
Due to her unique experience navigating multicultural Jews through all aspects of Jewish mainstream living, she is highly regarded as a change agent and trailblazer in and around the Southeast. She strives to align Jewish values to the contemporary American condition. “We have a tradition of “Tikkun Olam” to uphold; that we should leave the world better than we found it.”
Victoria serves on the JF&CS (Jewish Family & Career Services) Board of Directors, and on their Board Governance Committee. She also serves on the AJC Atlanta’s (American Jewish Committee) Board of Counselors and is a Co-chair of the Black and Jewish Coalition of Atlanta. For three years Victoria has participated as a Core leader with Bend the Arc, Atlanta. The Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) selected Victoria for their 2020-2021 Agents of Change Cohort.
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. She has served on her synagogue’s Education, Inclusion, and Sisterhood Committees. In 2018, she traveled to Israel with the Jewish Women Connect/Momentum trip.
Victoria is also a member of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Programming Committee. During Advocacy Days at the Georgia State Capital, Victoria works as a team lead lobbyist for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.
She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and studied for a Masters in Education Administration at Virginia Tech University. While at Illinois, Victoria was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American in the sport of Track and Field and competed in the USA Olympic Trials.
Committed to dismantling anti-Semitism, disability injustice, and all forms of hate.
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 just completed freshmen year at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is majoring in Pre-law and International policy. At just 19, she is on her way to being 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 camp counselor 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- 2020, 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.
During the 2019 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.