Staff & Board

Liz Coyle

Executive Director

Liz Coyle joined Georgia Watch in February 2012. She leads the team of nonprofit advocates serving as a powerful statewide voice for Georgia’s consumers on policies that open doors to the financial mainstream, increase financial security, improve access to affordable healthcare and lower consumers’ energy burden. As Executive Director, Liz manages the organization’s operations and staff and oversees all Georgia Watch impact areas.

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In addition to her role with Georgia Watch, Liz accepted an appointment to the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, serving in 2018-2019. In 2021, she testified before the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs to share insights on protecting consumers in the pandemic recovery economy. Liz served as vice chair of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative board from 2018 to 2021. As a civic leader, she champions community causes. Currently, she is board chairman of the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy. Previously, she served on the board of directors of the Atlanta BeltLine. Liz has more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit manager, communications professional and grassroots advocate. She received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia.

Natasha Taylor

Deputy Director

Natasha Taylor is the Deputy Director at Georgia Watch. Natasha brings a diverse knowledge and understanding of public policy, community outreach, consumer relations, and healthcare access to the team. She is dedicated to increasing access to quality healthcare, access to clean energy, and improving financial literacy and well-being for marginalized populations across Georgia.

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Natasha has always had a passion for advocacy. She discovered that she could turn her passion into a career while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Georgia State University (GSU). After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Natasha continued to advance on her academic path by pursuing a master’s degree in Gerontology at the GSU Gerontology Institute. While in the program, she was chosen to work as a fully funded research assistant with the Convoys of Care study, focusing on how to support informal care networks in assisted living communities in ways that promoted residents’ ability to age in place with optimal resident, and informal and formal caregiver quality of life. She also received the Fulton County Gerontology Award and graduated with honors. Throughout her college career, Natasha expressed a strong desire to work in the fields of public policy and advocacy to help improve the quality of life for marginalized populations across the state. After graduation, Natasha served as Deputy Director of the Georgia Council on Aging where she was successful in helping to lobby for many changes at the State legislature including quality-of-care improvements in Personal Care Homes and Nursing Homes, funding for a Behavioral Health Coach project in Tifton and Albany, Disaster Planning Equity for Senior Care Providers, and increased funding for Home and Community Based Services. In addition to her vast academic knowledge base, Natasha brings over 15 years of management, event planning, and consumer relations experience to her position.

Shana Risby

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

Shana Risby has joined Georgia Watch as the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. As a Detroit native, she became civically grounded at a young age and nurtured a deep passion for storytelling and improving the quality of life in her community. Understanding that public communication is essential in tackling complex issues, Shana works to spark meaningful conversations and uplift the voices of underrepresented demographics in both digital and physical spaces.

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In this role, Shana looks forward to expanding the reach and influence of the organization by developing innovative strategies to communicate with Georgia consumers. She aims to increase awareness of Georgia Watch’s work, strengthen organizational branding, and implement strategies to grow followers and engagement on social media platforms. Before joining the team, Shana worked in the financial industry, helping everyday consumers manage their money through informal marketing and communications campaigns. She is proficient in social media, which has helped her boost engagement analytics on multiple platforms for several small businesses by building brand awareness, educating audiences, and developing digital content.

Shana earned a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications and Public Relations from Marian University, deepening her interest in storytelling. While playing collegiate basketball at her university, she helped reinstate the Black Student Union after 15 years, creating a space for students to coexist as their authentic selves. Shana also brought new life to the campus newspaper, serving as a reporter. In addition, she has conducted news stories focusing on children experiencing foster care in Michigan, sharing their personal stories and lived experience with the community by teaming up with organizations like Park West Foundation and Channel 7 WXYZ. Shana is excited to bring a new spark to Georgia Watch.

Rahwa Yehdego

Policy Research Associate

Rahwa Yehdego joined Georgia Watch as a Rollins Earn and Learn Intern through the Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and is now joining as the Policy Research Associate. Rahwa is well versed in health policy, social determinants of health, and amplifying advocacy efforts. She is passionate about developing community-centered policy solutions to address health disparities.

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Rahwa is a first-year MPH Health Policy student pursuing a certificate in Social Determinants of Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University where she double majored in Public Health Studies and Molecular and Cellular Biology. In her time at Hopkins, she volunteered as a patient health advocate at a health clinic where she developed her passion for public health and specifically working in health policy to help address health disparities. She channeled her advocacy efforts into her work at PeaceTech Lab where she served as the Road to Equal Justice Intern, helping bring together community leaders for innovative workshops on how to incorporate tech into their justice efforts. In her future career, she hopes to be able to advocate for communities by helping craft policies directly informed by those they are meant to serve. As such, she is excited to be partnering with Georgia Watch and helping advocate for consumers while learning more about the health policy landscape in Georgia.

Kate Billard

Program Manager

As Program Manager, Kate Billard removes project barriers and coordinates policy initiatives so team members and stakeholders can reach their full potential. She is passionate about contending with the relationship between law and economic outcomes, and through Georgia Watch hopes to inspire further support for consumer protection in the legal field and beyond.

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While attending Georgia State University College of Law, Kate quickly realized the field of consumer protection was her calling. In 2021, she joined Georgia Watch as a summer extern—and stayed through the school year to complete work on our Helping Georgians Manage Garnishment Actions policy paper. Concurrently, she interned with the National Credit Union Administration to research inclusive practices for financial institutions. In 2022, she was a summer intern at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Office of Regulations. Placed on an incredible team of attorneys, data analysts, and paralegals, she performed research for a Congressionally appointed rulemaking focused on fraud and misrepresentation occurring in a green energy loan program. The CFPB provided an eagle-eyed view of the nation’s consumer protection landscape, and Kate knew she wanted to return to work at the state level for Georgia consumers.