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

Senior Director of Policy and Access

Natasha Taylor is the Senior Director of Policy and Access 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.

Sarah Phillips

Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy

Sarah Phillips joined the Georgia Watch team in December 2021. Her background in legislative relations, policy research and analysis, and advocacy training helps her work toward leveling the playing field for all Georgians in the organization’s key impact areas–civil justice, consumer energy, healthcare access, and financial protection.

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Sarah’s passion for fairness and equity was sparked by the opportunity civil rights leader Dr. Bernard Lafayette provided when he granted her a scholarship to study at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation to become a certified trainer in Kingian Nonviolence. This experience directed her toward Georgia State University where she graduated with honors with degrees in Political Science and Public Policy. To deepen her education in public policy and policy research, she pursued a Master of Public Administration at the GSU Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a concentration in Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation. In addition, she worked at the Georgia State Capitol conducting policy research for new legislation and analyzing each bill’s impact, developing reports on pending legislation, tracking legislative priorities, and working with members of the media. With a love of policy research and a passion for educating Georgians about how they can protect their quality of life and their wallets, Sarah knows she has found her professional home at Georgia Watch.

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.