Staff & Board

The Georgia Watch team is a dedicated group of advocates who are committed to realizing the goals of Georgia Watch. We work closely with elected officials, government services and agencies, members of the media, and other advocacy groups as we strive to provide a voice for consumers across Georgia.

Liz Coyle

Liz Coyle

Executive Director 
lcoyle@georgiawatch.org

Liz Coyle joined the team at Georgia Watch in February 2012. She provides leadership for the organization and fosters an entrepreneurial environment in which the team works collaboratively to achieve its mission. As Executive Director, Liz manages the organization’s operations and staff and oversees all Georgia Watch programs in the areas of Health Access, Consumer Energy, Civil Justice and Financial Protection. She serves as primary liaison to the board of directors and engages the board, staff and stakeholders in implementing the organization’s strategic plan. She brings to her position more than 25 years of experience as a non-profit manager, communications professional and grassroots advocate.

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Born in New York City but raised in Atlanta, Liz graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. She has worked with a broad spectrum of organizations including multi-national consumer products companies, public utilities, non-profit associations, and local governments. Previously, she was director of community education for PEDS, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians. A champion of community causes, Liz has served in numerous volunteer roles as a neighborhood leader and advocate for children. She is a past president of the Council of Intown Neighborhoods and Schools (CINS), where she worked to foster the development of safe, quality education in Atlanta Public Schools, helping to secure resources, identify critical issues, and seek solutions to problems. Currently, Liz is chairman of the Historic Fourth Ward Park Conservancy board.

From the early days of its inception, Liz has been a follower and supporter of the Atlanta BeltLine. She is a founding member and chair of the BeltLine Network, an alliance of organizations including Park Pride, Georgia Stand-up, Concerned Black Clergy, Trees Atlanta, Georgia Conservancy, Community Housing Resource Center, AHAND, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and Sierra Club, all working to ensure the BeltLine lives up to its vision to connect Atlanta and its citizens through transit, trails, parks and economic development. Additionally, Liz was the citizen representative on the board of directors of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. from September 2006 to August 2009.

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Berneta L. Haynes

Director of Equity and Access
bhaynes@georgiawatch.org

Berneta L. Haynes is the Director of Equity and Access at Georgia Watch, where she works to make quality healthcare, financial literacy, energy programs and civil justice more equitable and accessible for all.

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An attorney and champion of energy equity, Berneta brings a unique mix of legal advocacy work, writing expertise and innovative use of digital journalism to impact pressing consumer issues.

Prior to joining the Georgia Watch team, Berneta spent years working on issues from diesel pollution reduction and energy efficiency to solar energy access. Berneta recently worked at Southern Environmental Law Center where she engaged in policy work around expanding access to solar energy and energy efficiency to low-to-moderate income families and communities of color. Since graduating from law school, she has engaged in environmental justice and energy equity work as an attorney in Chicago at Environmental Law and Policy Center and worked on consumer energy issues at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. Berneta also brings to Georgia Watch significant writing and editing experience, as a published author and editor of a nonprofit website.

Berneta received a J.D. from University of Iowa College of Law, a B.A. in English, Psychology, and Writing from Drury University, and a Master’s in English from University of Iowa.

Her interest in environmental justice and equity stems from her liberal arts background and research around intersections of race, class and gender in American literature and culture. 

Beth Stephens

Beth Stephens

Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
bstephens@georgiawatch.org

Beth Stephens is the Senior Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Georgia Watch where she works to advance the mission of the organization across all program areas. Beth also oversees the work of the Health Access Program, which seeks to ensure access to safe, quality, affordable healthcare for all Georgians through consumer education, policy development, and advocacy.

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Prior to joining the Georgia Watch team, Beth was an attorney in the Health Law Unit at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. where she represented low-income Georgians in a variety of civil legal matters, including employment, Medicaid, Social Security, private insurance coverage, contract disputes, public and private housing, disability discrimination claims and estate planning.

Beth received a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) and a B.A. in English and Political Science from Emory University. At UDC-DCSL, Beth received the LeClercq Award for legal writing, served on the Law Review Editorial Board, and was a Merit Scholarship recipient.

Beth is a member of numerous professional and bar organizations and served as the Chair of the Public Interest Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association from 2013-2014.  She received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2016 Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award for her advocacy work to protect Georgia’s healthcare consumers.

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Trey Cason

Manager of Education and Empowerment
tcason@georgiawatch.org

Trey is the the Manager of Education and Empowerment at Georgia Watch, where he uses community education to empower consumers. Trey brings to Georgia Watch 7 years of experience working primarily in the human rights, justice, and poverty alleviation fields.

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Prior to joining the Georgia Watch team, Trey worked on program evaluation at The Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute and refugee and immigration policy at Lutheran Services of Georgia. Trey also has work experience in the areas of conflict management, community development, and anti-human trafficking. He is experienced in program management and partnership building.

Trey has a Master’s of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master’s of Social Work with a concentration in Community Development and Partnerships from Georgia State University.