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Beth Farokhi

Beth Farokhi

Georgia

Founder and Researcher
Women of Georgia Project

Biography

Dr. Beth Farokhi has been in the field of education for over 40 years. She began her career in Cobb County as a teacher. After completing her doctorate degree, she worked at Georgia State University as an administrator in the College of Education. She coordinated curriculum development for over 50 degree programs in education for 24 years. She was honored in 2004 for exemplary long-time service and dedication. She was a co-principal investigator for a multimillion dollar National Science Foundation collaborative with five Georgia colleges and universities which focused on integrating gender equity and reform in higher education. She has several publications, made numerous presentations across the country and has received numerous awards and recognitions.  In addition, she created the Georgia State University Leadership Academy for Women, a year-long program focused on professional and personal skill development for women staff. 

When she retired from the university system she decided to run for Cobb County School Board. Running in a predominantly Republican area she garnered 43 percent of the vote by knocking on 3,000 doors and appealing across party lines.  She was the first Democrat to run in East Cobb in over 20 years. Next, as a strong supporter of public schools and concerned with over-testing, lack of support for professional educators and reduced state funding she ran for the Georgia state school superintendent position where she traveled the state for two years and talked to thousands of people. At the conclusion of the campaign, she was offered the opportunity to head the Galloway School in Atlanta as an interim for two years.  She now is a consultant on educational issues and leadership development.

Farokhi has an EdD from the University of Georgia, a MAT from Emory University and a BA with a double major in Elementary Education and Health and Physical Education from LaGrange College.

Farokhi's leadership in the field of education outside of her duties at Georgia State University included the creation of an international newsletter, Educational Equity Report which she edited for thirteen years. She has served on several local, state and national boards such as the American Association of University Women, a nonpartisan education-focused organization, for four years as executive vice president/secretary. She served previously on the board as the regional director for the South Atlantic Region for two terms where she traveled to six states and Puerto Rico providing leadership training.  In addition, she served two years on the national board of the Legal Advocacy Fund and served on the National Advisory Board for Gender Inclusion for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She was a part of the founding Curriculum Advisory Board and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Atlanta Girls School in Atlanta. She currently serves as chair of the Education Committee for Georgia Federation of Democratic Women and in 2014 received the Educator of the Year award from the Cobb County Democratic Women organization.

Beth lives in Cobb County with her husband, Dr. N.R. Farokhi a professor of political science. She and her husband have 3 adult children.