Janis L. Ware a native Atlantan was one of the first African American females to graduate from the University of Georgia’s prestigious Terry College of Business. Earned an MBA in Project Management from American InterContinental University. She completed NeighborWorks’ Achieving Excellence Program facilitated by Harvard University in 2012.
She began working at The Atlanta Voice, founded by her late father, J. Lowell Ware and Ed Clayton in 1966 after graduating in 1977. She became publisher in 1991 after the untimely death of her father. Under her leadership, The Atlanta Voice has expanded its footprint its to include all forms of social media, video production and web development. Her goal is to build the company’s reach to 1 million loyal consumers each month.
Ware currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Treasurer of the Board of Local Media Association (LMA). She chairs the Boards of Southside Medical Center and the Metropolitan Atlanta Land Bank Authority, while she also serves on the board of Atlanta Technical College.
A multi-talented and dynamic entrepreneur, Janis is also known for her passion for community economic development. She currently serves as Executive Director of SUMMECH Community Development Corporation, an organization that has developed more than 1700 housing units independently and in partnership with for-profit developers. She is an unquestioned leader helping the citizens of Atlanta for more than 50 years.