Who We Are
Griffin & Strong, P.C. (GSPC) is an Atlanta, Georgia-based professional corporation that focuses on law and public policy consulting. The firm was organized in 1992, incorporated in June, 1996, and has been in business continuously since that time—over twenty years. Griffin & Strong, P.C. has methodically built its experience and reputation in the area of public policy consulting and has conducted disparity studies, led public hearings, drafted legislation, and evaluated programs for numerous jurisdictions. GSPC is unique in that it is a law firm with a public policy consulting division whose sole focus is disparity research and DBE/MBE/WBE program analysis and development. Therefore, we are suited to analyze and respond to the current legal climate which confronts governmental efforts to ensure that all citizens are given an equal opportunity to compete in the area of public contracting.
We have performed disparity studies and other public policy and consulting services for these jurisdictions:
- Atlanta (GA) Public Schools
- Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games
- City of Atlanta, Georgia
- City of Cincinnati, Ohio
- City of Columbus, Ohio
- City of Durham, North Carolina
- City of Jackson, Mississippi
- City of Memphis, Tennessee
- City of Phoenix, Arizona
- City of Savannah, Georgia
- City of St. Louis, Missouri
- Clark County, Nevada
- Clayton County, Georgia
- Commonwealth of Kentucky
- Cuyahoga County, Ohio
- Dekalb County, Georgia
- Durham County, North Carolina
- Fulton County, Georgia
- Fulton County-City Atlanta Landbank Authority
- Georgia Department of Transportation
- Georgia Lottery
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Houston Metropolitan Transit
- Jackson (MS) Municipal Airport Authority
- Jackson (MS) Public School District
- Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
- Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
- Montgomery County, Maryland
- Nashville Airport Authority
- New Orleans (LA) Aviation Board
- Newark, New Jersey Consortium
- Richmond County, Georgia
- State of Georgia Department of Administrative Services
- State of Tennessee
- Tennessee Valley
Rodney K. Strong, Esq., CEO, Principal in Charge
Mr. Strong is an attorney with over twenty- five years of experience in contract compliance and extensive experience with M/WBE programs. Mr. Strong is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and represents a range of public entity and corporate clients, specializing in public contract, public finance, civil litigation and real estate law. In addition to his law practice, Mr. Strong is currently the project principal for public policy consulting engagements with several state and local governmental entities. He also serves as the general counsel for the City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority. He is currently the supplier diversity consultant for the New Atlanta Falcons Stadium, being constructed in Atlanta, and recently served as supplier diversity consultant for The College Football Hall of Fame, also in Atlanta.
Widely considered one of the foremost national experts in the areas of disparity research and supplier diversity program development, his experience was developed during a long tenure as Director of Contract Compliance for the City of Atlanta, Georgia. Attorney Strong was the principal architect of the City of Atlanta’s EBO Program, which became the national model for minority business programs. He also was invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Michele Clark Jenkins, Senior Director, Consulting Group–Project Manager.
Ms. Jenkins heads the consulting division of Griffin & Strong, P.C., and has recently served as the project manager for disparity studies for Georgia Department of Transportation; City of Savannah, Georgia; Cuyahoga County, Ohio; and The City and County of Durham, NC amongst several others. She has served as the lead consultant on goal setting projects for the Georgia Department of Transportation and Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport; has completed an evaluation of the non-discrimination in purchasing and contracting policy and program for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and performed an availability analysis for women-owned businesses for the Fulton County Gender Equality Program.
Additionally, Ms. Jenkins has also developed methodology, performed initial goal-setting and trained personnel on goal-setting for Clayton County, Georgia’s Small Local Business Enterprise Program, which was developed by Griffin & Strong, P.C. She is currently performing benchmarking for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee and is serving as Project Manager for the disparity study in progress for St. Louis County.
Sterling Johnson, Consultant – Deputy Project Manager
Mr. Johnson has served as Deputy Project Manager on disparity studies for the Georgia Department of Transportation and the City of Memphis and is currently serving in this capacity for the St. Louis County, MO, disparity study, an availability study for the Louisville Water Company and a consulting arrangement for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He has previous project/case management experience in the public sector with the state of Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in Sociology. He also received his Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and Planning from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Imani Griffin Strong, Consultant - Anecdotal Research Analysis
Ms. Strong has previously served as Deputy Project Manager on five disparity studies and has conducted purchasing practices reviews the City of Savannah, the Georgia Department of Transportation, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and the City and County of Durham, North Carolina studies. Most recently, Ms. Strong was tabbed as Qualitative Research Coordinator for the St. Louis County (MO) disparity study. Ms. Strong served as anecdotal researcher in conducting public hearings, focus groups, and interviews on numerous studies, as well as serving as a data analysis. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Anthropology and received her MSc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Gregory Price—Senior Economist
Dr. Price has both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.A. in Economics from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA. He is the former Charles E. Merrill Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia and Interim Dean of the Business School at Langston University. Dr. Price has recently returned to Morehouse College as professor of Economics. He has over fifteen years of experience conducting economic analyses of discrimination and disparity in employment, private sector contracting, and lending and public contracting. Dr. Price has had numerous articles and reports published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, Review of Economics and Statistics, Applied Economics, and the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance. He has served as senior economist for nine disparity studies.
Dr. J. Vincent Eagan - Technical Advisor
Dr. Eagan has been working on disparity studies since 1993, serving as a principal investigator, expert witness and technical advisor. He has been a successful expert witness in six cases involving minority business programs. In two instances, Dr. Eagan’s expert witness testimony supported disparity studies upheld at the federal circuit court level, in particular the case of Rowe v. Tippett, the case governing disparity studies in the Fourth Circuit. Some of his more prominent engagements include the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. State Department, the State of Texas, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of New York and the Centers for Disease Control. He also worked as the technical advisor on the 2012 City of Greensboro Disparity Study. Dr. Eagan has a J.D. from Harvard Law and a Ph. D and B.A. in Economics from Georgia State University. He has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration at Morehouse College since 1993.
Dr. B. Rom Haghighi – Chief Statistician
Dr. Haghighi is a senior statistician with over thirty (30) years of experience in managing and analyzing large databases. His prime responsibility in the last few years has been statistical analysis for disparity studies conducted for various state and local agencies. He has a Ph.D with a concentration in data mining, data modeling and statistical analysis. He had a 21-year career as a college professor, teaching various graduate and undergraduate research and statistics courses before becoming Director of Research at the Texas Department of Health Sciences. In 2008, Dr. Haghighi was recruited by the Texas Comptroller to oversee the largest disparity study conducted on record, including 149 state agencies, 9 medical and health science centers and 52 state universities. Dr. Haghighi conducted all related tasks from data collection up to producing statistical tables and conducting the final regression analysis.
Susan G. Johnson—Director of Corporate Communications and Human Resources
Ms. Johnson serves as Project Administrator in the areas of bid and project development, contract administration, questionnaire coordination, and assists with reporting requirements. She has performed the administrative function or served as deputy project manager on eleven disparity studies. Ms. Johnson has had significant experience in the area of public contracting, having served as a Contract Compliance Specialist with the City of Atlanta. Ms. Johnson has a B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College, and two M.S. degrees from Georgia State University, one in Human Resource Management and the other in Urban Government Administration.
David J. Maher, Esq—Legal Research Analyst
Mr. Maher is a highly-rated attorney with over twenty years of experience in courtrooms and law offices in both Florida and Georgia. He has gained experience in a wide variety of practice areas and worked closely with both nationally-recognized law firms as well as general counsel for several top companies. Mr. Maher offers extensive experience across a wide variety of practice areas, including corporate defense, litigation support, civil appeals and general counsel in both state and federal courts. Mr. Maher has significant experience in appellate services in both state and federal courts and is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law with High Honors.
Tanesha Jones – Senior Data Analyst
Ms. Jones is the Senior Data Analyst for Griffin & Strong P.C. Ms. Jones has extensive skills and background in Information Systems and Statistics and has served as Sr. Data Analyst for five disparity studies and multiple other consulting arrangements conducted by Griffin and Strong. She offers experience both in statistics and quantitative research and obtained her B.S. in Information Systems with a minor in Statistics from Kennesaw State University.