The PG Team
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2007, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development, and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Every day, a team of dedicated professionals work to drive the mission of Partnership Gwinnett to strengthen the economic vitality of the community.
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Vice President of Economic Development
(678) 584-2265 office
More About Andrew Carnes
Andrew Carnes serves as the Vice President of Economic Development for Partnership Gwinnett. He joined Partnership Gwinnett in 2015 as the Director of Economic Development and was promoted to Senior Director of Economic Development in 2017.
As the VP of Economic Development, Carnes oversees the countywide economic development strategy which includes business recruitment and retention efforts, redevelopment, entrepreneurship, workforce development, as well as industry programs and events.
In this role Carnes also oversees the international marketing efforts for Gwinnett County and has been invited to participate in international delegations to the headquarters of many Gwinnett companies, including those in Belgium, the Czech Republic, China, France, Germany, South Korea, and Switzerland.
Prior to Partnership Gwinnett, Carnes served as the Executive Director for the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority where he managed and directed the countywide economic development strategy, including existing industry expansion services and recruitment of new business. During his time in Dalton-Whitfield Carnes helped to land the Engineered Floors project which created 2,400 jobs and $450 million in investment. This project was selected as GEDA’s Deal of the Year Award, Area Development’s Golden Shovel Award, Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Award for Community Impact, and a Top Project of the Year by Site Selection Magazine.
Over the course of his career, Carnes has assisted in creating over $2.1 billion in capital investment and over 12,000 jobs.
He is currently a member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA), the International Economic Development Council and the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). He serves on the GEDA Young Professionals committee and is the past Co-Chairman of SEDC’s Young Professionals committee for 2015 and 2016.
Carnes earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2015.
Vice President, Education, Talent & Leadership Development
(678) 474-1701 office
More About Adam Forrand
Adam serves as Vice President, Education, Talent & Leadership Development for the Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett. He leads the implementation efforts for Partnership Gwinnett’s Goal 2 Education and Workforce Excellence initiatives and serves as the key point person to connect and better align the demands of the County’s talent development needs.
Adam brings a wealth of cumulative experience (20+ years) in the education sector, having served secondary and post-secondary school clients across the nation (non-profit and for-profit institutions alike) addressing enrollment management, content, curriculum and marketing communication needs. He has made significant contributions to the success of a range of companies from a Seattle-based education-technology startup and a Miami-based marketing and content management services provider, to multi-national education companies such as Houghton Mifflin and Pearson Learning. He was also the founder of a print and digital brand marketing agency in metro-Atlanta.
Adam hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
More About Randall Toussaint
More About Deven Cason
Deven Cason serves as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion for Partnership Gwinnett. In this role she is responsible for Gwinnett’s existing industry ecosystem within our five target sectors. Her time is spent engaging with existing companies within Gwinnett and equipping them with the data, resources and connections in order for them to make informed business decisions and have a support system in the community.
Prior to this role Deven held the position of Director of Economic Development and Senior Project Manager for the advanced manufacturing and supply chain industries.
Deven is a 2020 Leadership Gwinnett graduate and an active member of the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association (GEDA). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Economics from the University of Georgia.
More About Lauren Como
Lauren serves as the Programs Manager for Partnership Gwinnett. She is responsible for planning and executing events and meetings in addition to managing sponsorships. Lauren joined PG in 2018 as a Programs Coordinator, supporting the marketing and communications team. Prior to this role, Lauren worked in Training & Development at the Georgia Aquarium, creating professional development programs and managing on boarding and outreach.
Lauren is a Glance Gwinnett alumni and active in philanthropic efforts such as Relay for Life, Samaritan’s Purse, Feed My Starving Children and Hands On ATL.
Lauren has a Bachelors of Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College and is currently earning her Masters in Learning, Leadership & Organizational Development from the University of Georgia.
More About Jassy Ji
Jassy Ji serves as Project Manager at Partnership Gwinnett. She is responsible for economic development project activities in the advanced manufacturing & supply chain industries. Before joining Partnership Gwinnett, Jassy worked as a Greater China Initiatives Coordinator and Global Market Development Coordinator at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, where she helped manage foreign direct investment projects and promote Georgia’s tourism resources.
Prior to working in Economic Development, Jassy begin her career in information technology as an Associate Consultant with Red Clay Consulting. Jassy holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from Georgia State University.
More About Jalisa Murphy
Jalisa currently serves as the Research Analyst, Project Management for Partnership Gwinnett. In her role, she supports the project team with the planning and execution of prospect visits/tours, presentations, requests for information (RFIs) and follow up information. She also provides data and analytics for marketing initiatives and assists Partnership Gwinnett investors with data inquiries. Prior to this role, Jalisa served as Project Associate.
Before joining the Partnership Gwinnett team, Jalisa worked as an Associate Project Manager in IT for Sheetz, Inc. a chain of convenience stores and coffee shops headquartered in Altoona, Pennsylvania. While at Sheetz she participated in several internal functions to include coordinating IT projects, maintaining a project management database and tracking payment credit information.
New to Gwinnett, Jalisa recently moved from Pennsylvania where she attended Mount Aloysius College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While in PA she also completed an Associate Project Management (CAPM) certification at the Project Management Institute in Pennsylvania.
Jalisa and her husband, McClain currently reside in Lawrenceville, GA.
More About AnnMarie Grason
AnnMarie is the Project Coordinator for Partnership Gwinnett. In her role, she supports the project team in executing economic development activities for the Partnership Gwinnett strategy. Before joining the team full-time, AnnMarie worked as a Research Intern for Partnership Gwinnett in the summer of 2018. In this role she was responsible for gathering data on businesses and target industries in the county, state, and region for the project team.
AnnMarie recently graduated from Georgia Southern University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics.
More About Jordan McIntosh
Jordan serves as the workforce coordinator for Partnership Gwinnett. He is responsible for coordinating activities that support Gwinnett County’s workforce needs and advance solutions to those challenges. In addition, Jordan provides support to recruitment and retention projects by leveraging programs that link Gwinnett County businesses with the workforce system resources available from local, State and Federal partners.