Garner & Kundell Internships Created through ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation

The ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation recently created two separate internships in recognition of the outstanding public contributions made by the late Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner and the late Dr. Jim Kundell.

Commissioner Garner served as a leader among her peers through her involvement with ACCG and NACo.  In addition to serving as ACCG’s third vice-president, she was a member of its Policy Council, previously served in a leadership role on the ACCG Health and Human Services Committee and was actively involved in both the Federal Committee and the Economic Development Committee.  Additionally, she was very involved at the national level, rising to the level of Chairman of the NACo Health Steering Committee. The internship established in Commissioner Garner’s name will provide health and human services internship and fellowship opportunities.

Dr. Kundell had a distinguished career as a professor for the University of Georgia. He served as a trusted environmental advisor to a multitude of government entities and organizations, including the Georgia General Assembly, where he served as the Science & Technology Advisor. He further served as a significant resource to ACCG, the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Conference of Southern County Associations (CSCA), and county governments across the state regarding the development and creation of environmental policy. The internship established in Dr. Kundell’s name will provide environmental internship and fellowship opportunities.  

The families of Commissioner Garner and Dr. Kundell have asked that those wanting to honor their loved ones support the funding of these internships. Donations may be sent to:  ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation, 191 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA  30303. All checks should be made out to the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation (include entire name of the Foundation). Please specify in the memo line which internship opportunity is to be funded through the donation.

The ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization created to foster civic engagement and increase public awareness of the role and value of county government programs and services.   The Georgia County Internship Program is one of the foundation’s primary programs and seeks to place up to 40 interns in counties annually to give them a hands-on opportunity to work in local government.