Born the daughter of a Pastor and Freedom Fighter, Carlotta grew up watching her parents March and fight for equality alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Congressman John Lewis. Her experiences at a very young age led her to a life of service which helped shape her into the tactical influential leader she is today.
Carlotta is an Atlanta native; educated in the Atlanta Public Schools; and received her degrees in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Brenau University, in Gainesville, Georgia. She was appointed to the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) Board of Directors in 2012, this board services over 60,000 water customers managing a $72 million dollar budget. Carlotta brings diverse and extensive professional experience to her public service on the Water Authority Board.
Carlotta is a managing partner and VP of Business Development with The Harrell Group which is a multifunctional Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) consulting firm with a combined 30 years of experience that provides organizational change management assistance, strategy development and operational improvement services to public and private entities. Many of her clients are municipal governments which she assists with strategic planning, organizational structure and public private partnership development.
Carlotta served as Chief of Staff for the Henry County Commissioner in District V for almost 10 years, where she directed administrative, operational and economic development activities. She previously provided consulting services as a Project Manager for The Georgia Conference of African American Mayors for 12 years, assisting mayors and cities with identifying over 300 million dollars in funding for infrastructure and economic development projects, connecting public private partnership opportunities throughout Georgia. While also assisting with strategic organizational structure and planning, developing project budgets, as well as human resource related issues.
In addition, Carlotta has spent several years consulting with other government entities, agencies, and nonprofit organizations, assisting them in identifying and organizing economic development opportunities, primarily through public-private partnerships. These relationships enabled her to assist her clients to garner and generate funding for workforce development, senior housing, commercial and mixed-use developments, as well as small business development initiatives and retention plans, again with the use of a variety of public and private funding sources.
Prior to her work in community and economic development, she served 20 years in law enforcement in the State of Georgia. Lastly, Carlotta has a true heart for the community and has always gone the extra mile to serve and give back She has served on numerous nonprofit boards in leadership roles including the Greater Piney Grove CDC Board of Directors, American Women’s Business Association, National Council of Negro Woman (NCNW) Public Policy State Chair, and the Henry County SPLOST Committee Vice Chair. Carlotta currently serves as the State President of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women (GFDW), Co-Chair with the Women for Biden in Georgia Campaign, and is on the Executive Committee for the Georgia Democratic Party (DPG). She is a member of the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church where she serves on the Deaconess Board. She is married to Retired DeKalb County Deputy Police Chief Kennis Harrell; she is the mother of three adult children and five grandchildren.