• Kenneth Crooks, Jr.
    Executive Director Emeritus

  • As times change, what previously was a ‘dialogue about race’ has evolved into a holistic approach to diversity in our community and beyond.

    One Columbus, has also evolved, strengthening its core mission: striving to inspire, motivate, promote diversity, and ensure that each member of the community is respected and valued. Recognizing and appreciating diversity is an obligation to which each of us must be committed. If we accept and act on this challenge, then Columbus will truly become a ‘One Columbus’.

Dare to Dream Summit 2008

Dare to Dream is an annual teen summit which gives local teens (high school sophomores and juniors) an opportunity to discuss diversity, race relations, community issues, and the many life challenges they face. Originally started 15 years ago by Leadership Columbus and supported by One Columbus, Inc. this year One Columbus, Inc. is proud to host this important event. This year’s program focuses on Recognizing, Relating and Respecting the differences and diversity of others and how we can work together to build bridges and connect together as a community — One Community, One Columbus.

Jorge Vega

Jorge Vega joined Hatcher Stubbs on January 1, 2006. Jorge has been practicing law, primarily civil litigation, since his admission to the State Bar of Texas in 1983. He is also admitted to practice law in Washington State (2002), and in 2005 became licensed in the State of Georgia.

From January 1994 until January 1999, Jorge served as the First Assistant Attorney General for the Texas Attorney General’s Office where he was responsible for the management and supervision of the entire Office of the Attorney General, comprised of approximately 650 lawyers plus over 3,000 employees. In that capacity, he made all final major litigation decisions, as well as final management, personnel, and administrative decisions and had direct oversight of all contracts and a $250 million annual budget. Jorge was responsible for communication and contact with all elected and appointed officials, and worked with the Texas Legislature on all matters, including appropriations, legal issues, legislation, etc. He was responsible for meeting with business and community leaders, county and city officials, members of the judiciary, and members of the public to address matters of public importance.

After leaving the Attorney General’s Office, Jorge returned to private practice, again, in civil litigation, until he accepted the position of Planning Director for the City of Bellingham, Washington in early 2003. He served in that capacity until relocating to Columbus, Georgia in December 2005 and joining Hatcher Stubbs in January, 2006. Jorge also taught Constitutional Law at the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Texas at San Antonio.