Just Bakery of Atlanta

Just Bakery of Atlanta is a non-profit that partners with our refugee neighbors on paid job training, professional certification, and a living wage. We bake with local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible and aim to build a more diverse, compassionate, and connected community for all.
Just Bakery was founded to be a creative and viable option for next steps in the long-term resettlement process by providing opportunities for our partners to build economic security as they recreate home in the Atlanta area.  

Meet our staff


Bhima, Assistant Kitchen Manager

Bhima is an award-winning Bhutanese dancer, tutors elementary students, started a Nepali soccer team, and hopes to own her own bakery business someday.


Sisto, Retail and Baking Specialist

Sisto came to the Atlanta area from the Democratic Republic of Congo and is working hard towards his high school diploma. He loves working with people, learning new skills, and baking.


Hayat, Baking Specialist

Hayat is originally from Syria and resettled in the Atlanta area with her husband and three teenage children by way of Turkey.  She makes amazing baklava, takes English classes, and enjoys feeding her neighbors and friends.  


Carmel, Baking Specialist

Carmel originally called the Democratic Republic of Congo home and found her way to the U.S. from Namibia.  She's a busy mom of two and loves to bake, decorate, sew, and sing.


Mariam, Baking Specialist

Mariam is rebuilding home in the Atlanta area after leaving Pakistan with her teenage daughter.  She loves to eat watermelon, spend time with friends, and sing.  Mariam hopes to open her own Pakistani restaurant someday.

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Zenaba, Retail and Baking Specialist

Zenaba was born in Central African Republic and grew up in Chad, where she started a baking business with her mother.  Now she's a busy nursing student who  who also enjoys braiding hair and making cinnamon rolls for her family.


Nem, Retail and Baking Specialist

Nem came to the U.S. from Myanmar by way of India and is pursuing her CNA while she works with Just Bakery of Atlanta. She speaks four languages, has experience making sushi, and is wild about pineapple cake.


Yeser, Retail and Baking Specialist

Yeser was born to Syrian parents in Venezuela and has lived in both countries with extended family. He has worked in customer service positions for 15 years and loves to spend time with family, watch sports, and eat pasta. Yeser has dreams of opening his own business and being reunited with his family.


Mehrnush, Retail and Baking Specialist

Mehrnush came to the U.S from Iran through Turkey. She is eager to continue her law studies and travel around the world and loves music, reading, and learning about different cultures. Mehrnush has worked as a teacher and enjoys helping others.


Laleeta, Retail and Baking Specialist

Laleeta is originally from Bhutan and loves to spend time with family, especially her young daughter. She is a very quick learner and jumped right in leading shifts with Just Bakery. Laleeta is eager to know more about running a business and is looking forward to getting Just Bakery’s storefront up and running.


Nuli, Retail and Baking Specialist

Nuli came to the U.S. from Burma and is a graduate of Clarkston High School. She loves working with a team of people and helping others, and she’s interested in pursuing a nursing degree. Nuli also loves singing, cooking, and baking and looks forward to developing recipes for Just Bakery of Atlanta’s menu.


Lakeisha Sesay, Retail Training and Sales Manager

Keisha was raised in Georgia and is a first generation born American of Sierra Leonean descent. She brings over 5 years of non-profit experience in management of people, projects, and programs both locally and internationally within the areas of sustainable agriculture, economic empowerment, and refugee resettlement. Keisha enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and being in nature.


Ashley Robinson, Head Baker


Leah Lonsbury, Executive Director

Leah was raised in the Midwest and found her way to Atlanta to study at Candler School of Theology.  She stayed for the azaleas and the chance to grow into and learn from Atlanta's diverse human family.  Leah has worked in writing, education, and ministry.


Austen Carr, Head Baker

Austen has experience teaching English language learners in the U.S. and abroad, heading up special orders at a bakery in Montana, and coaching soccer.  (Maybe we'll form a Just Bakery team!) Austen has two young daughters and is an avid traveler who enjoys planning trips for other curious adventurers.

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Jenny Barber, Community Sales and Volunteer Coordinator

Jenny is a native Atlantan and holds degrees in Visual and Culinary Arts. You may have tasted Jenny’s creations at several bakeries around Atlanta, and she contributes to Just Bakery’s menu as well. Jenny loves to read, hang with her kids, and cook and bake.

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