Just Bakery of Atlanta

Just Bakery of Atlanta is a non-profit designed to train, certify, and hire refugees while providing a living wage, producing delicious baked goods, and building a diverse and compassionate community.  We aim to be a viable option for next steps in the resettlement process through building long-term sustainability and economic security as our refugee neighbors recreate home in the Atlanta area.  

Meet our staff


Bhima, Baker in Training

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, Baker in Training

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, Baker in Training

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


Joyeuse, Baker in Training

Joyeuse came to the Atlanta area from the Democratic Republic of Congo via Uganda.  She's a hard-working nursing student who also loves to cook and sing.


Carmel, Baker in Training

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.


Mike Carmody, Head Baker and Educator

Mike moved to Atlanta recently from New Orleans, where he held leadership positions with 9 James Beard Award-winning restaurants and chefs.  He has been featured in top food publications like Bon Appetit and is known for his bread-making expertise and Elvis king cake.


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.


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