NeTashStar B. London
NeTashStar The Visionary - Federal Grants Specialist, Writer
NeTashStar, Sr. Director Federal Grants Specialist, for Operation HOPE (HOPE), located in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a graduate from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in law. She also holds certifications in Nonprofit Management from University of Georgia's Institute for Nonprofit Organizations, and International Education from College of Education & Human Development, Georgia State University.
NeTashStar has provided economic development leadership to several for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout Northern and Southern California since 2002 and in the City of Atlanta since 2011. She focuses primarily on business models in the community and economic development, agriculture, healthcare, communications, tech, energy, education, research, materials, and manufacturing. She has arranged award-winning federal grant applications for over 200 micro-businesses, and 17 school districts, representing over $168 million in federal funds that resulted in the creation of over 12,000 new jobs.
Her entrepreneurial portfolio includes: NBL Advisor Group, Visions Community Development Group, Synergy21, Ne-TashStar IEC, TPI, Stop the Drop Global Campaign, Textures, Go Arry B., and Fit Life Foundation for Child Obesity. She contributes to her blog TWIK (Teaching What I Know) and serves as Board President of Fit Life Foundation for Child Obesity. She is the Chief advisor and founder of NBL Advisor Group, LLC.
Known as the “First time home buyer specialist,” Garner is skilled in numerous programs and strategies, getting homebuyers in their first single-family or multi-family homes with little to no money down. She is responsible for the design and execution of the Building Black Wealth initiative to increase black homeownership in California through outreach and education. She also had a direct role in dispersing $50,000,000 into California’s underserved communities to go towards pre-purchase, rental, credit, mortgage and financial counseling for free from HUD certified counselors in the course of the Covid crisis to assist families. Partnering with major organizations, Garner is able to get her homebuyers the financial education they need to be successful homeowners. The trust and the success of her community is her top priority, which drives her to consistently exceed their expectations.
Julia is currently in Atlanta Georgia completing her final year in Medical School. The Clinical Rotations is the last part of a requirement to become a Certified Medical Doctor. She has an additional 26 years of experience in the health care field as a Registered Nurse. Her experience includes being a nurse Manager, and as a home health care Nurse Director for elderly and hospice patients. She also has also earned an MBA, which she intends to use when she starts her own business.
Julia was born and raised in Gauteng, South Africa during the turbulent times of Apartheid. (A form of institutionalized discrimination describing the political and economic system of racial segregation.) Although this was a difficult period in Julia’s life, it taught her to accept and treat all people equally regardless of Race, Color, or Creed.
While growing up in South Africa, Nelson Mandela became Julia’s Hero. He was instrumental in teaching her that, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Mandela also believed that “Education is the most powerful weapon which one can use to change the World.” That is why she believes that everyone can rise above their circumstances. It is possible to achieve success if they are dedicated and passionate about what they do.
Julia is a mother of two sons and a daughter. She also has 3 grandchildren. Julia is also an avid runner that has completed several marathons and half marathons. Her all-time favorite event is the CIM California International Marathon, which she tries to run every year.