John Monds is fifth generation Georgian, whose family has called Georgia home for over 140 years. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, earning a degree in Banking and Finance. He is also a devoted husband and father of four, as well as a dedicated community volunteer.
John married his wife, Dr. Kathaleena Edward Monds, in 1998. While attending and upon graduation from college, Mr. Monds worked for Lehman Brothers. He later worked for a small airline until he and his wife decided to have children, and he is committed to public service and providing his four beautiful children with a quality home-schooled education.
In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Monds earned the Superior Service Award, following that up with the Omega Man of the Year Award in 2003 – both from the Mu Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. In 2005, he earned the honor of being named Man of the Year by the Grady County NAACP.
In his capacity as a member and President of the Grady County NAACP, Monds has held financial literacy classes for the Holder Park Summer Program, helped implement the Freedom Day Health Fair and advocated for citizens who believed they had been treated unjustly. He is a twenty year member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and has held various leadership positions on the local and state level including President of the Mu Beta Beta chapter.
In addition to his service via the NAACP and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Mr. Monds also serves on the Grady County Planning Commission, Grady County Habitat for Humanity board, the Libertarian Party of Georgia Executive Committee and the Grady County Fine Arts Project.
In early 2009, Mr. Monds announced his intent to seek the Libertarian Party of Georgia nomination for the office of Governor, and at the 2010 convention in April, he was unanimously nominated to seek the office. Upon completion of the qualifying process on June 29th, Mr. Monds became the first African-American in state history to appear on the General Election ballot for Governor in Georgia.