In 1987, Elizabeth Loescher began a small operation out of her Denver, CO home simply called The Conflict Center. Based upon the mission of resolving conflict and ending violence in the Denver area schools, The Conflict Center rapidly grew into an agent of beneficial community change. Today, the Conflict Center continues to serve Denver at multiple levels, from individuals to schools and businesses.
After serving as The Conflict Center’s executive director for fifteen years, Liz came to Georgia in 2010 to continue her mission of encouraging peace in our communities. Thus, the Georgia Conflict Center (GCC) was established and has since remained a vital part of the Athens community.
In 2011, former Athens Mayor, Gwen O’Looney, recognized the importance of GCC’s mission and potential and continued her community service as Executive Director. Today, the GCC continues to grow as an integral part of violence prevention and conflict management in the Athens community, and its staff is ardently committed to the goal of peace. The current Executive Director, John Lash, has been with us since 2013. Lash’s influence on the GCC has made a substantial difference in the lives of Athens residents.