Callan Wells

Senior Health Policy Manager, GEEARS

Callan Wells is the Senior Health Policy Manager at GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, where she specializes in helping to build the infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) system of care in Georgia.

Ms. Wells serves as Policy Advisor to the Georgia Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Five (GA-AIMH) and co-chairs the IECMH Task Force’s Workforce Development Workgroup and the Interagency Directors Team’s Prevention and Early Intervention Workgroup. In 2019, Callan worked with state leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives on the Infant-Toddler Social-Emotional Health Study Committee. In 2021, she received the Black Child Development Institute of Atlanta’s Emerging Leader Award. In 2022, she received the Emerging Leader Award in IECMH Policy from ZERO TO THREE and the Friend of NAMI Award from NAMI-Georgia.

Before joining GEEARS, Ms. Wells worked for Georgia Legal Services Program, where she ran a project helping rural Georgia families access health care and other economic supports. She earned her B.A. from Agnes Scott College and an M.S. in the Social Foundations of Education and a graduate certificate in Public Health, both from Georgia State University.

Ms. Wells, an intown Atlanta native, now lives in Grant Park with her husband Nick and their cat Claude. She is a passionate foodie and loves giving local restaurant recommendations. She is the proud auntie of seven kids – two of whom are already taller than her.