College Park has had a special place in my heart ever since I was a boy. While I was born and raised in Southwest Atlanta, on any given weekend you could find me at the movies on Old National or eating at the old Shoney’s restaurant on Main Street after church. My parents would make sure we spent a lot of time in South Fulton because they have ALWAYS wanted to invest their time and money in the southside.
My parents understood and taught me the value in education, leading me to attend rigorous academic institutions - The Lovett School, Syracuse University and Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Academics were a priority, but I was also a well-rounded student who also played soccer and took on leadership roles at every stop in my education life. All of these experiences have greatly shaped my leadership over the years.
I learned over time that it's important to lead with your values. The values that most shape my leadership approach: service to your community, authentic leadership and a desire to make a lasting impact.
As Executive Director of two educational organizations, Breakthrough Atlanta and Horizons Atlanta, I led an effort to ensure that more students attending public schools -- including College Park students -- had access to quality education during the summer and after school. I have also served on several boards and committees focused on driving more systemic impact on education in mostly minority communities. Finally, my experience as a member of the board of directors of Sweet Auburn Works and participant in the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership has been instrumental in shaping my beliefs on the importance of building vibrant communities through responsible and thoughtful economic development strategies.
I have a consulting practice that works daily to provide strategic advisory services to non-profits that need better systems, infrastructure and other resources to help them grow their impact. Through my work, I have seen the ways that organizations and community members can come together to forge new solutions to help a community grow and thrive.
My wife and I are both very involved in the College Park community. Kellie serves on the governance council for College Park Elementary and is an active member of College Park Women’s Club. I have served on the College Park Historical Society Board for two years, the steering committee for the recently relaunched Mayor’s Ball and have stayed actively engaged in local community activities.
I want a College Park where education, vibrant commercial districts and empowering citizens to lead are priorities of our city. I want a College Park that uses strong values to determine our path forward.
I LOVE College Park and I am excited to be your next Mayor.