by Jackson Lord

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced her full transition team at a news conference, and it includes some well-known names.

Bottoms’ team is a diverse lineup, from educators to Atlanta-based rappers, and she said they represent a tremendous amount of depth.

“The best and the brightest in the city of Atlanta,” Bottoms said.

T.I. and Killer Mike

The full transition team is made up of nearly 40 people, including Clifford Harris, who most of us know better as rapper T.I. Activist, businessman and rapper Killer Mike is also on the team, as well as educator Ron Clark.

“I am pleased to announce my Administration’s transition team and am thankful to both Larry Gellerstedt and Vicki Palmer for their leadership and expertise in recruiting leaders who share my commitment to improving communities throughout our City,” said Mayor Bottoms. “I look forward to working with this thoughtful, committed and experienced group who I trust will help my Administration build a team focused on ensuring that all Atlantans can participate in our City’s growth and success.”

The 38-member team, co-chaired by Larry Gellerstedt, Chairman of the Board & CEO of Cousins Properties, and Vicki R. Palmer, former Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration of Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., includes a cross-section of constituents with diverse backgrounds, interests and skills sets.

“Larry and I are privileged to work with Mayor Bottoms and this esteemed group of leaders,” said Vicki Palmer. “The individuals selected represent sectors and communities across the city, and I am confident that their advice and counsel will be invaluable to this Administration.”

The Bottoms Administration transition team includes:

The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • David Abney, Chairman & CEO, UPS

  • John Ahmann, Executive Director, Westside Future Fund

  • Byron Amos, Atlanta Public Schools Board Member, District 2

  • Claire Lewis “Yum” Arnold, CEO, Leapfrog Services

  • Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta

  • Randy Beall, Business Manager, Atlanta and North Georgia Building and Construction Trades

  • Raphael Bostic, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

  • Matt Bronfman, CEO, Jamestown

  • Cassius F. Butts, Former Obama Appointee and CEO, Capital Fortitude Business Advisors

  • Senator Jason Carter, Partner, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP

  • Ron Clark, Founder, The Ron Clark Academy

  • Shan Cooper, Chief Transformation Officer, WestRock

  • David Cummings, CEO, Atlanta Ventures

  • Mawuli Mel Davis, Attorney & Co-Founder, The Davis Bozeman Law Firm

  • Rene Diaz, President & CEO, The Diaz Group

  • Christopher R. Edwards, MD, Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon, Atlanta Neuro Spine Institute, LLC

  • David H. Eidson, President & CEO, Coxe Curry & Associates

  • Sloane Evans, Vice President, Human Resources, Georgia Power Company

  • Marty Flanagan, President & CEO, Invesco Ltd.

  • Clifford “TI” Harris, Grammy Award Winning Rapper, Actor, Entrepreneur & Activist

  • Virginia Hepner, Former Corporate Executive & Arts Leader

  • Douglas J. Hertz, Chairman & CEO, United Distributors, Inc.

  • Nancy Flake Johnson, President & CEO, Urban League of Greater Atlanta, Inc.

  • Noel Khalil, Chairman & CEO, Columbia Ventures LLC

  • Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Founding Partner, Lawrence & Bundy LLC

  • Kenny Leon, Tony Award Winning Director & Founder, True Colors Theatre Company

  • Milton J. Little, Jr. President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta

  • Amol Naik, Director of Special Projects, MailChimp

  • Keith T. Parker, President & CEO, Goodwill of North Georgia

  • Beatriz Perez, Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Cecil Phillips, Chairman & CEO, Place Properties

  • Helen Smith Price, Vice President, Global Community Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company and President, The Coca-Cola Foundation

  • Michael “Killer Mike” Render, Artist, Activist, & Businessman

  • A.J. Robinson, President, Central Atlanta Progress, Inc./Atlanta Downtown Improvement District

  • Bill Rogers, Chairman & CEO, SunTrust Banks, Inc.

  • Dr. Catherine Ross, Professor of City Planning and Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Carol Tomé, CFO & Executive Vice President, The Home Depot, Inc.

  • Reverend Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Bottoms said she wanted to attract a team that was forward-thinking.

“The team will help put a framework around certain initiatives,” she said.

At the news conference, Mayor Bottoms said addressing youth violence tops her agenda.

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