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Mayor Dickens announces key appointments to his administration

Lisa Y. Gordon Joins City of Atlanta as Chief Operating Officer

ATLANTA—Mayor Andre Dickens’ leadership team takes shape. Today the mayor announced that Lisa Y. Gordon, president and CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, will join the administration as chief operating officer.

“Lisa has extensive experience in municipal leadership,” said Mayor Dickens. “As a former cabinet member and policy advisor in the Franklin administration, she brings a solid knowledge of Atlanta and the city government to this important role. We are delighted to have him on the team.

Under Gordon’s leadership, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity launched Browns Mill Village’s innovative $ 25 million development in southeast Atlanta that included 150 affordable homes and townhouses. Gordon was also the architect of the first five-year financial plan for the city of Atlanta, which enabled the government to emerge from an $ 80 million deficit, build up the city’s reserves and raise the credit rating of city ​​bonds to A.

Recently named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 100 Most Influential People of Atlanta list for 2021, Gordon also served as COO of Atlanta Beltline, Inc., where she helped create the 10-year strategic plan for Beltline. Gordon has served as an assistant city manager for Austin, Texas and city manager for the city of East Point.

Gordon is a graduate of Georgetown University and received an MA in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a second MA from Nova Southeastern.

Jon Keen, who was appointed and confirmed as COO in 2020, has agreed to stay with the city on short notice to help with the mayor and COO transitions.

“We are grateful for the strong leadership and dedication Jon brought to the city of Atlanta as Chief Operating Officer. He has a wealth of knowledge and we are grateful that he is supporting Lisa in her transition to the position, ”added Mayor Dickens.

Gordon’s first day will be February 7, 2022, and his appointment, thereafter, will be sent to Atlanta City Council for confirmation.

Other key administrative appointments include:

  • Courtney English, Senior Advisor to the Mayor: English was the former chairman of the Atlanta Public School Board and previously worked with the Star-C nonprofit housing association as director of community development.
  • Austin Wagner, Deputy Chief of Staff: Wagner worked as a legislative strategist for minority leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives. He was also a member of Smyrna City Council and director of communications for Mayor Dickens’ campaign.
  • Theo Pace, Deputy Chief of Staff (as of January 31, 2022): Pace is a town hall veteran, lawyer, and currently director of staff for city council. Prior to that, he was a law researcher and policy analyst for the city of Atlanta.
  • Kenyatta Mitchell, Director, Intergovernmental Affairs (from January 11, 2022): Mitchell previously served as Associate Vice President of Government Relations for HNTB. She was also the director of a government affairs consulting firm with nearly 20 years of leadership in government affairs.


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