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Leadership Breakfast (Election Edition): Ceasar Mitchell, Mayoral Candidate...
Tue, April 4, 2017, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
2017 is an important year for the city of Atlanta. We will elect a new mayor, city council, and school board. Every month this year, the Center for Civic Innovation will host candidates for a candid and open conversation, where we learn more about their personal story and vision for the future of this city.
Join the Center for Civic Innovation as we welcome Ceasar Mitchell, current mayoral candidate for the City of Atlanta!
7:30am Doors open, coffee and breakfast served
8:00am Coversation begins
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell, has served the Atlanta community for over 15 years. After a 2001 election to Council Post 1, a citywide council seat and serving two terms; Mitchell launched forward, running for Council President, winning both the 2009 and 2013 elections. Through the years Mitchell has been a visionary leader and public servant, whose unwavering dedication to creating a better Atlanta is reflected in his commitment to initiatives targeting child safety, community policing, economic development, education and more.
During his career Mitchell championed key legislation facilitating economic revitalization in underdeveloped areas by authoring measures to create 4 Tax Allocation Districts and supporting legislation for community input in the Atlanta Beltline Project. He’s remained dedicated and diligent in his commitment to the educational enrichment of Atlanta’s youth; through his semi-annual College Prep Series, that has prepared and inspired over 8,000 middle and high school students to obtain higher education.
While a member of Council, Mitchell chaired the Public Safety Committee, overseeing more than 50 percent of the General Fund budget; the Community Development and Human Resources Committee, which oversees the economic development activities; and the City Utilities Committee. He is also a past member of the Budget Commission, which authorizes the City’s annual revenue anticipation levels.
Planting strategic initiatives into the city structure, with sustainable roots — Mitchell spearheaded the creation of the Parks Advisory Group along with a Clean Green Team, both pushing the city forward to sustain world-class parks and recreation systems within large neighborhoods and the smaller communities.
Professionally, Mitchell is an attorney with the global law firm of DLA Piper, LLP, specializing in commercial real estate, project finance and public sector transactions. His experience as an attorney allows him to provide pristine strategy and leadership on critical policy matters while simultaneously promoting the interest of the city of Atlanta and Atlanta City Council nationally.
Outside of his role as Council President, he is actively involved in a number of civic, legal, and community organizations. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism, a member of the Board of Visitors for Emory University, and on the Board of Directors for Points of Light. Ceasar also serves as a chair on the National League of Cities’ National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic.
Mitchell’s established track record of leadership and commitment to fostering community have been nationally recognized through programs like the American Israeli Political Action Committee; Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential People, and Morris Brown College where he was honored with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The son of an Atlanta Police Officer and Atlanta Public Schools teacher, Mitchell grew up in the Southwest Atlanta community. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a Juris Doctor from University of Georgia School of Law. Mitchell resides in the historic West End Neighborhood with his wife, Atlanta Public Schools teacher Tiffany Mitchell along with his two young daughter.