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Leadership Breakfast (Election Edition): Michael Sterling, Mayoral Candidat...
Tue, April 11, 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 Michael Sterling, current mayoral candidate for the City of Atlanta!
7:30am Doors open, coffee and breakfast served
8:00am Coversation begins
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Michael T. Sterling is currently a candidate to become the 60th Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his candidacy, Michael served as the Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (“AWDA”). Mr. Sterling was charged with reforming and re-orienting an embattled workforce system that had come under federal investigation, state sanctions, and public criticism for the mismanagement and misallocation of public resources. Before Michael’s tenure, the AWDA was described as the City’s most dysfunctional agency and was recommended for closure. Michael is credited with the overhaul of AWDA, resulting in thousands of Atlanta residents receiving jobs and job training. Michael resolved the audit and state criticisms, restructured the organization to help residents regardless of their difficulties or circumstances and expanded workforce services into three additional locations in the City of Atlanta. Michael was praised for reforming AWDA and providing meaningful results for the businesses and job seekers in the City of Atlanta.
Mr. Sterling is an accomplished lawyer, political advisor and proud public servant. As the former Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Atlanta, Michael provided guidance on criminal justice and labor policy, advised the Mayor on judicial and commission appointments and helped manage local, state and federal relationships for the City of Atlanta. Michael also served as a liaison to the United States Conference of Mayors and as the Mayor’s designee on the Atlanta Labor Council.
Under Mr. Sterling’s leadership, the City of Atlanta established its first Office of Entertainment to support the city’s thriving film industry. In 2012, he led the effort on behalf of the administration to reauthorize a one percent Municipal Option Sales Tax (M.O.S.T) to stabilize water and sewer rates and invest in sewer system infrastructure repairs for the City of Atlanta.
Prior to joining the Reed administration, Michael was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, for the Department of Justice. At the time of his hire, Mr. Sterling became the youngest federal prosecutor in Chicago. During his tenure at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michael worked in the Criminal Division where he investigated and prosecuted a variety of criminal and civil cases involving fraud and financial crimes, aggravated identity theft, illegal narcotics trafficking, money laundering, child exploitation, and public corruption. Michael successfully handled oral arguments before the Seventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals and trials in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Before his federal appointment, Mr. Sterling practiced law at Sidley Austin, LLP’s Chicago headquarters’ office. In the General Litigation Group, he handled complex commercial litigation and white collar defense from 2007 to 2009. Michael also spent a portion of his practice providing pro bono services to indigent defendants in state and federal courts.
Michael graduated Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and is a summa cum laude graduate of the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He is a 2013 graduate of LEAD Atlanta, the recipient of the 2013 Urban League Political Advocate Award, and a participant in Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Project Municipal Innovation. Michael was named one of Atlanta’s 20 People to Watch in 2015 by Creative Loafing Magazine; a 2016 lawyer “On the Rise” honoree by the Fulton County Daily Report; and a 2015 Black Enterprise Modern Man: “Atlanta’s Public Servant.”
Michael is a native of Beaumont, Texas and has made his home in the Summer Hill community in Atlanta, GA.