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Resiliently Leading: Charletta Wilson Jacks Leads Atlanta as Deputy Director of Government Affairs

A prosperous city like Atlanta depends on the leadership and vision that stimulates and delivers solid development. Indeed, Atlanta has been on the rise and even amid a pandemic, Atlanta has been able to continue its’ role as a shining star and a vibrant city with an outstanding quality of life. Resilience has become its mainstay characteristic.

Photo courtesy of Charletta Wilson Jacks

Resilience is in the works of a “home-grown Savannah girl”, who has traveled the sidewalks and streets of many communities to help them rise up and become the best that they can be!

The best and brightest have laid down stakes and call Atlanta home and have worked hard and strong to make Atlanta a great place to live and thrive. Charletta Wilson Jacks, raised in the city by the sea of Savannah, Georgia, currently serves as the Deputy Director of Government Affairs for Office of Former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta. In this capacity, she is charged with collaborating with stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of the mayor’s legislative priority agenda with the City Council and other city stakeholders. For the past four years, Ms. Jacks has been instrumental in the unanimous adoption of the yearly municipal budget, averaging over 650 million. Ms. Jacks also provides leadership and strategic planning on community and economic development policy and implementation.

Charletta Wilson Jacks has over two decades of experience with the City of Atlanta and began as a Senior Level Urban Planner committed to educating the traditional disenfranchised citizens and neighborhoods on community engagement and the impact of public policy decisions on their quality of life. Her unwavering professionalism led to her appointment as the first African American female to be appointed Zoning Administrator for the City of Atlanta. As a result of her dedicated work and ability to engage and educate varying audiences of citizens, she is viewed as a “go-to” professional for development of large-scale multimillion dollar residential, commercial, and industrial projects.

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