Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Thursday announced a 38-member transition team that includes the CEOs of Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and United Parcel Services Inc. (NYSE: UPS), as well as Killer Mike and rapper T.I.
“The 38-strong transition team represents a tremendous amount of diversity and depth,” said Bottoms, who was flanked by her two transition co-chairs – Vicki Palmer, a retired executive from Coca-Cola European Partners PLC (NYSE: CCE); and Larry Gellerstedt III, CEO of Cousins Properties Inc. (NYSE: CUZ).
From Left to Right: Vicki Palmer, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Larry Gellerstedt.
Bottoms said the team will be divided into subgroups – working on searches for key members of her cabinet. The transition team also will work on several initiatives that Bottoms has already identified, such as affordable housing, education and public safety.
“It’s very exciting that we will be able to put some meat to these initiative,” Bottoms said. Other people likely will be invited to work with the sub-committees on targeted efforts or searches.
“I really want them to come up with fresh ideas and recommendations for best practices,” the Mayor said. “We are seeking to make sure we attract the best talent in this city.”
Bottoms then made her first major announcement to her team – Marva Lewis – who had worked on her campaign and who now will be her chief of staff. Lewis, who also worked as head of human resources for Cousins Properties, will replace Candace Byrd, who has been closely aligned with former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
Other immediate efforts for the City will include the search for a new director of human resources and a new fire chief.
Bottoms also said another priority will be to find a permanent head of the City’s Procurement Office.
“We know that procurement is top of mind,” Bottoms said. “We will have to deal with our procurement issues in the City of Atlanta. There are so many people who don’t have confidence in the way we are operating right now.”
Bottoms also mentioned that the City will likely launch a search for a new general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, but she did not exclude the possibility that Roosevelt Council would stay in that position.
“I’m taking a fresh look at every department,” she said. But she add that she has promised each department head that they won’t learn their fate from the news, and that she already has had meetings with existing cabinet members. “Those conversations have gone well.”
Now that the transition team has been named, the hard work can now begin.
“We have pull together this group of 38 pretty great, phenomenal people,” Palmer said. “I’m very proud to say we made 38 calls and we got 38 yesses.”
Gellerstedt said they have spent the last few weeks better getting to know Bottoms and her team.
“As Mayor Bottoms said, we are open for business, and we are looking for ways to make the City better,” Gellerstedt said.
When asked about her top priority, Bottoms said “the biggest challenge we are facing is our affordability issue.” She said she was looking forward to having a “conversation about equity and affordability.”
Bottoms also gave Palmer and Gellerstedt a heads up that “this is likely not a short-term proposition. I don’t want to scare them off.”
The Bottoms Administration transition team includes:
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