Mayor Dickens Expands the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board With New Appointments

Staff Report

Friday, June 3rd, 2022

Mayor Andre Dickens announced the expansion of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, comprising 50 members from across Atlanta, including LGBTQ civic leaders, champions and advocates. The Board will make recommendations to the Mayor and other City officials that assist in influencing City policies and procedures, and enhance engagement with Atlanta’s LGBTQ community.

The Director of the Mayor’s Division of LGBTQ Affairs, Malik Brown, will continue in his role and also serve as the City’s primary staff representative to the advisory board. The Mayor’s Division of LGBTQ Affairs is one of six divisions in the Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

“Atlanta is the LGBTQ capital of the South, and a global leader on municipal LGBTQ Affairs,” said Mayor Dickens. “I am energized by the impressive group that we have assembled and look forward to working with each of them to Move Atlanta Forward."

“It was important to me to expand the membership of the board to allow for greater diversity, and to maximize impact — particularly in the areas of youth engagement and arts, entertainment, and culture — all of which are important priority areas for our administration,” Mayor Dickens added.

By increasing the size of the Board, Mayor Dickens has allowed for greater diversity among its membership. The Board includes the voices of LGBTQ people of color, youth-serving experts, trans and non-binary people, grassroots organizers, business leaders, educators, healthcare professionals, faith leaders, straight allies, artists and more.

Current focus areas of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board include:

LGBTQ Arts Entertainment & Culture
Trans Affairs
LGBTQ Health
LGBTQ Economic & Community Development

Members of the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board include:


Matt Keith, Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Initiatives, Bank of America
Dr. Alieizoria Redd, Executive Director, Covenant House Georgia
Full Board:

Mary Anne Adams, Founder, ZAMI NOBLA (National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging)
Sarah Al-Khayyal, Policy Manager, Partnership for Southern Equity
Bishop O.C. Allen, Senior Pastor & Founder, Vision Cathedral of Atlanta
TAYLOR ALXNDR, Executive Director, Southern Fried Queer Pride
Melania Armenta, Art Director, RangeWater Real Estate
Lynn Barfield, Former President, For the Kid In All of Us
Roy Broderick, Jr., Founder, President & CEO, Authentique Agency
Antonio Brown, Former Atlanta City Council Member, District 3
Rashad Burgess, Executive Director, HIV Community Operations, Gilead Sciences
Gabrielle, Claiborne, Co-Founder & CEO, Transformation Journeys Worldwide
Paul Conroy, Founder and Producing Artistic Director, Out Front Theatre Company
Travis Currie, Public Relations Manager, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
Morgan L. Darby, Director of Equity and Inclusion, The Children's School
Bill Dickinson, D. Min., Managing Partner, C3 Leadership
Jason Max Feldman, Board of Directors, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival
Marshall B. Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Police Foundation
Dr. Jodie L. Guest, Professor and Vice Chair, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Pierce Hand, Senior Assistant District Attorney, Fulton County District Attorney's Office
Jamie Anne, Harrell Data Analytics Lead, Emory University Goizueta Business School
Steven Igarashi-Ball, Director of Equity and Engagement, Atlanta Pride
Satchel B. Jester, Journalist
Jamie Jordan, Management Consultant, Accenture
Matt Keith, Senior Vice President, Business Strategy and Initiatives, Bank of America
Logan J. Kirsch, Strategy Manager, Deloitte
Kali Lindsey, US and Global LGBTQ Portfolio Lead, Elton John AIDS Foundation
Ivette Lopez, Latino LinQ
Chris Lugo, Executive Director, OUT Georgia Business Alliance
Sandy Mollett, Chief Operating Officer, Inclusive
Selima Morrow, Associate Director, Point Source Youth
Eric Paulk, Deputy Director, Georgia Equality
Daniel J. Preister, Managing Director, Coxe Curry and Associates
Philip Rafshoon, Director of Member Engagement, Midtown Alliance
Dr. Alieizoria Redd, Executive Director, Covenant House Georgia
Nathan K. Regan, Chief Operating Officer, Calloquy
Tyler Reinagel, Associate Vice President of Economic Development, Kennesaw State University
Aaron Rice, Vice President of Innovation and Partnerships, Families First
Matt Rinker, Realtor
Alex Santiago, Executive Director, I Am Human Foundation
Melissa Scott, Co-Founder, Pure Heat Community Festival
Said Sewell, Ph.D., Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.
Justin Smith, Director, Campaign to End AIDS, Positive Impact Health Centers
Rev. Kimble Sorrells, Ordained Minister, United Church of Christ
Charles Stephens, Executive Director, Counter Narrative Project
Melanie Thompson, MD, Physician
DaShawn Usher, Director, Communities of Color and Media, GLAAD
Joshua Weaver, Vice President of Marketing, Trevor Project
Nicole Williams, Small Business Owner
Toni-Michelle Williams, Executive Director, Solutions NOT Punishment Collaborative (SnapCo.)
Hillary Williams Thomas, Associate State Director Advocacy and Outreach, AARP Georgia
Erica Wright, CEO & Founder, U First, Inc.
For more information on the Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, please visit