Glenwood Park, Atlanta, Georgia , United States
|| May 10, 1957
Oct 19, 2017 07:46pm
|Info||Cathy Woolard took office as President of the Atlanta City Council on Jan. 7, 2002 and quickly moved to bring her brand of fiscal responsibility, effective management and pioneering thinking to the office. |
In the second year of her term, she slashed her office budget by 30 percent, launched a drive to improve constituent services and became a champion of innovative transit ideas.
Now into the third year of her term, Cathy continues to change the face of Atlanta. She has maintained efforts on the Dirty Dozen, an ongoing pilot program in partnership with the Mayor to tackle the most egregious code violations in the city, bringing the number of blighted properties in Atlanta brought into compliance to 21. On the transportation front, Cathy continues to be a leading proponent of the BeltLine project to develop new alternative transit along existing railroad rights of way to link Atlanta's historic neighborhoods. To promote fiscal management, Cathy has implemented the Energy Conservation Program for City facilities that has already saved Atlanta $477,000 and promises to bring ongoing savings to Atlanta's general fund.
Also high on Cathy's agenda has been continuing to improve the working relationship between the Council and the Mayor's Office. She and the Mayor meet informally on a weekly basis to ensure effective communication between the Council and the administration. Cathy also holds City Council retreats, with the Mayor as an invited guest, to discuss and monitor goals for the year. Council chairs meet regularly with Cathy throughout the year to discuss the progress of these goals.
Cathy's vision for Atlanta is a well-managed, vibrant and sustainable city. She sees the Council's role in that vision as supporting effective policies, creating partnerships between the civic and business communities, and overseeing the budget and contracts.
Cathy makes it her office's top priority to keep in close contact with Atlanta residents. She and her staff attend monthly neighborhood association meetings across the city to get feedback on city government. She has built a large citywide email list for sending out regular issue updates and public notices and launched an interactive web site to receive input from constituents.
In 1997, Cathy was elected to represent District 6 on the Atlanta City Council, becoming the first openly gay elected official in the state of Georgia. While a district Councilmember, she won an increase in citywide sidewalk construction funding, fought for tax equity for residents of Atlanta in DeKalb County and chaired the Transportation Committee, providing strong oversight of the expansion of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport. Four years after her first election, she emerged from a field of five candidates to become the first woman elected as Council President.
A self-described policy wonk and neighborhood activist, Cathy has over 15 years of professional experience in public policy and community affairs. Her work has focused on civil rights, technology and environmental conservation policy. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia with a major in psychology and a minor in German, she resides in Candler Park with her partner Karen Geney.
Born in Atlanta, May 10, 1957
BA, University of Georgia, 1979
Peace Corps volunteer, Micronesia, 1980-1982
National field director, Human Rights Campaign, Washington, D.C.
District 6 Councilmember, 1998-2002
Southeast Director, American Electronics Association
iVillage.com, Director of Community Outreach
Appointed by Governor Barnes, Board of Directors, Georgia Research Alliance
Technology Task Force, Georgia Municipal Association
Regional Director, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
Elected Atlanta City Council President, 2001
President, Gay and Lesbian Municipal Elected Officials Committee, National League of Cities, 2001-2002
Georgia representative, Community and Economic Development Committee, National League of Cities
15 of Georgia's Most Intriguing People in 2001, Georgia Informer
Business to Business magazine 2002 Diva
2002 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers
Top 100 Women of Power and Influence in Politics and Government, Women Looking Ahead News Magazine
Notable Georgian, Georgia Trend Magazine
100 Most Influential Georgians, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2003