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 Alex Wan, candidate for City Council President for the City of Atlanta!
7:30am Doors open, coffee and breakfast served
8:00am Coversation begins
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Councilmember Alex Wan has proudly served on the Atlanta City Council since 2010. He was first elected to represent Council District 6 in 2009 and won re-election to a second term in 2013.
Alex grew up in Atlanta, graduating from the DeKalb County School System and earning an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech. He also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania and has completed educational programs at Dartmouth College and Harvard University.
Alex’s professional experience offers a unique combination of work experience from the private, public, non-profit, and higher education sectors. His career began with an investment analyst position at Prudential Investment Corporation, after which he led a small family business architecture-engineering consulting firm. Alex has served as Development Director for Jerusalem House, Atlanta’s largest HIV/AIDS housing provider, and he is currently employed as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Emory University.
Alex’s deep commitment to public service was instilled in him by his family, and his civic engagement spans such organizations as Leadership DeKalb (Board of Directors Chair), Leadership Atlanta, and Organization of Chinese-Americans (President). A homeowner in Morningside for over twenty years, he has also been active in the Morningside Lenox Park Association and served on the Invest Atlanta Board of Directors. In 2003, he founded For the Kid in All of Us, a charity that continues to provide toys and school supplies for Georgia’s children in need.
On City Council, Alex has demonstrated leadership through his chairmanship of several committees, including Zoning Committee (2012), City Utilities Committee (2017), and Finance Executive Committee (2012-2016). He was elected by his colleagues to serve as President Pro Tempore of Council in 2015 and to represent City Council on City of Atlanta Budget Commission (2010, 2012-2016). In 2014 he was appointed to Mayor Reed’s Commission on Waste and Inefficiency in Government.
Alex currently serves on Boards of Directors of the Piedmont Park Conservancy and the Little Five Points Community Improvement District (CID). He has been named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Forty Under 40” and Georgia Asian Times’ “25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia.”