Meet our Elected Guests



Representative Teri Anulewicz, Georgia House of Representatives, District 42

Teri Anulewicz represents Georgia's 42nd House District, following 10 years of service on the Smyrna City Council.

Councilmember Natalyn Archibong, Atlanta City Council

Natalyn Archibong was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 2001. Since then, she earned the name "Battlin' Natalyn" for tirelessly fighting for her beliefs and the beliefs of her constituents. Prior to serving on the Atlanta City Council, she founded the East Atlanta Business Association and served three consecutive terms as its president. Shortly after law school, Archibong opened her own private law practice in District 5, where she continues to help everyday people with their legal needs--including those who have been victimized by predatory lending practices.

Councilmember Yterenickia "YT" Bell, City of Clarkston

Yterenickia S. Bell, affectionately known as ‘YT’, has been an innovator, advocate, and organizer for many years. 

A native of Georgia, YT Bell is a three-time graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Political Science, a Master's in Social Work and a Master’s in Public Administration. 

YT Bell values people, community, and effective policies that assist with cultivating change and reducing the challenges of residents.  YT Bell has worked years as a community advocate and public policy professional to address injustices, safety concerns, serve vulnerable populations, and solve complex problems. 

YT Bell’s passion to help vulnerable populations has led her towards a career in urban planning, social work, and politics. 

YT Bell is a current board member of the National Association of Social Workers, as the North Region Representative and the New Leaders Council – Community Engagement Co-Chair. Moreover, she continues to be a force in her community as a board member of the National Association of Social Workers, New Leaders Council – Atlanta, OurFutureGeneration Inc., The Bizzie Group, and iThrive Inc. Previously, Bell was chosen as a fellow of Georgia’s WIN List and joined the 2016 Class of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta’s Georgia Women’s Policy Institute. Through her involvement, Bell worked to raise the profile of young voices in the fight for policy reform. Most recently, Bell has graduated from the Region 3 - 2018 Georgia Academy for Economic Development.

YT is a newly elected Councilwoman in the City of Clarkston, where she plans to work diligently to create an inclusive city.

Mayor Patti Garrett, Decatur, Georgia

Councilwoman Naeema Gilyard, City of South Fulton, District 4

The last thirty years of Naeema Gilyard's career focused on prevention programs, education, management and finance in a public health setting, environmental activism in communities, serving on a county zoning board and being President of an HOA. She retired from Morehouse School of Medicine after working 20 years in the Community Health & Preventive Health Department as an Administrator.

Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs, City of South Fulton, District 2 

Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs represents District 2, which she has proudly coined the “crown jewel of South Fulton.” As a member of the City’s inaugural administration, she has been an enthusiastic champion of her community and fierce advocate for seniors and youth.

To date, Councilwoman Gumbs has sponsored legislation that aims to create a more ethical and transparent government, lay the foundation for South Fulton to evolve as a smart city, promote quality development and better regulate the local economy. She has been a voice for South Fulton at the national level as a member of the National League of Cities 2018 Community and Economic Development federal advocacy committee. Additionally, her annual community events and fundraisers have yielded thousands of dollars and a wealth of resources for local children at
Christmas and throughout the school year.

Prior to holding public office, Councilwoman Gumbs has spent decades in service to others. She has been an advocate for at-risk youth, families and seniors as a social worker, and fought to stimulate economic development to bring opportunities and resources to deserving communities as a local government employee. Her career includes positions with Humana, Inc., The Collaborative Firm, DeKalb County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and JenCare Senior Medical Centers.

Councilwoman Gumbs graduated Magna Cum Laude from Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She also holds a master’s in business administration in marketing management and a master’s in health administration from Strayer University. She is a 20-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the newly installed president of The Drifters, Incorporated for Metro Atlanta and a member of the Junior League of Atlanta. She has also served on the boards of Dekalb for Seniors, Inc. and Sporty Girls, Inc.

While Councilwoman Gumbs is proud of her work as a public servant and community leader, her greatest accomplishment is being a mother and role model to her daughter, Kerrington.

MaryPat Hector, Youth Director, National Action Network

Mary-Pat Hector just (20) knows how to change the world. She grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA which became this nation’s fastest growing youth lead organization. In 2017 she became the youngest woman and person of color in the state of Georgia to run for public office, losing by only 22 votes.

Mary-Pat is the National Youth Director for National Action Network; one of this country largest Civil Rights organization.

She can now add Peace First Prize Fellow to her list of accomplishments. She was awarded the fellowship for her national campaign call Think Twice a national campaign that educates youth on non-violence and other issues crippling her generation. Her national campaign provides teen-safety workshops for schools, trains teens and college students in many areas of youth advocacy techniques.

Not content to rest on her accomplishments, Mary-Pat speaks at high schools, colleges, conferences, women's events, and crisis shelters across the U.S. In addition to her duties at NAN Mary-Pat serves as Youth Leader for Usher’s New Look foundation. Mary-Pat delivers keynote presentations calling for teen activism; her story provides the inspiration; her how-to strategies give young people their own road map for changing the world.

Mary-Pat was born in Atlanta Georgia and attends The Spelman College.

Councilwoman Rosie Jackson, City of South Fulton

Rosie Jackson, born in East St. Louis, moved to Georgia with her family and worked for the State of Georgia department of Human Resources and Georgia Department of Education from 1971-1984. During the years of 1984 through 1992, Mrs. Jackson was a property manager for distressed properties which now surround her district under the supervision of Freddie Mac and various management companies. At one point, due to life spiraling beyond her control, she also found herself unemployed, bankrupt, and nearly homeless as she faced the possibility of losing her family home, not realizing at the time that these challenges in life would equip her for her now journey and would be a part of her testimony. In April 2017, Ms. Jackson was elected the first Councilwoman to represent District 5 in the City of South Fulton, Georgia.

President Felicia Moore, Atlanta City Council

Felicia A. Moore serves with honesty, integrity, and transparency. Elected as the President of the Atlanta City Council in January 2018, President Moore is dedicated to serving on behalf of Atlanta’s citizens and striving for equitable policies and ethics. Known for her fierce stance on transparency, President Moore stands strong despite adversity and opposition. She is a servant leader who engages and cares deeply the constituents of the City of Atlanta. President Moore served as the District 9 City Council Member for 20 years. She began her community service as President of her Riverside Neighborhood Association. She then served as Chair of the Neighborhood Planning Unit-D, becoming a strong advocate for economic community development. President Moore is a cum laude graduate of Central State University in Ohio and holds a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University with a concentration in Public Administration. She is an Honor Society member and a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority. President Moore is a proud resident of the Historic Collier Heights Community in Atlanta, GA.

Councilwoman Catherine Rowell, City of South Fulton

Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell is the Councilwoman for District 1 of the City of South Fulton and served as the first Mayor Pro Tem. Currently, she is employed with Fulton County Schools. She has also worked in the nonprofit sector and served as Executive Director of Operation PEACE; Senior Government Grants Manager for Families First; and Senior Program Director with Enterprise Community Partners. Additionally, she has held leadership roles in a number of public-sector consulting firms to include Beacon Analytics, the Bronner Group and MAXIMUS consulting firm. Dr. Foster Rowell is published and has served on numerous volunteer boards which include but are not limited to the Conference of Minority Public Administrators, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter. She holds bachelor degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Cleveland State University and a Masters of Public Administration and doctorate of Political Science from Clark Atlanta University.

Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, Atlanta City Council, District 12

Rising from experience as chair of her Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU X) and other community organizations, Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd was elected into office of Atlanta City Council in 2004 and is now serving her fifth term representing District 12. She is a champion for community education, neighborhood safety, economic development, jobs, and more. Joyce is a listener, community advocate, and friend.

Joyce holds leadership positions all over the city of Atlanta. Dedicated to service on the Atlanta City Council, she is a member of the Community Development/Human Services, City Utilities, and Public Safety committees. Fervent about the environment, Joyce is the co-founder and chair of the council’s Code Enforcement Commission and a volunteer board member of Keep Atlanta Beautiful Commission. 

Joyce was recently appointed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to serve on the Atlanta Pension Board and she also serves on the board of directors for Fort McPherson’s Local Redevelopment Authority as well as the Diabetes Association of Atlanta. Moreover, Joyce is an advisory member of the Villages at Carver Family YMCA.

In addition to local appointments, Joyce also serves her constituents on state and national levels. Statewide, Joyce was a board member of the Georgia Municipal Associations and now holds membership on the Georgia Municipal Black Caucus. Nationally, she is a proud and active member of the National League of Cities, a resource advocate for the nation’s cities and their leaders. Joyce serves as the President of NLC’s Women in Municipal Government Board of Directors and is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Her state and national involvement has brought great programs to Atlanta, including NLC-sponsored programs to reduce the high costs of prescription medicines and home utility repair on water infrastructures.

Senator Nikema Williams, Georgia State Senate, District 39

Sen. Nikema Williams represents Georgia’s 39th district including the cities of Atlanta, East Point, College Park, Union City and South Fulton. She serves on the influential Economic Development and Tourism, Retirement, State and Local Government Operations, Urban Affairs, and Special Judiciary committees.

She has served in multiple leadership roles in Georgia, including Vice-Chair for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Chair of the 13th Congressional District, 1st Chair of the Fulton County Democratic party and as a delegate for Georgia in the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Convention. She has also served as the National Committeewoman for the Young Democrats of Georgia and was named a Woman of Influence in 2011 by the Atlanta Business League.

Since moving to Atlanta 15 years ago, Sen. Williams has dedicated herself to advocating for the women and families of Georgia. She served as the Vice-President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. and is passionate about protecting women’s rights and accessible health care in Georgia. Sen. Williams is currently the Deputy Political Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Georgia State Director at Care in Action, the advocacy and political arm of NDWA.

Sen. Williams has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s Forty under Forty, Power 30 Under 30, Outstanding Atlanta, and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. She is a graduate of Lead Atlanta, New Leaders Council and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.

Sen. Williams was born in Columbus and raised by her grandparents across the Chattahoochee River in Smiths Station, Alabama. She attended Talladega College, a private liberal arts Historically Black College in Talladega, Alabama, where she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Biology.

Sen. Williams and her husband, Leslie Small, reside in Atlanta’s Historic Vine City neighborhood with their 3 year old son, Carter, and two rescue Yorkshire Terriers, Ginger and Belle. They are members of Central United Methodist Church in Atlanta.

Councilwoman Helen Willis, City of South Fulton

Councilwoman Helen Zenobia Willis was elected into office May 1, 2017, to represent District 3 in the City of South Fulton (Welcome All and Cliftondale) her platform was to reduce the pipeline to prison by enhancing parks and recreation, financial transparency, and improving public safety. Before being elected, she was very active in her community-fighting slider crime issues, participating in civic volunteer organizations, and advocating for cityhood by working with various community organizations and serving as the community lobbyist lead. Her passionate advocacy helped ward off annexation attempts of schools in South Fulton and residential communities. Also, she has worked on several state and local campaigns striving to get the best Democratic candidates elected. She earned her BA from Savannah State University and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Helen professionally began a career in government working for the Georgia Department of Labor and advanced in various roles. She advanced to work eight years for a fortune 500 company, and later for the second largest private company in the United States. She is married to Sheriff Deputy Lt. Vincent Willis Sr. and they have a blended family of 4 children and six grandchildren. “ She desires for residents’ quality of life to be enhanced by providing opportunities for them to enjoy community events in the City of South Fulton parks and greenspace.