Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
AIA Atlanta invites you to Vision for the Future, a mayoral panel conversation exploring the intersection of good design, economic growth, alternative housing, and community development. This event welcomes both members and the public, with a goal to create meaningful dialogue among all residents of our neighboring cities.
Moderated by Atlanta Business Chronicle editor Douglas Sams, the discussion will feature the mayors of smaller yet vastly diverse cities in Metro Atlanta including mayors Eric Clarkson of Chamblee, Patti Garrett of Decatur and Deana Ingraham of East Point.
Get your tickets now to join Vision for the Future! Registration also includes light refreshments.
Meet the mayors
Mayor Eric Clarkson
City of Chamblee
Mayor Clarkson has always had a passion for public service. He has lived in the Chamblee area for more than 22 years and began his public service with Chamblee by serving three years on the City’s volunteer Architectural Review Board. Mayor Clarkson currently serves as the DeKalb County Mayors appointee to the Board of the Atlanta Regional Commission and is also on the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Transportation and Air Quality Committee (TAQC). He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association as well as Chairman and founder of the Peachtree Gateway Partnership.
A graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in marketing research and decision analysis, Mayor Clarkson has more than 28 years of marketing, sales and business management experience. Mayor Clarkson is married to wife Lynn Clarkson. They have three children, Jenah, Alexa Rae, and Elijah.
Mayor Patti Garrett
City of Decatur
City of Decatur Mayor Garrett was elected to the Decatur City Commission in 2009 and has served as mayor since 2016. She serves as vice chair of the Board of the National Civic League and is a member of the Federal Policy Council and the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).
Garrett has taught nutrition, provided nutrition counseling services, and worked as a clinical dietitian at Georgia State University and Emory University Health Services. She is interested in health policy, particularly related to access to healthy foods, equity, environmental policies, active lifestyles and the role of local government in fostering healthy, equitable and vibrant communities.
Mayor Deana Ingraham
City of East Point
Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham City of East Point Mayor Ingraham is a wife, mother, and advocate who is dedicated personally and professionally to public service. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Florida A&M University, a J.D. from Howard University of Law, and an M.S. in Criminal Justice.
Professionally, she is an attorney who has represented senior citizens and advocated for the most vulnerable – children who have been abused, abandoned and/or neglected. She has also served as an instructor in post-secondary education, an administrator in K-12 Education, a Director of Student Discipline, a Director in the Juvenile Justice System and owned and managed her own law firm. She and her husband, Willie Ingraham, Jr., are the proud parents of their daughter, Nia Ingraham. On December 5, 2017, residents of East Point elected the former councilwoman to serve as the 34th mayor.