I bumped into my girl, Dr. Georgianne Thomas, putting up her signs on the West side of Cascade Road in Atlanta over the weekend. I admit that I was driving, not walking. With her was Mariam Sidibe, from Mali, who is visiting Atlanta to learn more about women in the management of banking and finance. Mariam is the Financial Inspector in the Department of Taxation (Ministry of Finance and Management) in Mali. This is typical Georgiana – helping someone make connections.
I have always admired Georgianne and I support her efforts to run for and win a seat on the Atlanta City Council in the 11th District (Southwest Atlanta). I know of her excellent work while she was Chairperson of NPU-S. If you know the NPU system, you understand how leadership in NPU’s can be training grounds for serving on the Atlanta City Council. More importantly, Dr. Georgianne went on further to become Vice-Chair of APAB (The Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board), which is the umbrella organization bringing together all of the leadership in the city-wide NPUs. These two positions speak highly of her leadership throughout Atlanta. Many of our city’s community/political leaders cut their teeth in the NPUs. This experience is most valuable to any persons who steps into leadership for our city – especially as a city council person. I trust that voters from the Southwest side of this city realize the value that this sister brings to the table. She can hit the ground running.