The Atlanta Housing Board of Commissioners announced the appointment of its new board members Yunice Emir, a communications professional with Coca-Cola North America and attorney Pat D. Dixon, Jr.

The two commissioners were appointed by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and confirmed by the Atlanta City Council.

“We’re honored and very fortunate to have Ms. Emir and Mr. Dixon serve on the Board of Commissioners,” said Dr. Edwards, chairman of the Atlanta Housing Board of Commissioners. “We are planning a retreat to fully immerse them in the world of affordable housing, and we look forward to their contributions to preserving and expanding affordable housing for Atlantans.

“I would also like to thank Petrina Howard and Rob Rumley for their service. They were both engaged and hard-working commissioners who helped propel the authority forward.”

Emir and Dixon are joining the largest housing authority in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation, led by Led by Eugene Jones, Jr., president and CEO, which provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for nearly 25,000 low-income households comprised of approximately 50,000 people

A resident of Peoplestown, Emir is the senior manager of community and stakeholder relations for Coca-Cola North America, where she manages the company’s disaster relief, board placement and youth empowerment giving strategies.

While Dixon is a partner at Dixon & Dixon, a full-service law firm providing litigation, regulatory and business solutions to individuals and private corporations.

“I am humbled by the Mayor’s appointment to the Atlanta Housing Board and I truly believe that service is the rent we pay for our room on Earth. Atlanta didn’t birth me, but it raised me and serving on this board is another opportunity for me to give back to the city that has given me so much. I look forward to contributing to the work that opens doors to quality living and fulfills the promise of One Atlanta,” Emir said.

Dixon also serves as a member of the Procurement Appeals Hearing Officers Board for the City of Atlanta as well as a special master in the Superior Court of Fulton County.

Additionally, he served in the Revenue Enhancement Group of the Fulton County Attorney’s Office for 10 years.

“This is one of the great honors of my life to serve the goals and mission of Atlanta Housing,” Dixon said. “It’s a human right to have an affordable place to live, and I’m honored to do my part to make the dream of a decent and affordable home a reality.

(Photo: Courtesy of Atlanta Housing Authority)

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