On Monday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an administrative order directing the City’s Chief Operating Officer Joshua Williams to convene an advisory council to advise on measures and steps needed to be taken in order to end the Bottoms’s Stay at Home Order, when that time is appropriate.

A plan of action to reopen Atlanta’s economy must be presented to Mayor Bottoms no later than May 15.

“Reopening the city must be executed in a cautious manner that is best suited for Atlanta,” Bottoms said. “The Advisory Council will provide the necessary input and buy-in from Atlanta stakeholders to outline a safe and thoughtful framework to get our economy back on track without endangering public health.”

The Advisory Council will be co-chaired by Williams; Bondurant, Mixson and Elmore, LLP Partner Robbie Ashe; and immediate past National Council of Negro Women National Chairperson Ingrid Saunders Jones.

Ashe coordinated the City’s response to the displacement of individuals and families caused by Hurricane Katrina. Saunders-Jones is a staunch advocate for women and children and formerly served as senior vice president for Global Community Relations at Coca-Cola and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation board.

Comprised of representatives from Atlanta organizations and businesses, the advisory council will create a framework to reopen the city of Atlanta for business, tourism, entertainment, congregational worship, large gatherings, and athletic events, a spokesperson explained.

The Advisory Council will also work toward an equitable reopening structure, keeping in mind the needs of women, members of the LGBTQ community, young people, seniors and homeless or displaced individuals.

Designated Advisory Council representatives from organizations and industries as authorized by the Mayor will include:

  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
  • The City of Atlanta’s Chief Health Officer
  • Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Grady Hospital
  • Emory University
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
  • Atlanta Business League
  • Atlanta Committee for Progress
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Atlanta Falcons/Atlanta United
  • Atlanta Dream
  • Atlanta University Center
  • Board of Regents
  • Representatives from the Restaurant Industry
  • Representatives from Arts & Culture
  • Representatives from the Faith Community
  • Representatives of Small Businesses
  • Representatives from Music, Film, and Entertainment
  • Representatives from the Retail Industry
  • Representatives from Communications and Cable Industries



(Photo: Joshua Spruiel/City of Atlanta)

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