Post 3 at Large
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L. Paige Fenn, Councilmember Aide
Councilman Andre Dickens was elected citywide to the Atlanta City Council Post 3 at Large in November 2013. He currently serves as the chair of the Community Development & Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Finance and City Utilities Committees. He also serves on the boards of the Atlanta BeltLine, Invest Atlanta, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Dickens is a proud product of the Atlanta Public School System where he graduated from Benjamin E Mays High School. Dickens earned his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. In 2013, he earned his Master’s of Public Administration in Economic Development at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
In 1999, Dickens began working for DSM Engineering Plastics as an engineer and in 2002 he co-founded City Living Home Furnishings in Atlanta, a family-operated business that grew into a multi-million dollar business with two locations and over 20 employees. City Living won numerous awards including Atlanta’s Best Contemporary Furniture store (2005) and one of the top 50 furniture retailers in the nation by Home Accents magazine. Dickens oversaw City Living’s operations, finances, and marketing efforts until 2010.
He returned to his alma mater to serve as the Assistant Director of Outreach Initiatives for Georgia Tech’s Office of Institute Diversity. He managed the graduate school recruitment program and helps hundreds of undergraduate students each year successfully transition into college life. Dickens authored grant proposals annually for 6 years that funded the university’s first African-American Male Initiative which he managed that resulted in 96% retention rates and higher GPAs for black male participants over all other ethnic groups. He also advised the undergraduate chapter of his Fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi and directed the university’s minority graduate school recruitment program called FOCUS.
In 2016, Dickens became the new Executive Advisor for TechBridge, a nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofits. Andre is charged with building relationships with large nonprofits across the US. TechBridge’s mission to ultimately reduce poverty through technology aligns perfectly with Andre’s personal mission and attracted him to this role that he enjoys.
In his short tenure as Post 3 At-Large Councilmember he has become a vocal and legislative activist in promoting quality educational opportunities for Atlanta Public School students, ensuring that affordable housing is a significant component of Atlanta’s future economic growth, and enabling seniors to live comfortable lives in the city. He has been awarded numerous awards including the Urban League Young Professionals Political Advocate of the Year for 2016, the Young Democrats Future is Blue Honoree for 2016, National Role Model Honoree for 2015 by Minority Access, GA State University’s Andrew Young School Commencement Speaker for 2015, Atlanta Business Leagues Men of Influence for 2014, among others.
Councilman Dickens looks forward to continuing his public service career as he works to make the city he loves the most inclusive and innovative city it can be.