Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr.
  Council District 3


E-Mail Address: ilyoung at

Office Location:
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave, S.W.
Suite 2900
 Atlanta, GA 30303-3584

Main Phone
: (404) 330-6046
Fax: (404) 658-7093

Staff Contacts:
Mi-Lan B. Henderson, Chief of Staff
Leslie N. Battle-Williams, Administrative Assistant

Committee Assignments:
City Utilities
Community Development/Human Resources Committee

Biography of Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr.

Ivory Lee Young, Jr. was elected as councilmember of Atlanta City Council District 3 in 2001.  Lending himself to public service was preceded by many years of committed community activism and service including his family’s use of more than $150,000 in personal funds since 1992 to assist inner city families with obtaining childcare services.

Today, as a third-term councilmember, Ivory Young, Jr. continues to work tirelessly to effectively support the economic and social needs of District 3 and the City of Atlanta.  His strong leadership skills have helped him to successfully negotiate and gain support for legislation that has long-term positive impact on this city. 

Councilmember Young believes government should be an honest, efficient deliverer of services and that City Hall should help those citizens least able to help themselves. In fact, he believes that the City of Atlanta should be a national model for the compassionate, effective, and efficient delivery of municipal services. 

Since joining the Atlanta City Council, Councilmember Young has rendered unprecedented service to the community – from the use of the U.S. National Guard to demolish abandoned property in District 3 that the city budget could not fund, to legislating funding to assist families with property losses in a 2002 flood as well as providing support for those devastated by the 2008 tornado that swept through several Atlanta neighborhoods.   

Young continues to listen to the voices of the community focusing on opportunities to stimulate economic growth throughout the district and improve the overall quality of life.  He remains adamant about protecting seniors and long-time residents to ensure that they enjoy safe and viable neighborhoods in District 3 and impassioned about the proliferation of abandoned and vacant parcels. Through legislation, he promotes smart growth and redevelopment initiatives that will improve blight while protecting the interest of the current homeowners.  

He believes transforming neglected property reduces crime; improves the city tax-base; and creates more vibrant, livable communities.  He eagerly desires to serve and represent District 3 and the City of Atlanta by working in partnership with its stakeholders to accurately identify and resolve concerns through sound ethical and professional practice. 

As the District 3 representative, Councilmember Young has played an active role in the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor, including working to get more than $65 million dollars designated to complete the Historic Westside Village project. While redevelopment is a key component to improving the district and fostering economic growth, the welfare of the citizens is his primary focus.  He understands that great minds inhabit all of our neighborhoods regardless of the demographics and that all citizens deserve the best public service, economic opportunity, and environmental justice available. 

To assist families in need, Councilmember Young hosts an annual senior citizen outing for more than 300 District 3 seniors. He also distributes 1,000 food boxes to needy families at Thanksgiving, and donates toys to children during the holiday at four locations in the community.    

In 1986, Young earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Hampton University (Hampton,Va.) He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and former Vice-President of the Atlanta Chapter. With over twenty years of experience in Architectural, Planning, and Construction Program Management firms, he has assisted in creating designs, plans, or served as an advocate for establishing millions of dollars of development in District 3.

Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. is a native of Butler Alabama, the eldest son of Ivory L. Young Sr. and Susie Mae Young, a retired United States Sergeant Major with a thirty year military career and a professional seamstress that tailored uniforms for soldiers that included retired General Colin Powell.  He remains proud of his Alabama roots visiting the same farms on which his parents were raised, instilling in him humility and a realization that poverty is not a disease that can be caught. Throughout his life, Young embraced the opportunity of extensive travel afforded him through his father’s military service.

Councilmember Young and his wife, Shalise Steele-Young, reside in the historic Vine City Neighborhood in Northwest Atlanta.  The couple has two children.