Ivory Lee Young, Jr. is serving his fourth term on the Atlanta City Council. His strong leadership and collaborative problem-solving skills has resulted in adopting policy with a long-term positive impact on the city. He currently serves on the City Utilities and Community Development/Human Services committees as well as the Committee on Council. During his tenure, he has served as a member of most of the council committees including serving as chair and/or co-chair.
With support from former Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration through the Department of Planning, Ivory successfully completed “Westside Revive.” This unprecedented initiative created redevelopment plans for neighborhoods that have not benefited from traditional economic opportunities.
Ivory’s active role in the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor resulted in more than $65 million for the completion of the Historic Westside Village project that served as a catalyst for continued investments.
He also supported funding of police and fire equipment to enhance public safety throughout the district, including infrastructure improvements and cameras. Ivory lent his legislative support for the creation of the Atlanta Citizens Review Board (ACRB) and abolished the Disorderly Conduct 6 (DC) statute that unfairly profiled citizens in underserved neighborhoods. He continues to lobby at the state level for enhanced tools to combat blight across the city through code enforcement.
Ivory consistently seeks opportunities to help senior citizens and underserved families through philanthropic initiatives funded by private donors. Over the years he has hosted senior citizen activities, provided food, toys, school supplies, and other services throughout the community.
Infrastructure improvements, the creation of greenspace, environmental compliance, senior citizen and low-income housing opportunities and rehabilitation continue to be a critical focus and commitment for the residents of this great district.
Ivory earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Hampton University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and former Vice-President of the Atlanta Chapter. He resides in historic Vine City with his wife, Shalise, their children and grandchildren.