Rising from experience as chair of her Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU X) and other community organizations, Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce Sheperd is in the full swing of her fourth term as council representative for District 12. She is a champion for community education, neighborhood safety, economic development, jobs and more. Sheperd is a listener, a community advocate, and friend.

Sheperd holds leadership positions and board appointments all over the City of Atlanta. Dedicated to service on City Council, Sheperd is a committee member of the Community Development and Human Services, City Utilities, Transportation Committee, the Board of Directors for the Fort McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, founder and Chair of the Community Engagement Committee, and Co-founder of the Code Commission.   She authored the legislation to create the Neighborhood Arts Advisory Group, she is a member and responsible for revamping the structure of the Keep Atlanta Beautiful Board. Sheperd is an Advisory member of the Villages at Carver Family YMCA, a Board member of The Diabetes Atlanta Association, member of the Blue Ribbon Efficiency Committee and a member of Continuum of Care Committee.

In addition to local appointments, Sheperd also serves her constituents on a state and national level. Locally, Sheperd is on the Board of the Georgia Municipal Association. As a proud and active member of the National League of Cities (NLC), she serves on the Board of Women in Municipal Government and National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.  Sheperd’s state and national presence and involvement has brought great programs to the City of Atlanta including the launch of the NLC CVS/Caremark Prescription Discount Card program (cost reduction for prescriptions) and NLC Utility Service Partners Warranty program which offers residents options to reduce the high costs of home utility repair on water infrastructure.

Sheperd is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her dedication and leadership in the Atlanta community, including the National Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award, Atlanta City Council President Community Service Award, and the John C. Birdine Distinguished Leadership Award. She is also a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute class of 2007 and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Raised in the City of Atlanta, Joyce Sheperd is a graduate of Booker T. Washington, Atlanta Public School System, a fifty five year resident of the City of Atlanta, and a thirty five year resident of District 12. She is also a proud mother and grandmother. She has served as a voice in the Atlanta community for years and is dedicated to continuing to improve the quality of life in the City of Atlanta for years to come.


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