Andre Dickens is a City of Atlanta council member, businessman, nonprofit executive, engineer, speaker, deacon, father, and native Atlantan. His career follows his passions and his impact follows his commitment.
As the Post 3 At-Large Council member he is a vocal and legislative leader on educational opportunities for Atlanta Public Schools students, affordable housing, transportation, workforce development, and seasoned citizens programming. He currently serves as the chairman of the Transportation Committee, providing oversight to city streets, bridges, sidewalks, paths, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport.
Some of his legislative highlights include: creating the Department of Transportation, implementing a $15 per hour minimum wage, establishing a BeltLine Inclusionary Zoning for affordable housing, establishing the Atlanta Youth Commission, setting aside a $40 million Housing Opportunity Bond, creating a joint commission between City Council and APS board, and establishing a BeltLine senior housing rehab program. He has also co-authored legislation to ban smoking, including e-cigarettes devices, inside Atlanta bars and restaurants, city government and public buildings, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. In 2017, he sponsored and helped launch the Teen “Midnight” Basketball League, a program which includes workshops that help young men develop life skills and further their education.
Dickens is the Georgia Community Leader for TechBridge, a nonprofit that drives community impact by bringing affordable technology and business expertise to other nonprofit organizations. In 2018, he co-founded the Technology Career Program. The free program is designed to prepare unemployed and individuals experiencing a disadvantaged in the work field for a career in the growing technology job market. The program teaches them high demand technology skills while helping participants land jobs in IT departments across Atlanta.
He also serves as a member of the Georgia Tech Alumni Board of Directors, an Alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, Diversity Leadership Atlanta, United Way VIP; Regional Leadership Institute, member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.; deacon of New Horizon Baptist Church; and several other organizations and affiliations.
Council member Dickens was elected citywide to the Atlanta City Council Post 3 at-Large in November 2013. He previously served as the chairman of the Public Safety Committee and the Community Development Committee, as well as on the boards of the Atlanta BeltLine, Invest Atlanta, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Dickens served as the Assistant Director of Outreach Initiatives for Georgia Tech’s Office of Institute Diversity. He spearheaded the African-American Male Institute, which resulted in a significant increase in the GPA and graduation rate among black males. He also managed the Focus graduate school recruitment program and the Challenge Program that helps hundreds of students successfully transition into college life each year.
Early in his career, he worked as a sales engineer for DSM Engineering Plastics and became the youngest and first black salesman of the year. At the age of 28, he co-founded City Living Home Furnishings, which grew into a multi-million dollar retail business with two locations. Dickens ran the company for nine years until 2011.
Dickens is a proud product of Atlanta Public Schools and a graduate of Mays High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s of public administration degree in Economic Development at Georgia State University.He enjoys spending time with his 14-year old daughter, experiencing live music, attending church services, and traveling the world. He is an avid Atlanta sports fan and enjoys supporting the Falcons, Hawks, Braves, United, Dream, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.