At the Fulton County Board of Commissionersâ€™ January 4, 2017 meeting, Fulton County District 4 Commissioner Joan P. Garner was elected the Board of Commissionersâ€™ Vice-Chairman. Â The move came the same day Commissioner Garner was sworn in to begin a third term and second full term as a Fulton County Commissioner. Â
"I am honored to serve as Vice Chair of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners,â€ť says Commissioner Garner. â€śDuring the past six years on the Commission, I have enjoyed bringing people together to find shared solutions. I value the fact that Fulton County is home to many diverse people and communities. I look forward to serving them all."
Commissioner Garner has worked in the non-profit sector and been an active participant in many community leadership positions. Â Ms. Garner currently serves as 3rd Vice President for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). She has been active in the National Association of Counties, serving that organization in many capacities including as Health Steering Committee Chair. She has served on the boards of the Atlanta Beltline Affordable Housing, Metropolitan Community Development Corporation, Council of Foundations, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Southerners on New Ground, Georgia Share Funding Exchange, Southern Reinvestment Ventures and Fourth Tuesday Incorporated. She was appointed to the Transition Team of Mayor-Elect Maynard Jackson and the Atlanta Olympic Citizenâ€™s Advisory Commission. Ms. Garner also served as Senior Advisor on Gay and Lesbian Issues under Mayor Jackson.
Commissioner Garner was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2010. Â Ms. Garner represents District 4, which encompasses the heart of the City of Atlanta, Midtown, and neighborhoods west of downtown Atlanta to Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Â Â She is a native of Washington, DC, but has lived in Atlanta since 1978. Commissioner Garner earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia and a Masterâ€™s Degree in Organizational Communication from Howard University. Â Â