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Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Melissa Mullinax as Senior Advisor

Post Date:09/23/2014 12:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director 
404-330-6423, office 
404-904-2618, cell 
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Melissa Mullinax, Deputy Director 
404-330-6756,office 
404-825-2430, cell
mjmullinax@atlantaga.gov 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/23/2014

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Melissa Mullinax as Senior Advisor

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today announced his appointment of Melissa Mullinax as Senior Advisor. In this role, Mullinax will provide guidance on legislative issues and manage Mayor Reed’s external relationships with government officials, neighborhood and community organizations, and City of Atlanta commission appointments. Mullinax will also continue to provide strategic communications counsel to the Mayor and senior Administration officials on operational and policy issues.

“Melissa has been an invaluable member of my senior team since 2012,” said Mayor Reed. “Throughout her career, she has shown a deep dedication to serving communities across Atlanta and Georgia. In this new role, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge in public affairs, strategic communications and politics.”

Mullinax currently serves as Deputy Director of Communications where she develops and implements comprehensive and integrated public relations and communications strategies for the Mayor and the City’s operational departments. Mullinax has also played a leadership role in a number of the Administration’s policy initiatives including the successful effort to improve the City’s ranking in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Waste and Efficiency, and women’s policy issues.

Mullinax has 20 years of experience in politics, public affairs, strategic communications, grassroots organizing, ally development, and coalition building. Prior to joining the Reed Administration, she was the Government Affairs Advisor to the Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, a federally-recognized 10,000 member gaming tribe, where she developed and sustained key relationships between the Tribe and federal, state and local governments, businesses and economic development organizations. She also served as a founder and principal of three public affairs and political consulting campaigns – The Edison Group, True Blue and Percussion Campaigns + Communications. Previously, Mullinax also served as the Southern Regional Political Director from 2002 until 2006 for the largest union in the country, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Mayor Reed and the Administration on critical policy initiatives and external affairs,” said Mullinax. “I look forward to working with our community and government partners to ensure that strategic partnerships and effective communications are assets for, and deliver value to, what I believe is the greatest city in America.”

A native Atlantan, Mullinax graduated with honors from Agnes Scott College with a degree in political science.

Mullinax has served on the national boards of the Victory Fund, the Center for Policy Alternatives and the American Association of Political Consultants. In Georgia, she served on the Executive Committee of the state Democratic Party, on the board of WIN List, a political action committee for pro-choice Democratic women candidates, and the Women’s Policy Group.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

 

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