Office of Immigrant Affairs

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Director | Michelle Maziar


Our mission is to create a connected, inclusive community, where Atlantans are afforded equal opportunities and meaningfully engage in civic life, regardless of language or country of origin. Our Vision is to enhance the quality of life for all Atlantans through programs and policies that improve the day to day lives of new arrivals and foster a connected community of all Atlantans.

Welcoming Atlanta began as an initiative of the Chief Service Officer who oversees strategic civic and social welfare priorities for Mayor Reed, including the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.  In the Summer of 2014, Mayor Reed convened the Welcoming Atlanta Working Group, which included key stakeholders in the Atlanta immigrant and refugee community, to gather recommendations to make Atlanta a more welcoming city for foreign-born Atlantans.  The Mayor institutionalized these recommendations by establishing the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs which will implement the recommendations of the working group and develop additional recommendations to attract, engage and retain foreign born talent.

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will serve as the liaison between the City of Atlanta and the immigrant and refugee community.  The goals of the office align with existing priorities for the City including public safety, community engagement, and economic development.  Additionally the office will increase internal capacity for the City to serve their foreign- born Atlantans, as well as reduce barriers to civic participation.

To learn more about the office, please go to our website at

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Contact Information

Welcoming Atlanta

Michelle Maziar

Luisa F. Cardona
Deputy Director
Valerie Mills
Senior Program Manager 
     Rolando Restrepo
Operations and Project Coordinator 




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