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There have been some changes in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s administration.
Former Chief Equity Officer Rashad Taylor has moved to the mayor’s executive staff as a senior advisor, according to city materials. William Hawthorn will be taking Taylor’s place. Fatimot Ladipo will be the new director of intergovernmental affairs.
The chief equity officer will be responsible making Atlanta more inclusive by defining and promoting equity throughout Atlanta, according to city materials. The director of governmental affairs will oversee City’s state and federal government affairs team along with the city’s legislative team, which represents the administration in front of the Atlanta city council.
“As part of our One Atlanta vision, I am committed to assembling a world-class workforce to deliver the best service to our city and residents,” said Mayor Bottoms. “I am excited that William Hawthorne and Fatimot Ladipo have joined our team and will bring their vast public and private sector expertise to our administration.”
Prior to his appointment, Hawthorne was CEO and president of New York-based consulting firm D/I Solutions. “I am delighted to have been appointed by Mayor Bottoms to the chief equity officer role,” he said in a statement. “I am excited beyond measure to assume a senior leadership role in the Administration that will allow me to help fulfill our vision of “One Atlanta” — to ensure equitable, open and inclusive practices across all City departments and to make certain all of our residents have the same access to opportunity.”
Ladipo most recently served as Regional Director for External Affairs for AT&T where she was responsible for advancing AT&T’s legislative and regulatory agenda at the local and state level. “I am excited to join Mayor Bottom’s Executive Office and help advance her legislative agenda for One Atlanta,” he said in a statement.
All positions are effective immediately, according to city materials.