During yesterday’s inaugural ceremony for elected Atlanta officials, the Atlanta City Council welcomed two new members. Here’s a little more about them.

Mary Norwood

Mary Norwood, Post 2 At-Large, previously served on the council from  2002-2009, so is technically returning for a third term.  Her expertise lies in environmental, preservation, zoning, public safety, transportation, housing and homeless issues. Norwood is also well-known in the community for championing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and as an advocate for equality for all Atlantans. The Augusta native attended Sweet Briar College and graduated from Emory University. She is married to Dr. Felton Norwood, a retired pediatrician, and is the stepmother to Palmer Norwood and Dr. Dorsey Norwood, an East Point pediatrician.

Andre Dickens

Andre Dickens, Post 3 At-Large, was born and raised in Atlanta and is the product of Atlanta Public Schools. Dickens earned a Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1998 where he was inducted into the ANAK Society– Georgia Tech’s highest honor. In 1994, he began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer for BP-Amoco. In 1999, Dickens began work as a Sales Engineer for DSM Engineering Plastics.  In 2002, he co-founded City Living Home Furnishings, a family-run operation that grew into a multi-million dollar business with two locations and over 20 employees. Dickens oversaw City Living’s operations, finance, and marketing efforts until 2010. Currently, he is the Assistant Director for the Office of Institute Diversity at Georgia Tech. Dickens lives in Underwood Hills/West Midtown with his wife Kimberly, a real estate attorney and law firm owner, 8 year-old daughter, Bailey, and their dog Kola.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.