A Life in Service...

Yolanda was first elected to serve the voters of District 8 in 2009. Her campaign was centered on a strong desire to
bring fiscal accountability to the City and to raise the bar on how decisions are made at City Hall.

Since being elected, she has made significant steps toward raising that bar:

As a Freshman, she was appointed to Chair the Finance Committee and led the City in pension reform leading to savings of over $20 million.

Despite declining revenues in each of the last three years, the City is now in a much stronger financial position. The City’s general fund has increased from $7 million to nearly $127 million and credit ratings have improved as well.

Working with Public Safety, she has supported reorganization of the police zones, funding of 2000 police officers and improved technology including the Video Integration Center. Additionally, Buckhead has a new burglary unit.

As a member of the Utilities Committee, she has pushed for stronger accountability and reporting by the Department of Watershed Management including reports on capital projects, management of cash flow and receivables and customer service.

In an effort to enhance parks and green space, she successfully lobbied for the removal of the Department of Watershed Management from the heart of Chastain Park freeing many acres for recreational use. She has also granted micro grants for neighborhood parks and playgrounds.

A strong proponent of improved infrastructure, she is advocating for the city to receive its fair share of gas taxes and is requesting legislation from the state to allow flexibility of existing sales tax for infrastructure needs

With Councilman Shook she has sponsored an annual Eco -Recycling Day in Buckhead

Yolanda has been a strong leader and advocate for neighborhoods for many years. She has served on many community based boards and schools.

  • She served as the President of Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association, which serves nearly 1000 homes
  • Working with her neighborhood association, $250,000 was raised to remodel Fire Station 27 which had appalling living conditions for its Firefighters. Chief Cochran recognized their efforts by awarding them the Award of Distinction.
  • Advocated for lower school taxes and was successful in reducing the tax rate by 1 mill
  • Lobbied the state for lower taxes for senior citizens, a benefit afforded to seniors in surrounding counties
  • Appointed to the Beltline Tax Allocation Advisory Committee (TADAC) where she served as Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee
  • Raised funding and awareness for a program supporting Atlanta students with severe emotion and behavioral issues and autism

Yolanda’s early years were spent on a working family farm in upstate New York. She is a strong champion for the environment , active lifestyles, and family. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she had a successful career as a CPA with Ernst & Young. She and her husband Lee have two adult daughters.

"Atlanta faces enormous challenges.  We must impose strong fiscal controls and 21st Century management standards on City Hall, to enhance public safety, ensure delivery of services,  promote smart growth, tame the traffic tie-ups, and get better value for our tax dollars.  Without real change, businesses leave and quality of life in our neighborhoods deteriorates.  My profes­sional background as a CPA alongside my hands-on experience working for our neighbor­hoods posi­tions me well to tackle these crucial issues.”
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