Ivory Lee Young, Jr. was elected to Atlanta City Council in 2001. His role in public service was preceded by years of committed community activism and service including the delivery of affordable childcare to inner city families.
As a fourth term member of Council continues to effectively support the economic and social needs of District 3 and the City of Atlanta. His strong leadership skills successfully negotiated support for legislation that has long-term positive impact on this city.
Young strongly believes that the City of Atlanta should be a national model for compassionate, effective, and efficient delivery of all municipal services. He continues to support a balanced city budget without increasing taxes to the citizens of Atlanta.
He with the support of Mayor Reed’s Administration through the Department of Planning launched “Westside Revive.” This unprecedented initiative will provide opportunities for creating redevelopment plans for neighborhoods that have not benefited from traditional economic opportunities. This will integrate the voices of the community with a professional planning team to capture a comprehensive vision that will stimulate economic growth throughout the district and improve the overall quality of life. It is important that we create plans that will promote balanced and smart growth for current and future residents.
Councilmember Young has played an active role in the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor, his work to get more than $65 million dollars designated to complete the Historic Westside Village project served as a catalyst for continued investments. While redevelopment is a key component to improving the district and fostering economic growth, the welfare of the citizens remains his primary focus. Public Safety and reducing blight in our neighborhoods is a priority mandated by his constituency and is always at the forefront of his agenda and his advocacy.
Young consistently seeks opportunities to help senior citizens and underserved families through philanthropic initiatives funded by private donors. Over the years he has hosted senior citizen activities, provided food, toys, school supplies, and other services throughout the community.
Young earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Hampton University (Hampton,Va.) in 1986, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and former Vice-President of the Atlanta Chapter. With over twenty years of experience in Architectural, Planning, and Construction Program Management firms, he has professionally assisted in creating designs, plans, and served as an advocate for establishing millions of dollars of development in District 3.
Councilmember Ivory Lee Young, Jr. is a native of Butler Alabama, the eldest of four children born to Ivory L. Young Sr. and the late Susie Mae Young, a retired United States Sergeant Major with a thirty year military career and a professional seamstress that tailored uniforms for soldiers including retired General Colin Powell.
Councilmember Young resides in historic Vine City with his wife, Shalise Steele-Young and their children and grandchildren.