A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Andrea L. Boone is the daughter of the late Civil Rights Leader Rev. Joseph E. Boone (Simpson Road renamed in his honor) and longtime Atlanta Public Schools educator Alethea W. Boone. Andrea inherited her traits of courage, consistency, tenacity and faith from both of her parents. As a young girl growing up in southwest Atlanta, being the child of activists, she was entrenched in the Civil and Human Rights Movement when she marched alongside her father and in picket lines protesting social injustices across the city.
With a strong concern for community, health, and social justice, Andrea was privileged to serve for nearly 20 years as the chief of staff to Atlanta City Council member C.T. Martin. It was there that she carried forth her father’s conviction that all citizens have the right to social justice and equality. Using superb strategic and organizational skills, in concert with her activist upbringing, she has grown to become a major mover and shaker in Atlanta.
As co-founder of the City of Atlanta’s annual Youthfest for the past 16 years, her leadership allowed for thousands of children in Southwest Atlanta the opportunity to experience a fun-filled day of activities during their summer break. Andrea also played a key role in the grand opening of the Adamsville Natatorium, a $20,000,000, state of the art recreation center. She has initiated bold new projects and created programming at Adamsville Natatorium to improve the quality of life for youth, families, and senior citizens in her Westside community.
Appointed on the Executive Cabinet by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in 2010 to serve as Commissioner, she oversaw the offices of Constituent Services, Human Services, and the Office of Weed & Seed. Ms. Boone has assisted thousands of Atlantans to find shelter, food, and other critical services. Her leadership has been instrumental in providing critical programs for seniors and underprivileged families. Most notable programs include the Senior Citizens Ball, the ZAP Asthma Back to School Event, Hyundai America Coat Giveaway, the Atlanta Commission on Aging, and the SCANA Energy Stay Cool initiative.
Her commitment to community development extends beyond the doors of City Hall. She has served as a Board Member of the League of Women Voters, and C.H.O.I.C.E.S (The Center Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully, Inc.). She has also coordinated and provided leadership for community partnerships with the Morehouse School of Medicine, the National Institute of Health, the American Diabetes Association, and Hands On Atlanta.
Commissioner Boone was honored to be elected as a delegate from Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for Presidential Candidate Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and 2012.
Most recently her community service work was honored by the Georgia Coalition of Black Women and the Trumpet Awards Foundation with a “High Heels” award. Other recognition’s and honors of her work and contributions include the “Outstanding Young Woman of the Year”, the Mayor’s Tops Award, UNCC Woman of the Year; a resolution from the Georgia General Assembly, and dozens of other community service awards from various community organizations.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
~ Mother Teresa
A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and Tuskegee University, she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Committed to her father’s legacy, Andrea is a life-long member of Rush Memorial Congregational Church. Andrea fosters and encourages community engagement while working alongside corporate and nonprofit partners to achieve desired results for the community.
As a woman of excellence, she recognizes that she is not here merely to make a living. She is here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, greater understanding, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. She is committed to enriching the world, one life, one family, one neighborhood, one community and one city at a time.