Lisa M. Borders, President, Atlanta City Council speaks at Terry Third Thursday

“Progress and Possibilities in Atlanta”

Lisa Borders serves as president of the Atlanta City Council, having been elected in a citywide special election on August 10, 2004. She was re-elected by an overwhelming margin in 2005's regular election. Her duties include presiding over Council meetings, appointing committee chairs and participants for Council and maintaining relationships with the Executive branch of government. Her community initiatives include increasing the availability of affordable housing, uncovering transportation solutions to address our region's traffic challenges and promoting neighborhood safety and preservation.

Borders also serves as a senior vice president with Cousins Properties Inc., an Atlanta-based real estate investment trust (REIT). Her duties include external affairs, marketing, communications and community reinvestment.

Previously, Borders worked in the health care arena for over 15 years. She served as the chief administrator for Atlanta Women's Specialists and also served as vice president for operations for Healthcap Atlanta (a Physician Practice Management Company acquired by FPA Medical Management).

Borders has worked in her community primarily focusing on family issues in the areas of education, healthcare and housing. She serves as a trustee at the Westminster Schools, a board member at Clark Atlanta University, and as a director of Saint Joseph's Healthcare System. She is a member of Leadership Georgia and recruits and interviews students for her alma mater, Duke University, where she also serves on the board of visitors. She has also served on the boards of Research Atlanta, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Teach For America, Great Schools Atlanta and the Salvation Army.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado. She has one son, Garry, who is an honor student at Georgia State University.

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