Councilman Andre D. Dickens currently serves as the chair of the Community Development & Human Resources Committee and is a member of the Transportation and City Utilities Committees. He also serves on the boards of the Atlanta Beltline, Invest Atlanta, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. In 2014, the Atlanta Business League named the new councilmember one of Atlanta’s Men of Influence.
Dickens is a proud product of the Atlanta Public School System. He attended Miles Elementary, Southwest Middle School and Benjamin E. Mays High School where he graduated in the top two percent of his class. Dickens earned his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. In 2013, he earned his Master’s of Public Administration in Economic Development at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
In 1999, Dickens began working for DSM Engineering Plastics and in 2002 he co-founded City Living Home Furnishings in Atlanta, a family-operated business that grew into a multi-million dollar business with two locations and over 20 employees. City Living won numerous awards including Atlanta’s Best Contemporary Furniture store (2005) and one of the top 50 furniture retailers in the nation by Home Accents magazine. Dickens oversaw City Living’s operations, finances, and marketing efforts until 2010.
He returned to his alma mater to serve as the Assistant Director of Outreach Initiatives for Georgia Tech’s OMED: Educational Services, a department within the Office of Institute Diversity. In this role, he manages the graduate recruitment program and helps hundreds of undergraduate students and their parents successfully transition into college life.
In his short tenure as Post 3 At-Large Councilmember he has become a vocal and legislative activist in promoting quality educational opportunities for Atlanta Public School students and ensuring that affordable housing is a significant component of Atlanta’s future economic growth.
Dickens and his wife Kimberly, a real estate attorney, and their daughter, Bailey and their dog Kola love Atlanta. Councilman Dickens looks forward to his public service career as he works to make the city he loves, the best it can be.