Candace L. Byrd, Esq., Assistant Secretary
In January 2010, Ms. Byrd was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed as Acting Chief of Staff of the City of Atlanta. She is responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Mayor on legislative and political issues and serves as liaison to the public and private sectors in fostering partnerships and the development of revenue generating initiatives; and providing supervision and policy direction over External Affairs & International Relations, Constituent Services, Communications, Human Services, all festivals/special events and special projects.
Ms. Byrd is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense lawyers and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a mentor in the EverybodyWins! Atlanta, which is a program that encourages reading through a partnership of professionals with elementary students. Ms. Byrd is a frequent speaker on issues of indigent defense. She was a featured guest on the Layman’s Lawyer and was featured in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta 2005. She has devoted time to exposing young students to the political and civic arena by introducing them to state and local legislators and members of the judiciary.