Atlanta is a city of rebirth, revival, and resurgence. Right now, we have the opportunity to create a city that provides affordable housing, a clean environment, and straightforward leadership to all Atlantans. Living in East Lake with her husband Sean and son Paul, Mandy Mahoney has the leadership, experience, and passion to build a cleaner, safer, more equitable Atlanta.
Mandy has a strong track record of making a difference in Atlanta. She worked to take the idea of the BeltLine to the first phases of reality under the leadership of Mayor Shirley Franklin. She went on to serve as Atlanta’s first Director of Sustainability, creating the city’s first Climate Action Plan, one of Mandy’s greatest accomplishments.
The center of her heart, however, is Mandy’s grassroots volunteer work. Diving right in when she sees a need, Mandy volunteered with the food distribution program at the East Lake Y every week last year, and for that and more she earned the 2020 East Lake Y Volunteer of the Year award. While biking with her son to Drew Charter School, she experienced roads and sidewalks that are not safe for walkers and bikers, so Mandy breathed new life into Drew’s Safe Routes to School program and now chairs the PTA Health and Wellness Committee. She also serves on the Parent Equity Committee.
Mandy was very involved in recent Georgia U.S. Senate races, serving as an organizer of the environmental community and raising $50,000 for four national, black women-led environmental justice organizations doing voter mobilization here.
She supported Rev. Warnock’s campaign from the very beginning, helping to write his climate and environmental justice platform. She served as an organizer of the environmental community.
For the past decade, Mandy served as president of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. In that role, she led regional efforts to address climate change, clean energy, affordable housing, and environmental justice policy. As a council member, Mandy will apply her expertise in her home city. Mandy is currently coordinating a collaboration between the City of Atlanta, Georgia Power, Atlanta Housing Authority, Westside Future Fund and other leading agencies to solve our affordable housing crisis.
Mandy serves on board for the East Lake YMCA and Emory University Law School’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic. She is the immediate past Board Secretary for the Piedmont Park Conservancy and served as the Board Chair of Georgia Organics. In her professional capacity, she serves on the boards of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Southeast Wind Coalition, and Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.
AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Graduate of LEAD Atlanta 2010
Georgia WIN List Leadership Academy; the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010
2011 American Council of Germany’s Young Leaders Program
Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40” - 2014
Georgia Trend’s “40 under 40” - 2016
2020 East Lake YMCA Volunteer of the Year award
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND
Bachelor of Science - Biology -Emory University
Bachelor of Arts - Environmental Studies - Emory University
Master of Environmental Science - Duke University
Law Degree - Emory University.