Attorney Ceasar C. Mitchell serves as seventh president of the Atlanta City Council. Prior to being elected council president, Mitchell served eight years as a citywide council member. As a public official, Mitchell advocates for safer communities through specific initiatives including police foot patrols.
He has championed key legislation facilitating economic revitalization in underdeveloped areas by authoring measures to create four of the city’s 10 Tax Allocation Districts and supporting legislation for community input in the Beltline Project. In 2004, Mitchell stepped up his efforts to make Atlanta clean, green, safe and thriving by creating a Parks Advisory Group to provide recommendations for Atlanta to achieve and sustain a work-class parks and recreation system with a governance structure.
Additionally, he created a Clean Green Team to provide technical assistance and resources to 22 community groups to improve their neighborhoods. He also led the charge to turn a dangerous unpaved road into the Cahaba Drive Walking Trail, a safe path for a southwest Atlanta neighborhood. Mitchell is actively committed to the education and enrichment of the city’s youth as reflected in his semi-annual College Prep Series — a college admissions exam preparation program. To date, more than 4,500 middle and high school students and their parents have participated.
Mitchell is a native Atlantan, the son of an Atlanta police officer and Atlanta Public Schools teacher, and a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School. He is an honor graduate of Morehouse College with dual majors in economics and English. Mitchell earned his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the International Law Journal and won a national moot court championship in constitutional law.
In March 2013, The Aspen Institute named Mitchell to its 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. The Henry Crown Fellowship is a two-year program that engages the next generation of leaders in the challenge of community-spirited leadership. Also, he currently serves as a member of the Midtown Alliance Board of Directors, the driving force behind the revitalization of Atlanta’s eclectic and vibrant Midtown community.
Mitchell and his wife, Dr. Tiffany Mitchell are the proud parents to two beautiful young daughters. They reside in the Historic West End community and attend Impact United Methodist Church.