Deana Holiday Ingraham, the 34th Mayor of East Point, Georgia, a champion public servant, is a wife, mother, and advocate who is dedicated personally and professionally to public service. As the daughter of a father who was an entrepreneur who owned and operated a construction company and a mother who served over 35 years as a teacher and guidance counselor in the public school system, Deana was reared to think outside the box, lead change to improve the lives of others and serve others, for to whom much is given, much is required.
During her first term in office as an elected official, she championed implementation of livable wages for City employees, financial literacy for youth, Golden Age Resource Fair for seniors and the creation of a Joint Learning Committee (JLC). The JLC brings together school leaders, city department heads, and leaders from public, private, and non-profit sectors to extend learning in out-of-school time, increase parent and youth engagement, and enhance workforce development. As Mayor, she championed East Point being designated as a “Welcoming City,” and led the creation of “The Healthy Point Initiative” to increase healthy lifestyle choices of East Point residents, create a more active and connected community and provide greater access to health information and services. Additionally, she has launched the Mayor’s Scholars Program, My Brother’s and Sister’s Keepers in The Point, and the Volunteering In the Point (VIP) community engagement initiative.
East Point has been busy. From developing public arts and agricultural master plans, winning U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfields grants, to entering into a strategic alliance with the U.S. Small Business Administration to foster small business development, and cutting the ribbon on the new city hall in the heart of downtown. East Point offers a diverse and inclusive community with great amenities and access to everything businesses need to thrive. As development interests increase, Mayor Holiday Ingraham is committed to being people-focused and clear about the desire to attract responsible developers who are interested in building community as well as building buildings. Despite popular belief, she knows that revitalization/redevelopment is not synonymous with gentrification and believes that East Point can and will revitalize and redevelop while minimizing, if not eliminating, the negative impacts of gentrification through infusing and requiring equity. To this end, she is committed to working with courageous Councilmembers, staff, partners and East Pointers to lead the way and demonstrate that it is possible to have innovative smart growth while ensuring that legacy residents and businesses remain stable and benefit from new investments.
Deana Holiday Ingraham received a B.S. degree from Florida A&M University in Business Administration and Accounting with a minor in Criminal Justice and Psychology, a J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law, and a M.S. degree in Criminal Justice with a specialty in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice from Nova Southeastern University.
In 2018 and 2019, Mayor Holiday Ingraham was named as one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.” She serves as a board member of the National League of Cities, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Georgia Municipal Association, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Regional Health Board and the Clayton State University College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. She has also served as Co-Chair of the National League of Cities Youth Education and Families Council, President of the Georgia Municipal Black Caucus and is an esteemed member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband Willie Ingraham, Jr. are the proud parents of their daughter Nia.