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Sheperd holds leadership positions all over the City Of Atlanta.  Dedicated to service on Atlanta City Council, Sheperd is a committee member of Community Development and Human Services, City Utilities, Transportation and Zoning Committee. Fervent about the environment, Sheperd is the founder and Co-Chair of the Code Enforcement Commission and a board member of Keep Atlanta Beautiful. She also is a member of the Homeless Continuum of Care.  Sheperd also served on the Blue Ribbon Efficiency Committee to address Waste and Efficiency in Government.  Sheperd is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Fort McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, The Diabetes of Atlanta Association and Advisory member of the Villages at Carver Family YMCA.

In addition to local appointments, Sheperd also serves her constituents on a state and national level. Locally Sheperd has served on the Board of the Georgia Municipal Associations and now serves as a member of the Community Development Committee and Georgia Municipal Black Caucus.  A proud and active member of the National League of Cities (NLC), she also serves on The Community Development Committee, a member of the Board of Women in Municipal Government and National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Sheperd’s State and National presence and involvement has brought great programs to the City of Atlanta including the launch of the NLC CVS/ Caremark Prescription Discount Card Program and NLC Utility Service Partners Warranty Program which offers residents options to reduce  the high costs of home utility repair on water infrastructure. 

Sheperd is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing her dedication and leadership in the Atlanta community, including the National Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award, Atlanta City Council President Community Service Award, and the John C. Birdine Distinguished Leadership Award. She is also a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute class of 2007 and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Atlanta.

Raised in the City Of Atlanta, Joyce Sheperd is a graduate of Booker T. Washington, Atlanta Public School System, a fifty eight year resident of the City of Atlanta, and a thirty eight year resident of District 12.  Sheperd is a 31 year retiree of Avaya Communications and the Communication Workers of America Union.  She broke through the glass ceiling in the telecommunications industry in the late 70’s when she became one of the first female line persons.  She retired as one of only a few women serving the position of a telecommunication engineer. Among her notable achievements, none is greater than her role as a mother and grandmother!

​Biography of Joyce M. Sheperd

​Rising from experience as chair of her Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU X) and other community organizations, Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce Sheperd is in the full swing of her fourth term as council representative for District 12. She is a champion for community education, neighborhood safety, economic development, jobs and more. Sheperd is a listener, a community advocate, and friend.


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