Gay Atlanta official tapped to serve in Biden Administration

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Late last month, the Joe Biden administration appointed out Atlanta city official Reese McCranie to the position of senior advisor for the Office of Public Affairs at U.S. Customs & Border Protection.

“It is a tremendous honor to work alongside the more than 60,000 dedicated individuals at U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” McCranie told Project Q.

Prior to his appointment, McCranie worked for the City of Atlanta for 12 years. Most recently he was Deputy Chief Equity Officer for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. He helped establish the city’s first-ever Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion.

In that role, McCranie focused on health disparities, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ affairs, economic empowerment and inclusion and workforce development. Those issues and principles fit perfectly into his new role, he said.

“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am especially proud that the agency, its leadership and the broader Administration are reflective of our nation’s great diversity,” McCranie said.

“Representation matters,” he added.

McCranie previously served as Director of Policy and Communications at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from 2013-2018. There he focused on security, human trafficking prevention, and Ebola and Zika mitigation with local, state and federal partners.

In politics and civil service, McCranie also advised the Kasim Reed administration. He was also media director for the former mayor’s 2009 campaign. He was one of the LGBTQ Advisors to Rafael Warnock’s 2020 campaign for U.S. Senate and was Deputy State Director of Biden’s 2020 presidential run.

He is a GLAAD board member and was crowned one of its Atlanta Champions in 2013. He is also a former board member of the Georgia Foreign Trade Zone and Fulton County HIV/AIDS Advisory Council, and a member of the Georgia advisory board for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

McCranie and his husband of 17 years, Nicholas, live in Midtown Atlanta. It remains home base as McCranie commutes to Washington, D.C., for his new role.


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