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Meet Kirkland

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Meet Kirkland

I grew up in Duluth and have lived in the city since 2004. 

 
 

I am a proud graduate of Duluth High School. I regularly attend Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. Duluth is my home and the community in which those that I love have chosen to call home. Like you, I’ve chosen to invest in the future of Duluth.

I have had a long-standing personal commitment to the people of Gwinnett County and specifically the City of Duluth, which is why I participated in the Duluth L.E.A.D Academy (2011), The Duluth Citizens Police Academy (2016) and The Citizen's Budget Advisory Board (2016). Through these programs I gained an understanding from city staff on how our city functions and developed an understanding of how I could contribute to this city’s future development.

 

Education and Career

In 2015 I received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science at Georgia State University. While in college, I served as a Legislative Aide to Minority Leader State Senator Steve Henson during the 2014 legislative session, during this time I worked on a variety of prominent issues facing Gwinnett.

Immediately after graduating, I began working for a local engineering firm called Jacobs Engineering as an Urban Planning Technician. This position required me to analyze facts involved in the land-use decision-making process, read, interpret, and apply government codes and regulations. Currently, I work as a Transportation Planner with the Office of Planning at the Georgia Department of Transportation, where it's my responsibility to serve as a liaison to local government staff and work to improve transportation across our state.

In 2009 I also received an Associate’s degree in Audio Engineering from The Art Institute of Atlanta.

 

Public Service

In 2011, I was appointed to one four-year term as a member of the Duluth Urban Redevelopment Authority. In 2013, I worked with staff to revisit the City’s economic development incentives and voted to create an Opportunity Zone district, which extends outward from Buford Highway and Pleasant Hill. Companies that located in the zone and created at least two jobs receive a $3,500 Georgia income tax credit per job.

In 2012, I was appointed to one three-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals, where I voted on decisions that had a direct impact on the quality of life for local families and businesses. As a member, it was my responsibility to read, interpret and enforce various zoning ordinances. Board decisions took into considerations elements of high visibility and priority, such as traffic flow, environmental protections, noise, safety and community aesthetics.

In 2016, I served on the City of Duluth’s Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee and made recommendations on helping the City find new revenue generating ideas. In 2016 I completed the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy, a 10-week program designed to gives participants a first-hand glimpse of how the County works, and develops, nurtures, informs and engages residents, students, and business owners in Gwinnett. 

Since 2013, I’ve been a regular volunteer for the Duluth Fall Festival. Every major election since 2012, I have worked for the Gwinnett Board of Registration Elections as an Election Clerk. I have also volunteered at the Duluth High School and encouraged young individuals of all political affiliations to become active members of their community.

 

 
 In 2014, I interned for the Senate Democratic Caucuses under the leadership of Senate Minority Leader Steven Henson and his staff.

In 2014, I interned for the Senate Democratic Caucuses under the leadership of Senate Minority Leader Steven Henson and his staff.

 Graduation photo of the 2016 Duluth Citizens Police Academy

Graduation photo of the 2016 Duluth Citizens Police Academy

 In 2017, a day of service in honor of MLK Day with Wishes 4 Me Foundation, a nonprofit that helps disabled adults live a fuller life.

In 2017, a day of service in honor of MLK Day with Wishes 4 Me Foundation, a nonprofit that helps disabled adults live a fuller life.