Hi! I’m Brionté McCorkle. Nice to Meet You.
I am a mother, wife, activist, environmentalist, community organizer, millennial, advocate for people, and a supporter of transit, bikes and sidewalks. I am a movement builder who believes that everyone should have access to opportunities to improve their lives for the better.
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
I was born in Oklahoma, but moved around a lot because my mom served in the Air Force. She taught me my passion for service. We lived in California for seven years before moving to Warner Robins, GA near Macon when I was ten. I graduated from Warner Robins High School, attended Ft. Valley State University and then moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia State University. There I earned my degree in Public Policy because I wanted to learn how to make things better for my future and my community.
WHY I AM RUNNING
In 2013, I began working on expanding MARTA to Clayton County. This successful effort is my proudest moment. On July 5th, 2014 I sat in the Clayton County Board of Commissioners building along with hundreds of other people waiting to see if the county’s leaders would vote to put MARTA on the ballot. When the commission finally voted in favor of MARTA, everyone in the room celebrated. I had tears in my eyes because I knew this would help make everyone’s lives better. Expanded transit meant access to better schools, jobs, healthcare, recreation, food, housing and more. In that moment, people felt empowered, like they finally had control over their lives and their community.
I decided then that I want to spend every day working to empower people and build better communities.
Over the years, I have served with United Way as a call center volunteer, ensuring that people got the help they were looking for. I also volunteered with Operation Hope to teach financial skills to our children and our community. In 2012, I worked at the Atlanta Regional Commission on stormwater and water conservation. From there, I joined Southface, a nonprofit focused on improving energy and water efficiency in buildings. There I played a role in training and certifying workers in high quality jobs. I am now the Assistant Director of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization. I work on expanding transit throughout the Atlanta area. See my full resume on LinkedIn.
While working on the Clayton County expansion, I met my husband Sékou, a west African immigrant from Mali. Together we have a beautiful baby girl named Aminata. She’s amazing and she deserves the world. We are excited to be settled and starting our family in our beautiful southwest Atlanta community.
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