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Atlanta City Council District 6 Candidate Alex Wan Receives Highest Score from Committee for a Better Atlanta

Alex Wan, seeking to again represent CDE6 after doing so for two successful terms (2010-2018) garners highest rating of “excellent” from influential group

ATLANTA, Sept. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Former Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan, a long-time Morningside homeowner and civic leader, has received the highest rating of “Excellent” from the Committee for a Better Atlanta (CBA). CBA is a coalition of businesses and civic organizations whose mission is to foster a healthy business environment by advocating a common business and civic agenda to policymakers as well as citizens.

Alex Wan, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 6
Alex Wan, candidate for Atlanta City Council District 6

“I am honored to again receive this acknowledgment from the CBA, a group of respected members of Atlanta’s business community and civic leaders who recognize the need for thoughtful, business-minded civic leaders engaged in City government,” Wan says. “With the issues facing our City and a time of transition at City Hall, I am ready to hit the ground running as the experienced leader District 6 needs.”

Wan’s score of 91 out of 100 was the highest in the field in the District 6 race. In his 2009 and 2013 Council races, Wan also was rated excellent and placed at the top of his field of opponents. All current CBA scores and ratings can be seen here www.CBATL.org.

“The rating of ‘Excellent’ is an acknowledgement that Alex continues to be a smart and dedicated leader whose experience, accessibility, transparency and collaborative leadership are what is needed now for the neighborhoods across City Council District 6,” says Phil Kent, former Turner Broadcasting System CEO.

He also notes that, “CBA leaders understand the importance of addressing issues Alex champions – from neighborhood safety to efficient and effective city services. Their rating indicates they know Alex has the strength, depth and experience to again represent all of his neighbors across the District on City Council.”

The Committee for a Better Atlanta’s decision is based upon written and oral responses from all candidates in the municipal races. The score is based on key areas, including public safety, financial competence, ethics/transparency, transportation, affordable housing and arts, among others. The ranking of candidates – on a four-tier scale – judges the qualifications of all Atlanta candidates.

Wan was first elected to the City Council District 6 post in 2009 and easily earned a second term in 2013. He is the first Asian American and first openly gay man to serve on Atlanta City Council. Raised in Atlanta and a District 6 and Morningside homeowner for 27 years, Wan was perhaps best known before his Council wins for deep roots in the community and long-time civic leadership.

Committee for a Better Atlanta 2021 scores
Committee for a Better Atlanta 2021 scores

“I look forward to continuing to fight alongside friends and neighbors across the district for our shared issues, including public safety, city service delivery, and quality of life initiatives,” Wan says. “Voters know I’m accessible and that my prior experience on the Atlanta City Council and relationships I have across the District and City are invaluable.”

He is Executive Director of Horizons Atlanta, a nonprofit that provides tuition-free summer enrichment programs for children from traditionally underserved communities. His professional experience includes the private, public, non-profit and higher-education sectors.

Atlanta City Council District 6 includes much of intown northeast Atlanta. For more information about Wan and his campaign or to contribute: www.AlexWanForAtlanta.com.

Media contact:
B. Andrew (Drew) Plant

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Women of Color-Led Venture Capital Firm Fearless Fund Announces VC Week to Educate and Empower All

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting Monday, August 23rd, Fearless Fund, the first VC fund built by women of color, for women of color, will kick off its inaugural Fearless Venture Capital Week: a multi-generational hybrid experience tailored toward educating all about venture capital and entrepreneurship.


The highly-anticipated, 7-day event will be offered both in-person and virtually via livestream with a jam-packed schedule including over 50 expert speakers, grant initiatives, giveaways, pitch competitions and more. Programming will include daily sessions tailored to building financial literacy within the following core demographics: Kids, Teens, HBCU Collegiates, Women Entrepreneurs, Women Investors, and Families. The week will close with a celebration brunch in honor of Fearless Fund’s recent $25MM+ round, where guests will have the opportunity to meet and network with other talented, like-minded individuals.

Standout speakers and events for VC Week include a Fireside Chat with renowned fashion designer Steve Madden, a Fearless VC Week x Daring to Disrupt Dialogue Discussion hosted by media legend Katie Couric, and an HBCU Pitch Competition presented by DJ Envy of the iconic radio show The Breakfast Club. Additional confirmed speakers include the following highly-regarded professionals: Brandice Daniel, Cindy Eckert, Andrea Brimmer, Tanya Van Court, Nikki Chu, Sheena Allen, and many more with a special remark from Former Mayor Kasim Reed.

“Our mission with Fearless Fund has always been to diversify the Venture Capital space as well as provide resources, tools and access for communities to learn about entrepreneurship,” said Arian Simone, Co-founder and General Partner of Fearless Fund. “With Fearless Venture Capital Week, we are doing just that, not only by providing the opportunity to receive financing, but also through educational and inspirational discussions that we hope will encourage guests to live fearlessly and bring their businesses to life.”

Confirmed sponsors and partners for the events include: Steve Madden, Ally Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Walmart, Mastercard, and UPS.

For more information on Fearless Venture Capital Week, please visit www.fearless.fund/vc-week.

About Fearless Fund

Launched in 2019, Fearless Fund invests in WOC-led businesses seeking pre-seed, seed level or series A financing. Its mission is to bridge the gap in venture capital funding for female founders of color building scalable, growth aggressive companies. Currently, Fearless Fund’s portfolio includes the following companies: EnrichHER, Range Beauty, AMP Beauty, HairBrella, Streamlytics, Capway, Clevr AI, AARMY and Slutty Vegan. The Fearless Fund team also runs The Fearless Foundation, a 501c3 organization with a goal to educate entrepreneurs through training, reduce racial inequities, and empower African-Americans to gain access to capital, as well as the Get Ready Venture Program, a 12-month training program for WOC business owners to acquire the needed training, mentorship, knowledge, and skills needed to gain access to capital.


Alexis Ford