Episode 3.27: Two Mayors and Two Attorneys – A Discussion About Local Government – During Covid-19 and Beyond


With all the focus on national government these days, it’s easy to forget the importance of local government, especially as it is the first line of defense against COVID-19 in our communities. College Park Mayor Bianca Motley Broom sits down with East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingram, Attorney Robbie Ashe, and Attorney Rusi Patel to discuss the importance of local government, especially during the pandemic.


Mayor of East Point for over two years, Deana Holiday Ingraham has a history in the legal field, working as a Division Chief for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families in Florida before coming to Georgia in 2010 and working as the Director of Student Discipline for Fulton County. Her desire for change led her first to run for and win a seat on the city council, and then to be elected mayor in 2017.


Robbie Ashe is an attorney with Bondurant Mixon & Elman LLP, an Atlanta native, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). He worked for Atlanta’s first female mayor before attending law school at Georgia State University.


Rusi Patel has been working in local government since graduating from the University of Georgia’s school of law, moving from Athens to Brunswick to serve as assistant city attorney, then as city solicitor before moving back to the metro-Atlanta area and becoming General Counci at the Georgia Municipal Association. His experience in both urban and south-Georgia settings give him a state-wide perspective that has greatly impacted his work for the better.


Mayor Motley Broom’s guests discuss the importance of a statewide perspective in local government, as well as how COVID has challenged local government to shift and refocus on what’s really important.


This episode covers:

  • Holiday Ingraham, Ashe, and Patel’s journeys in local government
  • The importance of having a broad perspective to better serve the community
  • Important qualities of leadership
  • The challenged COVID has created and how to deal with them, both in the broad and the practical senses
  • How ADR effected the response to COVID in local government


“Two Mayors and Two Attorneys – A Discussion About Local Government – During Covid-19 and Beyond” is available on Apple Podcasts Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Soundcloud. This podcast is the latest in a series of episodes that features thought leaders in the Southeast’s legal community and beyond. Learn more about of The Future of Resolution Podcast.