Carla Smith is serving her fourth term as an Atlanta City Council member. She lives in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. She and her husband Scott are the proud parents of one son Carl.
As the District One Council Member, Carla has worked tirelessly for her district. She takes great pride in representing the people who live in the southeast Atlanta neighborhoods. As a legislator, Councilmember Smith advocates for good development, safe and green neighborhoods.
Over the years before running for Council, Carla had organized a neighborhood watch, helped community groups pull themselves together, and gathered teams to clean up our parks. She learned that, progress doesn’t just happen. She has been known to say,
“Progress takes constant patience and care and attention.
It takes work. My vision of good government
is ongoing and hands on.”
Smith believes in a “Green Atlanta.” In 2003 working with the City’s Environmental Affairs department Carla established Atlanta’s first Electronic Waste Recycling Day. This event was the catalyst for many similar events as well as retailers creating in-house recycling centers for proper disposal of hand held electronic devices. This event quickly became Atlanta’s largest recycling event. In 2010 the event expanded and became EcoDepot, which includes electronics and other hard to recycle materials such as tires and household hazardous waste.
In 2014 Councilmembers Smith and Wan co-authored legislation to enter into a partnership with LiveThrive Atlanta to establish CHaRM, Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. Atlanta first full service recycling center located in District 1. This facility makes it possible for all Atlanta residents to properly dispose of hard to recycle materials year round.
Recently Councilmember Smith worked with the office of Sustainability to bring to District 1 Atlanta’s first and the largest in the United States, Urban Food Forest. The Browns Mill Urban Food Forest will not only provide a food source but help foster a connection to cultural and social history through planting and harvest for years to come.
Councilmember Smith has served on six of the seven standing committees of the Atlanta City Council. She has chaired Committee on Council, Zoning and City Utilities. Currently she is the Chair of Zoning.
As a legislator, Carla has authored and co-authored some of the city’s most notable legislation including; the Atlanta BeltLine, Public Memorials and most recently the Housing Opportunity Bond, and two weeks ago sponsored the Projection and Wrapped Signs for the Entertainment and Downtown Districts. Councilmember Smith currently serves as a member of the Fulton County Board of Health, Villages of Carver YMCA Board of Directors, Grant Park Conservancy Advisory Board of Directors and Aglanta CEA Taskforce.