The GLBC is led by Executive Director Justin Tanner who manages the daily operations of the largest black caucus in the nation.

He is also tasked with ensuring that the organization fulfills its overall mission to protect the general welfare of African-Americans, people of color and disadvantaged citizens throughout the state of Georgia.

Prior to joining GLBC, Mr. Tanner served as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration, and most recently worked as a member of the Minority Business Development Agency’s senior management team, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  As Associate Director for Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs, he was responsible for managing several key areas including: communications/public affairs, external relations, research, education and stakeholder outreach.

Mr. Tanner has also served as a  Senior Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration and worked to assist thousands of small, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses as they competed annually for over $350 billion in federal prime contract and subcontract awards.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Mr. Tanner served as an external affairs/policy aide for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, where he helped manage the City of Atlanta’s relationships at the state, local and federal levels of government.  In the first two years of the mayor’s initial term, he worked in the Mayor’s Office of Communications. Before joining City Hall, he served as Director of New Media on Mayor Reed’s 2009 citywide campaign and 2010 Inaugural Planning Committee.

A Georgia native, Mr. Tanner received a bachelor of business administration degree from Howard University and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

He can be reached at justin@galbc.org or by telephone at (404)-651-5569.