As City Manager, Odie Donald II leads the City of South Fulton’s approximately 500 employees in service of its more than 100,000 residents. Donald is a nationally recognized leader in government administration with an extensive career spanning several administrations, and he serves with the distinction of having been appointed the first City Manager of Georgia’s fifth largest city.
In total, Donald has been responsible for helping more than 300,000 people find employment through government administered programs, resulting in more than $3 billion being directly reinvested in the United States economy over the course of his career.
Most recently, he served as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services (DOES), where he directed more than $230 million in local, federal and specific purpose funds administered by the District of Columbia and the Federal Government for workforce development programs and training, unemployment compensation, universal paid leave administration, and labor standards enforcement inclusive of $80 million in high-priority capital projects.
Prior to joining DOES, Donald served as Executive Director of the DC Workforce Investment Council (WIC) where he developed and implemented the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 2016-2020 Unified State Plan, secured a $1M investment in performance-based work initiatives, and partnered with the White House and LinkedIn to place youth with over 100 DC small businesses.
Under his leadership, the District served more than 100,000 District residents, employing more than 50,000 residents, reinvested more than $1B into the region’s economy, removed the District’s long-standing designation as the worst workforce system in the country, exemplified by the removal of the region’s ‘high risk’ designation for federally funded job training programs and at-risk designation for unemployment insurance programs in place by the US Department of Labor since 2012. During his tenure, the District’s unemployment rate decreased by 1.1 percentage points (a 14.7% decrease) while the number of trained residents increased by 58%.
As WIOA Services Director for the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Workforce Division, Donald managed more than $90M in federal funds and under his leadership, Georgia was twice recognized as the nation’s number one destination for business, with the nation’s most skilled workforce. As one of the nation’s top workforce professionals, he holds the distinction of being the only person to transition two state systems through implementation of WIOA, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2014.
A native Georgian, Donald is an active civic leader both in his home state and nationally. His volunteer work and community affiliations include serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee for the National Association of State Administrators (NASWA), a member of the Workforce Development Council’s Board of Trustees for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a member of the DC 100 Resilient Cities Executive Cabinet, the DC Career Academy Network (DC CAN), the CTAE Advisory Board for Atlanta Public Schools, and he was a founding member of the Savannah Graduates Executive Council.
A 2014 member of the Georgia Forward’s Young Game Changers, Donald was recognized as 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend magazine, Georgia State University Alumni Association, and Young Government Leaders’ in 2015, 2017 and 2018 respectively, joining a host of innovators in business, government, politics, and education. Odie Donald is a graduate of Georgia State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2003 and an MBA in 2012.