“I’ve never regretted walking through an open door.”
– Bianca Motley Broom
– Bianca Motley Broom
I believe in the potential of College Park.
It’s why I chose this community. When I saw my future home for the first time, I imagined what it was going to be, and not just what it was. I feel the same way about our city.
I moved to College Park in 2008, relocating, like many people, for the airport. I traveled across the country for several years for my job as an attorney. I was drawn to College Park because of its people. I remember how touched I was to receive a welcome basket from the Historic College Park Neighborhood Association, and how proud I was to be asked to serve on its board several years later.
When friends asked me to join the governing board of The Main Street Academy, I had no idea I would ultimately serve as the board president, but I accepted the challenge of guiding the organization because I know how important it is for our children to have access to a quality education. My experience at TMSA nurtured a commitment to serve that started at an early age.
I grew up with parents who instilled in me the importance of being engaged in my community. My mother is a lifelong educator. She started as a preschool teacher, and worked to earn her Ph.D. when I was a sophomore in high school. She went on to teach community college students until her retirement a few years ago. I remember as a little girl seeing my father invest in our neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio by launching his own run for city council and working for the county housing authority as a maintenance supervisor.
For me, working as an attorney and judge was another way to pour into others. After attending Duke University for my undergraduate studies, I earned a law degree from Washington University of Law. Last year, I received an MBA with honors from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. I started my career in Cleveland as an assistant county prosecutor, advocating for the community and victims of crime. In 2017, I was appointed to serve as a part-time judge in the Magistrate Court of Fulton County. It was yet another opportunity to serve, and I relished it. I saw the challenges our community faced, including crime, housing affordability and lack of employment opportunities. Confronting these issues from the bench gave me a unique perspective and charged me to find solutions that addressed their root causes.
Now, I serve people in a different way – I am a mediator for an award-winning firm in Atlanta. I lead people to find solutions to their disputes instead of battling in a courtroom. Mediation takes a mindset of cooperation, collaboration and a real ability to listen, which is exactly what I want to bring to College Park.
Achieving our potential won’t be easy, but I don’t run from a challenge – especially when it comes to the city I love. College Park is ready for a community-centered visionary dedicated to building an economically strong, culturally rich, and safe city where everyone thrives. Together, we can reach new heights and build the community we deserve.