At the end of last month, Joe Biden’s administration appointed Reese McCranie, responsible for the city of Atlanta, as senior adviser for the public affairs office of US Customs & Border Protection.

“It is a tremendous honor to work alongside more than 60,000 dedicated people serving United States customs and border protection,” McCranie told Project Q.

Prior to his appointment, McCranie worked for the city of Atlanta for 12 years. Most recently, he was Deputy Director of Actions for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. He helped establish the city’s very first Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office.

In this role, McCranie focused on health disparities, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ affairs, economic empowerment and inclusion, and workforce development. These questions and principles fit perfectly into his new role, he said.

“As a member of the LGBTQ + community, I am particularly proud that the agency, its leadership and the administration at large reflect the great diversity of our country,” said McCranie.

“Representation matters,” he added.

McCranie previously served as Director of Policy and Communications at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from 2013 to 2018. There he focused on security, human trafficking prevention and Ebola and Zika mitigation with local, state and federal partners.

In politics and public service, McCranie has also advised Kasim Reed’s administration. He was also media director for the former mayor’s 2009 campaign. He was one of Rafael Warnock’s 2020 LGBTQ campaign advisers for the United States Senate and was deputy state director for Biden’s presidential race in 2020.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Gay & Lesban Alliance Against Defamation and was crowned one of the Atlanta media watchdog champions in 2013. He is also a former member of the board of directors of the Georgia Foreign Trade Zone and the Fulton County HIV / AIDS Advisory Council, and a Georgia Advisory Board member for the US Global Leadership Coalition.

McCranie and her 17-year-old husband Nicholas live in Midtown Atlanta. He remains his home base as McCranie travels to Washington, DC, for his new role.