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Nina R. Hickson

Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff, Nina provides guidance and oversight to the Human Resources Office and General Manager’s Office of Performance and Accountability. She is a liaison between the general manager and Senior Leadership Team, key stakeholders and community representatives.  

Nina most recently served as the City Attorney for the City of Atlanta, where she was the chief legal officer for almost 500,000 residents. Immediately prior, she was Vice President and General Counsel for The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. She has also served as the Ethics Officer for the City of Atlanta; Interim City Manager for East Point, Georgia; inaugural Chief Assistant Public Defender for the Atlantic Judicial Circuit and Director of the Juvenile Division; and Chief Presiding Judge to the Fulton County Juvenile Court.  

Her extensive community involvement includes as a member and founder of the Juvenile Justice Fund, the Advisory Board of the Sister-to-Sister Program, which she initiated with the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, First Lady of Georgia's GRACE Commission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. ‌

Nina earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in Journalism from Howard University, and her Doctor of Law degree from Emory University. She is the proud mother of daughter Wesley Victoria, a magna cum laude graduate of Claflin University. Nina enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, attending musical performances and engaging in community service activities through her civic involvements.