Odie Donald ll - Administrator
As Administrator, Odie oversees the day-to-day operations for the consolidated government of Augusta–Richmond County, Georgia’s second largest city with a population of more than 200,000, leading more than 3,000 budgeted employees, a more than $15 billion tax digest, while administering an $800 million operating and capital improvements budget.
Prior to joining Augusta, Donald served as the first permanent City Manager for Georgia’s fifth largest city, the City of South Fulton. Under Donald’s leadership, South Fulton eliminated a $25 million deficit, doubled revenues, established the first positive fund balance in the City’s history, streamlined service delivery, and set the strategic path for the City through robust land use, transportation, and quality of life plans.
Donald also served as the State Labor Administrator for the District of Columbia where he delivered a long list of accomplishments which included: transforming the public workforce system into a national model, expanding the nation’s largest summer youth program, leading an array of public-private partnerships – including the opening the DC Infrastructure Academy, doubling spending with small business enterprises (SBEs), and awarding millions through micro-loans and grants to small businesses. Donald's tenure is nationally recognized for inspiring measurable change in one of the nation’s most critical communities.
Donald is also an active civic leader serving as President of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators- Metro Atlanta Chapter, and Treasurer for Young Government Leaders – Atlanta Chapter. Donald is a proud graduate of Georgia State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2003 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2012. Donald has been recognized as one of the southeast United States' most prominent young professionals, being named 40 Under 40 by Georgia Trend magazine in 2015, as well as a YoungGov 40 honoree by 2018 Young Government Leaders and the inaugural 40 under 40 class of honorees for Georgia State University in 2018, joining a host of innovators in business, government, politics, and education. Donald also received the John F. Wall award from the National Association of State Workforce Agencies in 2018 and has been recognized as a regional influencer by Who’s Who in Black Atlanta in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020.