JoAnne Taylor, Post 5
Residing in Dahlonega with her husband Ken since 2004, Councilmember Taylor is an Alumni
of Leadership Lumpkin Class of 2009. She has previously served the community as a volunteer
with the Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition, Secretary of the Joint Development Authority of
Dawson, Lumpkin and White Counties, Vice Chair of the Development Authority of Lumpkin
County, and as a Corporate Board member with Connect North Georgia. She is Past President of the Community Helping Place, a volunteer mentor in the Lumpkin County School System and currently vice-chair of the North Georgia Interfaith Ministry Jeremiah’s Place. She received Kids First recognition from Family Connection in 2018. All net earnings from her role on City Council are donated to local charities.
During the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) annual meeting on July 2, 2020,
Councilmember Taylor was elected first vice president for GMA District 2, putting her in line to
succeed as president of the district. In this role, Taylor will serve as a liaison between GMA and
municipal officials in GMA’s District 2. Currently, she is president-elect of District 2. She also
serves on GMA’s Legislative Policy Committee. GMA is the only state organization that
represents municipal governments in Georgia. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit
organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and technical
consulting services to its members. GMA currently represents all cities in Georgia.
She will also attend GMA-sponsored events, including the association’s annual convention;
promote engagement in GMA activities and programs with other cities in the district; advocate
for GMA’s legislative priorities; and share with GMA staff any needs and concerns of member
cities in their district. As the District First Vice President, Taylor will also serve on the GMA
Board of Directors.
Councilmember Taylor has served our community in several capacities as her way of “giving
back”. After a 32-year career with IBM, she retired from her position of Vice President in the
Global Telecommunications Industry. She holds a BA in English Literature from Mercy College
and is a Certified Sales Executive. Her extensive career included positions in global executive
and line management, applications development, systems programming, systems engineering and large systems.
Along with her service to our community she also enjoys time with her family, reading, observing birds in their natural habitat, singing choral music, traveling, golf and baking bread. Councilmember Taylor is very appreciative of the opportunity to serve in a community that she