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Committed to Atlanta

Doug Shipman has a history of demonstrated leadership in Atlanta for Atlantans.


Doug has lived a life of service. He has a mind for policy. He has a love for and commitment to this city. Doug Shipman is someone you already know and can trust.

Doug believes that Atlanta is a place that invests in relationships before a crisis happens and a national model for the diversity that America is experiencing.

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Doug Shipman has undertaken roles large and small to make Atlanta a better and more inclusive city.
  • Served for eight years as the Founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He led the effort to design, build, fundraise and launch the Center successfully. He also supported Mayor Shirley Franklin to secure and pay for the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Collection.
  • Served three years as the CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center. He focused on diversifying offerings and patrons and improving fiscal and operational management of the third-largest arts center in the United States.
  • Served appointments to the Cyclorama task force and the Xernona Clayton street renaming commission.
  • He has been deeply involved in his neighborhood efforts to successfully reopen the David T. Howard School, support Hope-Hill Elementary, repair the lighting on Freedom Path, and support efforts to improve Freedom Park.
  • Doug has served as a speaker and consultant to some of Atlanta’s most important companies and was CEO of BrightHouse Consulting. Under his leadership, the firm created jobs and expanded offices and clients nationally and internationally.
  • Doug has also served as a Board member for numerous nonprofits, including Easter Seals of North Georgia, The Carter Center, Midtown Alliance, the Metro Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Council of the Islamic Speakers Bureau, Honorary Board of the Anti-Defamation League (SE Chapter), and Out of Hand Theatre.
  • A Coalition Builder
  • Doug has always brought people together to solve problems. He has found ways to engage communities to bring incredible ideas to reality.
  • Doug’s work has been recognized by many Civic, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Organizations, including the Atlanta Business League, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Atlanta Urban League, the Junior League of Greater Atlanta, the Buckhead Rotary Club, and the Anti-Defamation League

  • Recognized numerous years as one of Atlanta’s Most Influential Leaders by Atlanta Magazine, Georgia Trend Magazine, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle


  • Doug is a magna cum laude graduate from Emory University in Atlanta. He also holds a master’s degree from Harvard University in theological studies and in public policy. Doug was born in Bull Shoals, Arkansas, and is a long-time resident of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood with his wife, Dr. Bijal Shah, an ER physician at Grady Hospital, and their two daughters.

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