Reese McCranie is the Director of Policy and Communications for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. At the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, Reese leads a team of communications professionals, and is responsible for all media relations, external and internal communications, social media engagement and crisis communications. Additionally, he advises senior leadership on the $6 billion capital improvement plan, aviation security, lease agreements, passenger and air cargo growth, and business development.
Previously, Reese was Deputy Director of Communications for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. In this role, he served as spokesperson for the Mayor and the City of Atlanta, formulated communications strategies for the Office of Mayor and City of Atlanta operational departments. As a member of the senior staff, he also advised on a variety of policy issues such as reducing homelessness among our veterans, LGBTQ sensitivity training for APD officers, the City’s annual $500+ million general fund budget; citywide pension reform – saving $270 million over a 10-year period; the sale of the former City Hall East to Ponce City Market; the transformation of Lakewood Fairgrounds to a 30-acre film studio lot; and The White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum.
In 2008, Reese worked for President Barack Obama’s historic election campaign in Georgia. And in 2012, he was elected as a Democratic National Convention delegate representing Georgia’s 5th congressional district for President Obama's re-election. In 2011, he was accepted into the Truman National Security Project as a Truman Political Partner and is a member of the Georgia Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Reese also was on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Atlanta Steering Committee for many years. He is a board member of the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone, Treasurer for the Democratic Party of Georgia’s LGBT Caucus, and is a former board member of Red Clay Democrats, a statewide organization tasked with promoting Democratic policies and electing progressives.
New Leaders Council (NLC) recognized him as an Agent of Change, and GLAAD presented Reese with its Champion Award for furthering LGBTQ equality in Atlanta. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Atlanta, was recognized as one of Atlanta’s 40 Under 40 from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and was recently accepted for this year’s Regional Leadership Institute class.
Reese believes in a strong public education system. He graduated from Florida State University with a dual degree in Political Science and International Affairs. In 2013, he earned his Global Executive MBA from Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business.
For the last 10 years, he has lived in Midtown Atlanta with his husband Nick.