Meet Helen Z. Willis
Dedicated to the Community and its Progress!
Councilwoman Helen Zenobia Willis was elected into office May 1, 2017, to represent District 3 in the City of South Fulton (Welcome All and Cliftondale) her platform was to reduce the pipeline to prison by enhancing parks and recreation, financial transparency, and improving public safety. The City of South Fulton is the 3rd largest city in metro Atlanta and 5th largest city in Georgia. Before being elected, she was very active in her community-fighting slider crime issues, participating in civic volunteer organizations, and advocating for cityhood by working with various community organizations and serving as the community lobbyist lead. Her passionate advocacy helped ward off annexation attempts of schools in South Fulton and residential communities. Helen previously served as a parent liaison and financial board member for Hapeville Charter Career Academy for four years and believes that a good education ensures a skilled work base and leads to a financially viable community.
Also, she has worked on several state and local campaigns striving to get the best Democratic candidates elected. Councilwoman Willis is respectful of different political ideologies; however, she is a proud Democrat that serves as a state committee member and Fulton Post Seat Holder. Councilwoman Helen Zenobia Willis serves as the District Representative for the Georgia Municipal Black Caucus. Recently, she was nominated to serve on the National League of Cities(NLC) 2019 Public Safety and Crime Prevention(PSCP) federal advocacy committee, where she was elected to serve as the Committee’s Vice Chair.
In 2018, Councilwoman Willis joined the fight against Human Sex Trafficking, Human sex trafficking, a crime considered to be a form of modern-day slavery, has become one of the leading crimes in the Metropolitan Atlanta Area and the State of Georgia. Councilwoman Helen Willis sponsored an ordinance which, requires businesses to “Hang the Sign,” which includes information about Human Trafficking. Councilwoman Willis now speaks at various conferences and provides education and resources on the trafficking issue and early intervention.
Councilwoman Willis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Savannah State University and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Helen professionally began a career in government working for the Georgia Department of Labor and advanced in various roles. She advanced to work eight years for a fortune 500 company, and later for the second largest private company in the United States.
She is married to Lt. Vincent Willis Sr. and they have a blended family of 4 children and sixgrandchildren. Her motto is “I’m committed to the community and dedicated to progress,”and she is proud to be a part of the inaugural elected body for the new City of SouthFulton.