Reese McCranie (Atlanta, GA) July 2020-Present

Reese McCranie was appointed Senior Advisor for the Office of Public Affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in November 2021.

Prior to his appointment, McCranie worked for the City of Atlanta for 12 years, most recently as Deputy Chief Equity Officer for Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, helping to establish the city’s first-ever Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, McCranie focused on health disparities, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ affairs, economic empowerment and inclusion and workforce development.

Previously, he was Director of Policy and Communications at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. At the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, McCranie led a team of public affairs and communications professionals, and was responsible for all media relations, external and internal communications, social media engagement and crisis communications, on wide-ranging issues including aviation security, human trafficking prevention, and Ebola and Zika mitigation strategies with local, state and federal partners. 

Prior to joining the airport, McCranie was Deputy Director of Communications for the City of Atlanta. 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 complex issues and initiatives such as the City’s annual $500+ million general fund budget; citywide pension reform, saving $270 million over a 10-year period; and the $27 million sale of the former City Hall East building to Ponce City Market.

McCranie was appointed to Vice President Joe Biden’s OUT Leadership Council for Georgia and served as Deputy State Director for the Biden-Harris campaign in Georgia. He was a candidate for Fulton County Commission during the special election of 2017. He is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Atlanta, a 2017 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute, and in 2012, he was elected as a Democratic National Convention delegate representing Georgia’s 5th congressional district. He is also a member of the Georgia Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and a former board member of the Fulton County HIV/AIDS Advisory Council and the Georgia Foreign-Trade Zone.

McCranie is a former board member of Red Clay Democrats, a statewide organization tasked with promoting Democratic policies and electing progressives. He served as communications chair for the Atlanta steering committee of the Human Rights Campaign for many years. GLAAD honored McCranie with its Champion Award for furthering LGBTQ equality in Atlanta and he was also recognized as one of Atlanta’s 40 Under 40 from the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

McCranie 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. 

He lives in Midtown Atlanta with his husband Nick and their only child – a cat named Poppy.