MEET Rafer

The Advocate Commissioner

Rafer Johnson is a visionary and widely respected leader who continuously works to make a difference. He has been a homeowner & resident in District 6 for over 19 year and lives to inspire others for only one result - ensuring we all THRIVE TOGETHER!


He has a fierce passion for our community and for us all to thrive using our talents, skills, and passion. This is what Fulton District 6 deserves and why Rafer seeks to consistently bring progress.  


District 6, however, has too often been left out or behind. Sometimes, we are not even invited to the table. That changes with Rafer Johnson as The Advocate Commissioner. Rafer will use not only the authority of the Commission to ensure District 6 is at the table, but also using the office of Commissioner to help lead across platforms, agencies, across the aisle and leveraging Fulton’s global sister cities relationships to deliver results for D6!


As he enters his 53rd year, Rafer brings to the table;

  • A successful business track record in the healthcare, transportation, safety, and hospitality industries for 30+ years.  

  • A super bridge-builder & networker who has connected alliances for real progress and will do the same for District 6 & Fulton County as a whole.


A summary of Rafer Johnson’s advocacy impact through career and community experience is noted below: 


Corporate Success. 

  • Over time he has managed multi-million budgets and assets of over $1.5 billion in revenues. These are essential expertise & knowledge that citizens of the District can count. 

  • Was elected peer leader for 22,000 co-workers. 

  • His policy, procedure, and process work has improved services for people and customers lasting 10+ years supporting millions in increased revenue (he knows how to look for and bring in the money!).

Community Leadership and Policy Champion


  • Leadership Atlanta Graduate (Class of 2009)

  • Chair of Fulton County’s Housing Authority during Hurricane Katrina where he fought for the development of the master plan of these displaced families while keeping the balance and fairness in housing needs for the on-going needs of Fulton County citizens.

  • Member, Atlanta Beltline TADAC representing Fulton County

  • Chairman, Social Action Committee Cliftondale United Methodist Church.

  • Member, Cascade united Methodist Church

  • Chair, South Fulton NOW and one of the leaders of the movement to create the new city ensuring the residents got equal representation. 

  • President, Parkside HOA.

  • Chair, Camp Creek Middle School Governance Board.

  • VP,  Atlanta Pride Committee. 

  • President, Delta Black Employee Network (BOLD) & Founding member of several Business Resource Groups. 

  • Founder, Delta’s global mentoring program, RISE (Realizing Individual Standards of Excellence)


Man of Distinction. 

  • Guest Contributor on Atlanta’s PBS In-Contact 

  • Panelist, U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young’s Annual Morehouse College Conference.

  • Honoree, Atlanta Tribune, Men of Distinction (2015)

  • Featured in Black Enterprises’s Money Section. 


© 2019 by  Rafer Johnson. Contact Rafer @ or (678) 515-4887