Board of Commissioners - District 4
Angelia (pronounced An-ja-la) has been a Smyrna resident and homeowner for 12 years near the Silver Comet Trail and Historic Covered Bridge. This area of South Cobb is where she discovered a sense of place in the world. Ms. Pressley immediately recognized the value of the fourth district’s assets and its endless potential for growth. She began to engage her community as a business owner and volunteered with South Cobb Business Association, Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb, South Cobb Redevelopment Authority (SCRA), A. W. “Tony” Matthews Boys & Girls Club and Georgia Symphony Orchestra. She led the research and community engagement component of the branding campaign for South Cobb and learned the hearts and minds of residents’ needs and desires, working with the District 4 and Cobb County Board of Commissioners, Cobb County Community Development and SCRA. Additionally, Pressley launched and planned the Taste of South Cobb through her marketing agency on behalf of area non-profits, Sweetwater Mission and South Cobb Arts Alliance and brought attention to the district’s resources and value. She also gave her time to a local organization for workforce development, and serves her firm’s clients in environmental and economic sustainability. In 2017, she created Great Escape Family Empowerment & Harvest as a vehicle to help stabilize underserved families, targeting Title I schools in South Cobb and Smyrna.
Angelia Pressley grew up the eldest of five in a traditional household, where she saw the commitment, respect for others and values of God exhibited by her parents. Both blue collar workers, they trusted Angelia and gave her responsibility to care for her four younger siblings after school and during summer school breaks. They also rewarded her for the duties and hard work of being the big sister. She found solace on visits to her grandmother’s, who lived a stone’s throw from her parents’ home. There, she dreamed of the world beyond her immediate environment.
The younger Pressley graduated high school and left home at age 16 to pursue higher education. At Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL., far different from where she was raised, Angelia adapted quickly to a community outside the comforts and of her nurturing home. After graduating college, she resided and worked in a few large cities, DC, NYC and ATL, and became familiar with the challenges and triumphs of corporate America and living independently. She remembered, though, and held to the ideals of her hometown where there was no separation of teachers, blue or white collar workers, doctors, business owners or homemakers. Instead, everyone understood their roles and respected each other. Pressley regards South Cobb similarly and knows everyone deserves a good quality of life––without distinction. Believing deeply in education, Angelia went on to earn a Master’s of Strategic Public Relations from The Georgia Washington University School of Political Management in 2017 with honors and serves currently as an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA.