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About Catherine


Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell is the incumbent Councilwoman for City of South Fulton District 1 and has served as the City’s first Mayor Pro Tem. In addition to her elected duties, she also maintains  employment with Fulton County Schools as a School Liaison at A. Philip Randolph Elementary School.

Experience Where It Counts!

  • Inaugural and current Council Member for District 1 (2017-Present)
  • City of South Fulton's Inaugural Mayor Pro Tem (2017)
  • Completed  over 120 credit hours of elected official professional development training and earned three Certificates of Recognition from the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute:  Certificate of Recognition; Certificate of Achievement and Certificate of Excellence
  • Member of the prestigious Robert Knox Municipal Leadership Institute class of 2019.
  • Board Member of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators and the American Society of Public Administrators and member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators
  • Leadership South Fulton and the Georgia Academy of Economic Development participant (2019)
  • Recipient of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Georgia Chapter Distinguished Practitioner Award
  • Earned a Masters of Public Administration and Doctorate of Political Science from Clark Atlanta University

Prior to taking elective office, Catherine served as Executive Director of Operation PEACE for three years and led the organization to development of a multi-year strategic plan; diversification of funding for the organization; and recognition for fiscal transparency with Guidestar’s Gold Standard of Transparency. She was also employed by Families First, after one year of employment, she was promoted to the Senior Government Grants Manager and successfully secured in excess of $4 million in government grants and contracts annually to serve children and families.

Additionally, she served as a Senior Business Analyst with Beacon Analytics, LLC, notable achievements during her tenure include developing the functional specifications in support of an electronic case record and redesigning key business units (i.e., Third Party Liability, Non-Emergency Transportation and Program Integrity) for the Alabama Medicaid Agency. Prior to joining Beacon Analytics, she was employed by Enterprise Community Partners as a Senior Program Director with the Atlanta Renewal Community Coordinating Responsible Authority (ACoRA), in this role she oversaw the procurement of over $40 million in Social Service Block Grant funding on behalf of the City of Atlanta. 

Dr. Foster Rowell has also been employed by a number of public-sector consulting firms. While at the Bronner Group, Catherine was responsible for government relations and providing consulting services to public housing authorities in the Southeastern United States. While employed by MAXIMUS consulting firm, as a Director in the Revenue Services Division, she supervised 15 subject-matter experts that generated $60M in unobligated state funds to serve as Georgia TANF Maintenance of Effort and supported the launch of the District of Columbia Healthy Families Program.

Dr. Foster Rowell is published and served as a Fellow for the Southern Center of Studies in Public Policy at Clark Atlanta University. In addition, she has presented at conferences, served as a federal grant reviewer for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Fulton County Arts Council and the Cobb Community Collaborative. She has been featured in several editions of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, including 2018 and 2019. She has served on numerous volunteer boards which include the National Forum of Black Public Administrators; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter; Community Alliance of Metropolitan Parkway; the Georgia Association of Social Workers; and the Cambridge Commons Homeowners’ Association. Recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award from the Clark Atlanta University Public Administration Student Association (2007).

Catherine holds bachelor degrees in Sociology and Social Work from Cleveland State University and a Masters of Public Administration and Doctorate of Political Science from Clark Atlanta University.


Headline Highlights


South Fulton Councilwoman Elected to National Board

South Metro Neighbor - May 2, 2018 

South Fulton City Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell, Ph.D., is now an at-large member of the Washington, D.C.-based Conference of Minority Public Administrators 2018-19 executive board. 

South Fulton Councilwoman Sharpens Leadership Skills

South Metro Neighbor - July 9, 2018  

South Fulton’s District 1 residents now have a more highly trained elected official representing them. 

Inaugural Healthy South Fulton Day Welcomes Over 1,500

City of South Fulton Observer - July 30, 2018 

Saturday, July 28, marked the inaugural #HealthySouthFulton Family Fun Day and Back to School Giveaway at Sandtown Park. The event, which welcomed over 1,500 attendees, was hosted by Councilwomen Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell and Carmalitha Gumbs in partnership with Touch of Life Family Chiropractic.

South Fulton Bus Tour Highlights Economic Development

South Metro Neighbor - December 26, 2018

South Fulton City Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell, Ph.D., recently hosted an economic development summit and bus tour in her District 1. 

South Fulton Seeks to Address Quality of Life Issues

Home Rule News - January 20, 2019

The South Fulton City Council wants to be proactive when it comes to various quality of life matters within the city limits. Continued calls and complaints about loitering, door to door sales, and panhandling are causing updates in ordinances and new protections.  


Young Women Run Atlanta: Elected Guests - IGNITE National

IGNITE National - February 9, 2019

Councilwoman Catherine Rowell, City of South Fulton - Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell is the Councilwoman for District 1 of the City of South Fulton and served as the first Mayor Pro Tem. 

South Fulton Announces Series of Community Cleanups

City of South Fulton Observer - March 28, 2019

During the citywide cleanup on April 27, Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell will host “Team Up to Clean Up” at 10:00 a.m. kicking off at the Cascade Driving Range (3520 Cascade Road). 

Rowell Receives Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Award

City of South Fulton Observer - May 31, 2019 

District 1 Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell is the recent recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Public Service Practitioner Award. She was presented with the award during the City Council’s regular meeting on May 28 by representatives from the Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).