Justin G. Tanner currently serves as a political appointee in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he works to assist thousands of small businesses throughout the country with various government contracting and business development initiatives.
Prior to accepting his appointment, Mr. Tanner worked in external affairs for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, where he helped cultivate and maintain the City of Atlanta’s relationships at the state, local and federal levels of government. In the first two years of the mayor’s initial term, Mr. Tanner worked as a communications aide in the Mayor’s Office of Communications; and before joining City Hall, he served as Director of New Media on Mayor Reed’s 2009 citywide campaign and 2010 Inaugural Planning Committee. He has also gained experience in the private sector working with corporate law firms, Fortune 100 companies and small/medium-sized businesses.
Mr. Tanner is passionate about public service, mentoring young people and supporting the community. He is the recipient of the National Bar Association (NBA)’s Maynard Jackson Legacy Award, the NBA’s Trailblazer Under 40 Award and the Morehouse Alumni Association’s Dr. Joseph Draper Service Award. In addition, he has been profiled in the Atlanta Business Chronicle (40 Under 40), Atlanta Tastemaker Magazine (Top 20 Influencers of 2013), Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine (2013 Young Executive Issue), emPower magazine (2014 List of Rising Political Leaders) and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta (14th & 15th Editions). He a graduate of Leadership Buckhead, LEAD Atlanta, Outstanding Atlanta, New Leaders Council (NLC) Atlanta and the Truman National Security Project. He also serves as an ambassador on NLC’s National Strategic Advisory Council.
Mr. Tanner received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN and his B.B.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC. While matriculating at Howard, he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.– Alpha Chapter.