Mo Ivory is passionate about progress and being a resource to her community. As a candidate for Atlanta City Council District 1 and a resident of Grant Park since 1987, Mo has always wanted to serve a greater purpose for people. Throughout her career as an attorney, radio and television personality, entrepreneur, professor of law, speaker and community advocate, she has empowered and served others.
Mo enters the race for District 1 to bring fresh approaches to issues that she believes matter to everyone—public safety, affordable housing, education and employment.
A motivated, critical-thinker and problem-solver, Mo has been a citizen’s resource for information and engagement because of her knowledge and skill set in politics, law and media. In addition to hosting major market radio shows including V-103FM and 1380AM WAOK in Atlanta, she has provided political and legal analysis on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, TVOne networks and is a frequent guest on Fox 5 Atlanta’s “Georgia Gang.”
For more than two decades, Mo has been involved in projects and held positions to educate and heighten awareness of healthcare, childhood obesity, sex trafficking, education, unemployment, small business development, and voting rights across Georgia.
Her volunteer work includes United Way of Greater Atlanta, National Urban League (Atlanta Chapter), NAACP, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Cool Girls, Kate’s Club, Living Water for Girls, Hands on Atlanta, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and Hosea Feed the Hungry. She has also proudly served as a board member of the Mary Parker Foundation, Atlanta Dogwood Festival, Marketing Advisory Board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Atlanta License Review Board. Additionally, Mo is also a member of the Georgia Bar Association, Spelman College Alumnae Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
It was former President Barack Obama’s powerful words during his final days in office – “… grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office,” and the 60,000-people strong at the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women in January 2017—that confirmed for Mo that now is her time to pursue her passion for progress and to serve her District 1 neighbors.
Mo has travelled across Georgia to talk about voting rights at the polls and volunteered for numerous campaigns including Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate in 2014 where she was a strategic member of the Nunn Emerging Leaders Council that targeted young people. As a volunteer during the 2008 Presidential Election, Mo raised funds to rent a full-sized coach bus for a week and invited celebrity entertainers to help her transport 12,000 students to early voting locations in Atlanta. “Mo’s Voting Party” bus was a powerful Get Out the Vote effort that was featured in national news coverage. She duplicated those Get Out The Vote efforts for other campaigns including Jim Martin for Senate and Kasim Reed for Mayor.
Prior to becoming an adjunct professor of entertainment and media law at Howard University School of Law, Mo was an attorney at King & Spalding and Scientific-Atlanta and provided contract legal counsel at Turner Broadcasting, SunTrust Bank and Cisco Systems. Her broadcast career includes on-air roles at CBS Radio Atlanta (V103-FM and News/Talk 1380AM) and WHUR 96.3FM in Washington, D.C. She was also president and general counsel at Ivory Properties, a real estate development firm.
Mo earned a degree in Political Science from Spelman College and a law degree from Temple University School of Law.
In 2016, Mo received what she calls “the highest honor of my life.” The new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. features a quote reflecting on her experience at Spelman College in the museum’s sports gallery.
Additionally, Mo has been honored for her service and leadership with awards that include the Drum Major for Justice Benevolence Award-Southern Christian Leadership Conference Women Inc.; Service awards from Saving Our Children and Families Inc. and Greater Atlanta Women’s Business Council Inc.; Power Player Award-Black-Latino Council of America (Atlanta Chapter); Top 100 Black Women of Influence-Atlanta Business League and Media Achiever-Who’s Who in Black Atlanta. Mo has hosted hundreds of community and corporate events on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Georgia Pacific, UNCF, SCLC, United Way and many others. She was the featured speaker for the Atlanta Public Schools 7th Annual Shirley Franklin Lecture Series and presented a keynote lecture at Georgia State Honors College on “The Mingling of Media, Politics and Entertainment” during their Founders Lecture Series in October 2016.
Mo and her husband Robert live in Grant Park and they have six children in their beautifully blended family. While the two oldest have left the nest, there remains one in college, one in high school, one in middle and one in elementary school.