JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Gov. Brian Kemp announced 15 board appointments May 21, including Johns Creek Councilman Steve Broadbent to the Board of Community Affairs.
The Department of Community Affairs is a state agency with more than 400 employees that oversees economic development programs, promotes volunteerism, helps communities meet affordable housing needs and assists local governments with research and planning. The board meets quarterly in Atlanta.
“The Department of Community Affairs fills an important function of providing services to Georgia cities in a variety of functions,” Broadbent said. “They’re kind of a gatekeeper for various grants that flow through the state from the federal government.”
“There are a lot of needs in more rural Georgia cities than we recognize here in the urban areas, so it’s a great chance to extend service beyond Johns Creek and help cities throughout Georgia,” he continued.
Broadbent was elected to City Council in 2014. He is a managing director at Fulcrum Partners and serves as vice chairman of the Development Authority of Fulton County.
Broadbent previously served as a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of the Treasury under President George H.W. Bush and is a retired U.S. Navy commander, having served for 22 years in active and reserve roles.
“I have got a lot to learn about the department,” Broadbent said. “I’m anxious to learn it and start making a contribution … I’m honored the governor has entrusted me to be one of his new board members, and I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Broadbent was sworn-in May 23.