Colin Ake was elected to Woodstock City Council in 2017. Since joining City Council, Colin has helped enable citizens re-envision the Ridgewalk Parkway corridor, focused on enacting Woodstock's long-term plans, led the two-year-long Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) negotiations with Cherokee County and other Cherokee cities, and has worked to ensure data is driving decisions across topics on Council. He currently serves the Georgia Municipal Association as a representative of Woodstock as Vice President of District 3 North Region, as well as on GMA's legislative policy council.
Prior to announcing his run for City Council, Colin served as the Mayor's appointee on the Woodstock Planning and Zoning Commission for a year and a half. While on the Planning Commission, he was elected Vice-Chair by his peers. Colin served the Woodstock community as the Chair of the Greenprints Alliance Board of Directors in 2016 and 2017, and as the Vice-Chair in 2015. Colin has provided significant input to the Cherokee Office of Economic Development and Woodstock Office of Economic Development on Fresh Start Cherokee and The Circuit as they work to incorporate startups into their economic development plans.
Colin grew up a mile from Woodstock and moved back to the city in with his wife Nikki to start their family. Colin, Nikki, and children (Owen & Lealynn) are members at Sojourn Community Church in Woodstock. Professionally, Colin has built a career in deep technology startup development and innovation / entrepreneurship community development, both in the private industry and in university settings. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and a MBA from Georgia Tech.