Colin Ake was elected to Woodstock City Council in 2017. Colin grew up a mile from Woodstock and moved back to the city with his wife Nikki to start their family. Colin, Nikki, and children (Owen & Lealynn) are members at Sojourn Community Church in Woodstock, where Nikki is an active member of the finance committee, and Colin plays drums and works on long-term planning projects.
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 as the Chair of the Greenprints Alliance Board of Directors in 2016 and 2017, and as the Vice-Chair in 2015. He was invited to represent Greenprints Alliance on the Woodstock Police Department's Body-Worn-Camera Working Group. 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.
Professionally, Colin is employed by Masten Space Systems, a small aerospace company focused on developing lunar and planetary landers and related enabling technologies. He is part of the executive team leading the way towards a 2022 landing on the lunar south pole with an unmanned vehicle that will carry NASA and commercial payloads. Colin is responsible for a terrestrial lander demonstration business unit that provides access to planetary descent and landing environments for technology development. He also contributes to a myriad of business development and business operations functions, and is responsible for development of new business models to surround technology as Masten works to open the final frontier. He previously worked for Masten from 2009-2013.
Between stints at Masten, Colin was employed by Georgia Tech's VentureLab, where he worked to commercialize university research. Colin helped manage Georgia Tech's I-Corps Node and Sites grants from the National Science Foundation. He taught at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business and was a member of the Georgia Tech Faculty Senate and was elected to the Faculty Executive Board. He previously worked at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and at an early-stage technology startup for two years. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and a MBA from Georgia Tech.