Elizabeth Espy is the Director of the Public Affairs/Open Records Unit where she oversees the develop and dissemination of all internal and external communications, strategic initiatives, social media channels, web page development, video production, written speeches and publications. She joined the Atlanta Police Department in August 2010 and was promoted to Deputy Manager in December 2012 before becoming the Director in July 2015.
Prior to joining APD, Ms. Espy founded Events by Elizabeth, a boutique event planning firm. Her clients have included Teach for America, Morehouse College, Paradigm Asset Management, Ambassador Andrew Young and GoodWorks International and many other corporations. For ten years, Ms. Espy worked as a Senior Executive Producer at Kestrel Communications, a television production agency in Atlanta where she earned rave reviews and applause for her work. At Kestrel, she was responsible for the creative development of television programs and corporate videos in all stages of pre-production, production, and post-production. Some of her award-winning productions included the NFL Players Rookie Premiere, The Story of East Lake, for which she won two EMMY Awards, Celebrating the First Tee, and an informational DVD on Cancer used for corporate fundraising for the Emory Hospital Winship Cancer Center. Ms. Espy also received the Pioneer Black Journalists Award for two years in Individual Talent-Writer, Segment, and Series Producer Category.
Elizabeth Espy graduated from Spelman College with a BA in English and received her Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. She is the National Secretary for the Girl Friends, Inc., and holds membership in the Buckhead-Cascade Chapter of the Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She has served on the board of The Center for Children & Young Adults and as the National Secretary for the Jack and Jill of American Foundation. Her volunteer work includes Obama for America, M. Agnes Jones Elementary School mentor, Coretta Scott King Youth Academy Mentor, and Tutoring at Parkside Elementary School. Ms. Espy is a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ and in her spare time she enjoys reading a good mystery and trying new recipes.