Liliana Bakhtiari

Atlanta City Council, District 5

Spotlight Candidate

Liliana will be the first out queer Muslim elected in Georgia history!


A lifelong Atlantan born to immigrant parents, Liliana Bakhtiari knows firsthand about discrimination. They turned their experiences into a proven track record as a notable community leader, social justice advocate, and activist working on a variety of initiatives. They spent much of their youth traveling the globe, practicing social advocacy, participating in a wide variety of cultural projects, including aiding refugees in building new homes, working with sex trafficking victims, and volunteering at orphanages in a total of 26 countries around the world. At home in Atlanta, Liliana has tackled initiatives locally including engaging suburban and rural voters during especially critical elections, direct services with unsheltered populations (during COVID-19), blood drives, senior partnerships, public art initiatives, and more. Liliana currently serves as a curator of the Atlanta-based art organization Black Futures Matter, while also serving on the boards of PEDS, Georgia Equality, and gloATL.

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