Bernard Reynolds is the founding partner of True North Strategies. Reynolds brings nineteen years of policy, research, legislative and regulatory experience in both the public and private sectors to his clients. Reynolds has built a reputation for hard work and creative solutions to tough problems. His experience in management and strategic advice comes from many years in leading roles with state and national business and government organizations.
Reynolds’ extensive background includes: Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (GEMC), leading the state and federal governmental affairs efforts for the 42 EMC member organizations and their 4 plus million members. Prior to joining GEMC, Bernard seved as an Assistant Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Programs under his direction included the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Office of Community Services and the Governor’s Rural Development Council. He also served as the agency liaison to the Georgia General Assembly while at DCA. Reynolds started his career with the Georgia Power Company in their governmental affairs area. He then focused on federal legislative affairs for the Southern Company where he managed the Political Action Committees for all of the Southern system companies.
Reynolds’ specialties include representing clients before the Georgia General Assembly, the Georgia Public Service Commission, and state agencies such as the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Reynolds has an extensive background in public affairs including grassroots and coalition development. He managed Georgia Power’s grassroots network made up of employees, retirees, and local opinion leaders to advance the company’s legislative agenda. This grassroots network allowed the company to effectively communicate with these stakeholders regarding issues that would adversely impact the company’s ability to conduct its business. He managed a similar network while at the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation with over 4 million members of the 42 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations to achieve legislative goals. Reynolds’ grassroots experience was seen when in three consecutive years over 550 parents and students from the Georgia Families for Public Virtual Education descended upon the Georgia Capitol to let their voices be heard about continuing support for public virtual education.
In addition to Reynolds’ legislative accomplishments, he has served several appointments to commissions, task forces and committees. They include the Georgia State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless, the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia, Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association and the Green Building Task Force.
Reynolds holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Business Administration from Brenau University. He and his his wife and business partner, Ellen W. Reynolds have resided in Atlanta for 20 years. His most treasured position in life is being Ellen's husband and the proud father of their teenage old son, Carter.
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