- Senior Training Consultant – New Hotel Openings, IHG Hotels and Resorts (10 years)
- Current EMBA Student, Howard University
- BA Political Science, University of Louisville
- Senior Training Consultant
- Founder U of L College Democrats
- U of L Debate Team
- Founding Member, University of Louisville Student Mentoring Initiative
- Recognized as an outstanding Alum Feb 2021
- Attended Hampton University
- Established NPU-T Votes Initiative
- Collaborated with Emory Healthcare and MARTA to set up community Covid Vaccine Sites
- AJC: Westview Votes Article: https://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-news/buckhead-turned-bluer-as-rising-registrations-brought-more-intown-voters-to-the-polls/UPWIZWT3H5BRPF5SJPOMI4IERA/
- AJC: David Mack Murder: https://www.ajc.com/news/somebody-knows-something-atlanta-police-canvass-neighborhood-where-12-year-old-was-killed/6YO4HDMEXZFL7PFI2JO7BZNRYQ/
- AJC 2020 Election: https://www.ajc.com/politics/in-metro-atlanta-joy-anger-fear-and-hope/WNXVLQJ2WFCKPJ6J6EDAZKCPCM/
- AJC: Hurricane Sally: https://www.ajc.com/news/hurricane-sallys-remnants-blamed-for-3-metro-atlanta-deaths/SXLK2GZNTFG75HKI36CDN6R2VM/
- AJC: Abrams/Evans Race 2018: https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/abrams-evans-make-final-pitches-undecided-voters/RzSkRAVpPDl0ON49yB8W5O/
- AJC: GA Governor Primary 2018: https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/candidates-make-last-pitches-final-day-before-georgia-primary/yfxvkgmf67GrexLHBxQEBP/
- AJC: Atlanta Beltline concerns: https://www.ajc.com/blog/talk-town/can-the-atlanta-beltline-improve-its-image/fRU5tdzugQVSyIieC7gOfI/
- Go fund me: Crawford family, over 10k in 5 days https://www.gofundme.com/f/33ba7-crawford-family-relief-fund
- University of Louisville Outstanding Alum: http://www.uoflalumni.org/s/1157/19/alumni/interior.aspx?sid=1157&gid=1&pgid=6756&cid=11911&ecid=11911&crid=0&calpgid=61&calcid=10379
- Atlanta Beltline: Community History Project: https://beltline.org/2021/04/29/once-divided-reunited-exhibition-now-on-display-in-the-westview-neighborhood/
- Atlanta Voice: Supporting diversity among firefighters: https://www.theatlantavoice.com/articles/women-on-fire-black-women-make-history-as-trailblazers-of-metro-area-fire-departments/
- Atlanta Magazine: Rise of Westview Food Scene: https://www.atlantamagazine.com/dining-news/the-rise-of-southwest-atlantas-food-scene/
- Ujamaa fest: Decolonizing access to capital: https://www.ujamaafest.com/schedule-of-events
- XL Tribe: The intersection of Black and Gay: https://xltribe.com/2020/06/22/jason-hudgins-is-meeting-us-at-the-corner-of-black-gay/
- Saporta Report: Atlanta City Council District 10 race gets competitive: https://saportareport.com/reporters-notebook-atl-311-offers-new-approach-to-community-safety/sections/reports/hannah/
- A+ Political Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo0u02Nd2rs
- PrideIndex: Jason Hudgins discusses his ideas for District 10, affordable housing, and more: https://prideindex.com/jason-hudgins-discusses-his-ideas-for-district-10-affordable-housing-and-more/
- Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: https://www.atlantabike.org/citycouncil-questionnaire#D10
- The Reckoning Mag: Atlanta City Council Candidate Jason Hudgins Is Ready To Serve: https://www.thereckoningmag.com/the-reckoning-blog/atlanta-city-council-candidate-jason-hudgins-is-ready-to-serve
- Project Q: LGBTQ corporate trainer takes on incumbent for city council: https://www.projectq.us/lgbtq-corporate-trainer-takes-on-incumbent-for-city-council/
- Voice of the people candidate discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufa7ZIyIrMw
- Neighbors for more neighbors forum: https://fb.watch/7K1_Tr8fcF/
Video Training: Open for Good: https://youtu.be/0nxjCnKaMW8
- Established “This Old House” Initiative to repair the homes of seniors
- Established Westview Pride
- Established Westview University Education Initiative
- Partnered with National Endowment for the Humanities, Georgia State, Atlanta History Center and Atlanta Beltline to create “Once Divided, United” History Project
- Piloted Trees Atlanta Bioswale Initiative with Trees Atlanta
- Paid off the Community Garden and established full community ownership
- went from $2k in the bank account to over $60K
- Rebranded the community
- Re-established our youth and senior committees
- Partnered to bring Atlanta Streets Alive to Westview
- Worked with developers through the zoning process to increase affordable housing units in the neighborhood
- Established a new dedicated safer community Beltline entrance
- Completed the design of Enota Park (Now to get it built)
- Created Youth Employment programs
- Established a youth job fair
- Established Westview University a community conversation series to tackle tough issues
- Founded Created the Westview Votes Initiative
- Partnered with Atlanta Technical College, Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Morehouse School of Medicine Emory, GA Tech and GA State on community initiatives
- Gave away 55,000 lbs of food during the Covid lockdown
- Named the Trees Atlanta 2021 Community Champion
- Created Westview Pride
- Established Westview Gives to support those in need
- Established quarterly support for our public safety workers, providing meals to AFD and APD
- Sponsored the only Superbowl 53 event to highlight local, black owned businesses
- Piloted the Atlanta Main Street Project
- Recognized by AMEX as a small business champion
- Named the Calvary UMC Man of the year, the 1st man ever named who was not a member.
- Honored by the City Council for our work
- Worked to rebrand from Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority to Metro Atlanta Land Bank Approved 5-year strategic plan Approved permanent affordability pricing policy
- Trustee, Historic Calvary United Methodist Church
A dynamic community leader,
Jason Hudgins offers a unique perspective on the issues that challenge Atlanta in the 21st century.
Jason is the oldest of four children born to Kalvin and Cynthia Hudgins. He was raised in a military family and has lived on military installations around the world. The experience exposed him to a myriad of cultures and traditions. He learned at an early age to speak the language of the human experience understanding that even in our differences there were opportunities to learn from and connect with each other.
Jason’s passion for the human experience moved him to pursue a career in training and development. Over his career he developed training programs for the YMCA, Starbucks and IHG Hotels and Resorts. For the past 10 years he has led various parts of the IHG Hotels and Resorts training organization. He is currently the Manager of Brands, Leadership and New Hotel Training for the 16 IHG brands. His programs are credited with touching lives across all demographics.
Seeking to link his professional experience with his passion for community development, Jason founded the North Star Training and Consulting firm. His firm works to bring professional training resources to local businesses in underserved communities.
In 2016 Jason was elected President of the Westview Community Organization. Under his leadership Westview established the “This Old House” initiative to rally the community to repair the homes of low income seniors in SW ATL. Additionally he established a community youth council to create actionable solutions to reduce youth crime rate and increase graduation rates, the initiative was endorsed and supported by the Atlanta City Council. His efforts with the Westview Community Organization were recognized by the Atlanta City Council in 2017. In 2019 under his leadership the community Established the “Westview Votes” Committee, which has been credited with increasing access to the ballot. Jason was also named the Calvary United Methodist Church “Man of the Year” in 2018, the first time the congregation honored a man outside of its membership in its 150 year history.
A trusted community voice Jason is a sought out commentator for Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Voice, VOX, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Journal Constitution, New York Times and CNN.
Jason has served as Chairman of Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit T. He is also a founding member of the University of Louisville Student Mentoring Initiative and is a mentor for the Atlanta Technical College Design Department. He was licensed as a minister at the age of 20 and ordained an Elder before the age of 30. Jason has been honored by his home state of Kentucky, being inducted into the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels three times, the he highest honor that can be given by the Governor. In 2020 he accepted an appointment as the youngest Trustee in the 150 history of the Historic Calvary United Methodist Church.
Jason attended Hampton University and the University of Louisville where he obtained a degree in Political Science and Public Policy. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Howard University. Jason resides in the historic Westview Community in Southwest Atlanta.