Byron D. Amos, the CEO of Capacity Builders, Inc., is a native Atlantan who has been involved in community organizing for over 20 years and has established deep roots in the Atlanta community. As a dedicated father, community leader and resident of Vine City, he has demonstrated a passionate commitment to service that comes from a desire to see the residents of his community grow and prosper.
Byron has served as the chairperson of Neighborhood Planning Unit L and as president of the Vine City Civic Association, Inc. In these positions, he served the interests of the community with a deep sense of commitment, dignity, integrity and dedication over the past several years. As a result of his stewardship, Byron has received many honors and awards, including being recognized as a WATL 36 Unsung Hero, as well as an Outstanding Atlantan. Both awards were a testament to his unwavering commitment to community service and leadership. He is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and the city of Atlanta Citizen Police and Fire Academy. Along with these awards and accomplishments, Byron has had the responsibility of addressing many difficult issues faced by his beloved community.
His record of service to the community includes leading the community through the West Nile Virus scare of 2001; the Vine City sewage overflow and flood of 2002; investment of over $10 million on new housing in the Vine City area; acquisition of more than $2 million in private and public grant dollars for the community; increase of public greenspace in the neighborhood; improvement of communications among the community, schools and businesses in the area; and collaboration with law enforcement to reduce overall crime in the area. Despite the numerous challenges of the northwest Atlanta community, Byron has had a tremendous record of success by building strong collaborations with local, state and federal officials; educational institutions; businesses; and the philanthropic community. Throughout all of his accomplishments and difficult times, he has always remained accessible to those who have asked him for help. “Building capacity in our neighborhoods is a must, for I believe that the only way to create true and sustainable change in our communities is to become the change you want to see in the world,” says Byron.
In December 2011, Byron won a special election to fill an unexpired term for the Atlanta Educational District 2 seat. As a member of the Atlanta Board of Education, he has pledged to be an advocate for parents, teachers and students. He will also be an advocate to a complete educational system that must include math, science, literature, the arts and the return of vocational education.
Byron is the son of Johnny Amos Sr., a retired United States Postal Service employee, and Marietta G. Amos, who retired after 23 years of service in the Atlanta Public Schools system. Byron is a product of Atlanta Public Schools, attending M.M. Bethune Elementary and J.F. Kennedy Middle, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, and going on to attend Howard University and Clark Atlanta University. Byron Amos is the proud father of three daughters and one son, and is married to Ms. Aisha Carter. He is a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Vine City, where he is a faithful servant on the trustee board.