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11/10/2020
Cobb Chamber Announces Marietta Citizen of the Year

The Cobb Chamber’s Marietta Area Council has selected community advocate Lisa Crossman its 2020 Citizen of the Year. Citizen of the Year Awards are given to honor an individual whose impact through the years will be recognized and regarded with pride as a role model throughout the area. These outstanding citizens were chosen for their definable, exceptional deeds, with which he or she has made their community a better place to live. Awards were given to deserving individuals based on local area nominations. The award was presented at the Marietta Area Council luncheon at the Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center.

Lisa Crossman
Lisa Crossman, Deputy Director/Director of Public Health with Cobb & Douglas Public Health, has been named the 2020 Marietta Citizen of the Year for her tireless advocacy within the Cobb community.

Lisa Crossman has personally served on the front lines, fighting COVID-19 from the very start. Through long hours and stressful circumstances, she has remained dedicated to keeping her community safe and healthy. At a time when so many have hoarded resources and centered their attention on themselves, Lisa has shown a particular interest in serving the homeless and medically fragile population of the Cobb community.

At the very beginning of the pandemic, she reached out to the nonprofit agencies in the area to answer questions and offer expert advice on how to meet the needs of those they serve. She set up a hotline, prioritized their team members for testing, and served as a resource to help them craft policies and procedures to continue safe and healthy operations. As testing became more challenging, she crafted a partnership with Metro Atlanta Ambulance to offer on-site testing at area non-profits for clients and staff. 

Whenever an agency, organization or community member has called on her for support, she has responded quickly, effectively and calmly–a calm voice in the midst of chaos. She has been an advocate, protector, provider and cheerleader when her community has needed it most.

Beyond her 2020 achievements, Lisa has been heavily involved in her community from the start, including chairing and sitting on PTA groups, health committees and family planning organizations, among others. She has been heavily involved with Leadership Cobb, as well as pro-business organizations, heart health and child health councils, and the Cobb Chamber’s annual membership campaign.

Lisa Crossman has worked tirelessly to protect her community during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as promoted and supported her community for over 20 years. It is a personal passion for her to connect with the community—and Cobb County will continue to be the better for her dedication.

For more information about Area Councils, please contact Katie Guice at [email protected] or 770-859-2334. Thank you to Series Presenting Sponsor Cobb Travel and Tourism and Program Sponsor Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP.