Commissioner Lisa Cupid was elected to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners in November 2012 overcoming a 3-term incumbent in a crowded field of 6 persons. Since then, she has proven herself as a principled, pragmatic and people-centered advocate for all persons across the County.
Cupid has lived in Southwest Cobb for 17 years which is one of Cobb's more diverse, recreational, and accessible areas. It is home to Six Flags Park, Mable House Amphitheater, Girl Scouts campgrounds, Cobb BMX Park, Silver Comet Trail and more. It is also 15 minutes away from downtown Atlanta, 25 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and is proximate to two interstates. For decades, the area nonetheless has been characterized by more aged infrastructure and crime compared to the rest of the County. Cupid ran for office because she believed the general character of Cobb—quality development, safe neighborhoods, strong businesses, engaged residents, responsive services—should be standard across the county irrespective of diverse interests and income levels.
Cupid has led policy changes to enable Community Development to incentivize redevelopment of blighted structures and to strengthen public safety’s ability to address crime-burdened commercial properties. She pushed for greater support of the County's Economic Development agency for funding which is now available for facade improvement in moderate income areas. She has also instituted multiple future land use changes and design guidelines across major corridors to improve development patterns. In 2017, District 4 led the county in new single family home starts and continues to strengthen its logistics and industrial footprint.
Recognizing transit as a significant tool to provide residents means to work, school, doctor’s offices, and other neighborhood amenities, Cupid championed efforts to expand transit to areas that lost service during the recession. She also championed efforts to create a bus line from her district to the County’s business and commercial center, the Cumberland area. More recently she has advocated for Sunday bus service and subsidized on-demand transit Uber and Lyft which are scheduled to begin in 2019.
Cupid has helped various land and business owners expand and start new businesses. In tough, land-use cases, she has brought developers and residents together to negotiate their interests. She has also brought business owners and staff together to work through permitting challenges. Recognizing that some businesses were more knowledgeable than others in navigating community development requirements, she advocated for the business concierge service which now helps applicants through the various stages of development.
Cupid considers citizen education and involvement integral to the function of a healthy community, prompting her to hold dozens of townhall meetings and monthly community zoning meetings. In 2015, Cupid introduced the idea of Cobb 101 which has educated over 80 participants to date about Cobb's agencies and services. She also holds an annual HOA training in partnership with commissioners across Metro Atlanta.
Cupid is a Board Member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and is widely known for pushing transparency and thoughtful spending of the Board of Commissioners. Whether analyzing the county’s Braves deal or the county’s annual millage and budget, Cupid is mindful towards the county’s obligation to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars today and for Cobb's future. Cupid has led efforts to better ensure commissioner and public engagement in county projects and policy decisions.
Cupid has overcome a difficult encounter with police, by advocating for community-centered policing, practices and leadership. To better protect both citizens and police, Cupid has also pushed for greater use of technology which has increased funding for body cameras and led to installation of license-plate readers in high-crime areas. Cupid supports the county’s Police Athletic Leagues and community block events to promote positive interaction with the police and the community.
Cupid’s approach on the board continues to be people-centric. She goes above and beyond to be present and responsive to the overwhelming needs and interests of a diverse district of close to 180,000 residents. She has visited countless homes, businesses, schools and organizations across the county to better understand their needs and address their concerns. In observing the lack of resources and citizen participation in the Marietta-Osborne area, Cupid launched a bi-monthly meeting of its area leaders which has resulted in the planned build of an area recreation center and creation of a redevelopment plan and nearby design guidelines. Cupid attends and supports dozens of events, meetings and programs of civic and non-profit organizations to strengthen their ability to collaboratively serve the district. Cupid has won honors and awards from numerous organizations for her service including, but not limited to United Way of Metro Atlanta, Keep Georgia Beautiful, 100 Black Men of North Metro Atlanta Chapter, the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council, LiveSafe Resources, Common Cause Georgia, Cobb's NAACP, Cobb's Cobb SCLC Chapter, Shaw Temple AME, Jubilee Christian Church, Cobb's Omega Psi Phi Chapter, and the Marietta-Roswell's Delta Sigma Theta Chapter,
Cupid is an attorney and former mediator, state policy analyst, and engineer. She earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a B.A. in English, a Masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor from Georgia State University. She is married to her husband, Craig Cupid, who is also a Georgia Tech engineering graduate and attorney practicing intellectual property law. They have two children, Nehemiah and Noah, who they hybrid homeschool. The Cupid’s are members of Word of Faith in Austell and also attend Buckhead Church. Craig and Lisa both participated in Leadership Cobb and give back by mentoring and supporting others.
Cupid credits her and her sisters’ upbringing by Guyanese parents, for their appreciation of hard-work, humility and humor. In whatever time you can call spare, Cupid can be found running, reading, or supporting her children at different youth athletic events around Cobb.