Angela Evans is currently the 6th District Councilmember on the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government Council, attorney and certified mediator. Councilmember Evans’ career is rooted in public service. As General Counsel to former Secretary of State, Trey Grayson and Assistant Attorney General to former Attorney General, Jack Conway, Angela has worked to ensure that political candidates, businesses and individuals are operating under the same rules and treated fairly by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Angela’s heart for service and justice has manifested in various ways over her lifetime. In her official capacity, Councilmember Evans serves on Lexington’s Homelessness Prevention & Intervention Board that is charged with ensuring efficient and effective systems are in place throughout the city to provide citizens access to shelter, food and other basic needs. Through her undergraduate studies in Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, later work as a Public Defender, and now as a Councilmember, Angela has witnessed the devastating impact poverty can have on individuals, their children and generations after, robbing entire cities of generations of productive citizens.
In 2007, Angela was compelled to travel with friends to Gulu, Uganda on a mission trip, where they provided emotional and spiritual support to Zion Project staff and local woman attending the program. They also hosted after-school activities for young girls living at the Zion Project orphanage. Her time in Uganda was extremely rewarding and afforded her the opportunity to help improve the lives of individuals around the world through international policy work with the United Nations. Angela was acknowledged for her valuable suggestions and contributions to the United Nations Criminal Justice Handbook Series, Introductory Handbook on State Regulation Concerning Civilian Private Security Services and Their Contribution to Crime Prevention and Community Safety (2014), and the United Nations Criminal Justice Handbook Series, Introductory Handbook on the Prevention of Recidivism and the Social Reintegration of Offenders (2012).
In 2015, Angela became only the second female of color to ever serve on Lexington’s city council. Councilmember Evans has been a steady voice of reason who strives for excellence from government and values the perspective of all her constituents. She is always ready to ask the difficult questions and address the most challenging issues. In 2018, during Lexington’s discussions on the removal of Confederate statutes from downtown, Councilmember Evans commendably represented Lexington on MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson, discussing the civility Lexington displayed while speaking on this sensitive topic.
In addition to her Council and lawyer responsibilities, Angela serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Blood Center, the National Advisory Board to the Dean of the College of Communication & Information at the University of Kentucky, the Executive Committee of the Fayette County Democratic Party, and serves as co-chair of the Social Action Committee of the Lexington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
- Implemented Lexington’s first Youth Citizens Academy Program
- Successfully advocated for amenities along Brighton Trail
- Obtained funding for improvements to Kenawood Walking Trail and Mary Todd Park pedestrian bridge
- Obtained funding & advocated for additional playground and exercise equipment in Dixie Park
- Successfully advocated for dog park and fountain at Pleasant Ridge Park
- Allocated funding for paving segments of Old Paris Pike
- Completion of Liberty Rail Trail to Man O’ War Blvd
- Continued advocacy for state transportation funds for construction of Liberty Road expansion
- Maintain high quality of constituent services
- Working with constituents to revitalize neighborhood associations
- Expanding communications within the district
- Continuing to connect constituents to government
- Led Council to include diversity & inclusion statement in the Council Rules & Procedures
- Advocated for increased funding for the Homelessness Continuum of Care HUD grant
- Participated in a panel discussion at Fredrick Douglas HS on Compassion
- Participated in the Youth Citizens Academy Civil Rights panel discussion, budget project and speaker’s panel
- Advocated for the creation of a landlord list for our homelessness service providers
- Participated in Liberty Rd Widening Public Comment meeting
- Installation of new street signs in parts of the 6th District
- Continued NDF support for HOAs and Neighborhood Associations
- Led the effort to have Council rules published and available at meetings
- Assisted with the first Mary Todd Park Celebration
- Ensured Hope Center funding
- Assisted with the re-establishment of the Old Paris Pike Neighborhood Association
- Installation of Station Nation Walking Trail signs
- Board member of the Office of Homelessness Prevention & Intervention and the chair of Program and Performance Evaluation Committee
- Successfully advocated for lane changes at Pink Pigeon at Man O’ War
- Supported a new salt barn
- Supported a new Lexington Police K9 facility
- Participated in jail personnel/police collective bargaining agreement reviews
- Supported the effort to make Narcan available to everyone thus resulting in a 40% decrease in overdose deaths