Candice McKinley, Esq. is a civil rights attorney, education advocate, and proud mother of two. After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Spelman College, Candice went on to earn her teaching certification at Georgia State and served two years as a first grade teacher in Atlanta Public Schools. Candice is the principal owner of C. McKinley Law & Associates which focuses on policy/advocacy, civil rights, and personal injury cases.
Candice later earned a law degree from Florida A&M University College of Law and began practicing employment and education law in the Eleventh Circuit. Candice’s passion for improving education in our country was never far out of mind and it eventually lead her to work in the Office of Senator Michael F. Bennet on the No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.
In 2018, Candice was a candidate for the DeKalb County School Board--District 2 where she opened the dialogue of the multiple inequities based on race, socioeconomic status, and funding for schools geographically located in the north vs. the south sectors of DeKalb County. In 2020, Candice joined DeKalb County School District's Office of Legal Affairs and then transitioned to the District's Office of School Innovation. Candice resigned from the District in 2021 to prepare for a second campaign run to fill the District 2 seat as a School Board Member. In the words of Shirely Chisholm, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."