Shelena Hawkins, a native of Camden County, GA has served as the Director since March 2014. She has also served as the Deputy Director and Senior Planner. Before coming to DCED, Shelena started her professional career in 2004 as a City Planner with the City of Albany, Planning Department.
Currently, Shelena holds both an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Albany State University. She has extensive experience in working with public and private stakeholder groups, land use development, community planning, and enforcement of local, state and federal regulatory requirements.