Kathleen Jackson Bertrand
Kathleen Bertrand maintains a dual career as Senior Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and as a jazz vocalist.
A native Atlantan and a graduate of Spelman College, Bertrand is in her 30th year of employment with the ACVB.
She has been recognized by the Atlanta Business League as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence and by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine as one of the Most Influential African-Americans in the Meetings/Tourism Industry, among other accolades. She is the 2007 recipient of the APEX Award for Distinguished Service by Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine.
Her board affiliations include the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Black Women’s Film Network, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In 2007, she founded HIP – Hospitality Industry Professionals – an organization dedicated to the growth of diverse leadership within the hospitality industry.
Most recently, she serves as executive producer and founder for the BronzeLens Film Festival, created in 2009 to bring attention to Atlanta as a destination for film production by people of color. Bertrand’s singing engagements have included performances ranging from three Olympic Games (Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta) to performances before two sitting U.S. presidents, to appearances at jazz festivals world wide.