Wanda Y. Dunham

“Let your faith be larger than your fear.”

– Wanda Y. Dunham

Wanda Y. Dunham has over 34 years of transportation experience and 14 of those years as the Assistant General Manager/Chief of Police Department and Emergency Management. In 2006, Chief Dunham made history as the first African American and the first female in the Department’s history to hold the position of Chief.

She began her career as an officer and earned her way up the ladder holding various command and leadership positions including Field Training Officer, Police Instructor, Criminal Investigations, and Internal Affairs Commander, along with Corporal, Sergeant, Captain, Major, Assistant Chief, and Chief during her tenure at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

Chief Dunham is a true trailblazer and has fashioned history on four separate occasions by becoming the first woman to achieve the positions of Captain and Major and the first African American and the first woman to achieve the rank of Assistant Chief and Chief of Police. Ultimately making history for a final time by receiving a C-suite position and the first Chief of System Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

Some of Chief Dunham’s professional affiliations consist of the Atlanta METROPOL, where she served in many capacities, including Chair on the Executive Board. She served on the board of Directors for the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center (FCPSTC). She was selected by the National Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to serve on the Peer Advisory Committee for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Most recently, Chief Dunham served as a member of the Super Bowl 53 Law Enforcement Executive Steering Committee.

Chief Dunham has been recognized as one of The Most Powerful and Influential Law and Justice recipients by Women’s Work Media. She has also received awards from the National Women in Policing for her efforts in “Breaking The Glass Ceiling,” The Atlanta Business League’s 100 Black Women of Influence, the Atlanta Tribune Women to Watch, Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) for her Diversity Leadership, the National Association of Black Officers for her Community Service efforts and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – East Point Alumnae Chapter for excellence in Leadership. She has been featured in Ebony Magazine and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Publications on three separate occasions (2010, 2017, 2018). More recently, she was featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) newspaper Black Girl Magic edition.

Recently retired, Chief Dunham continues to inspire as she transitions from being a Chief of Police to being an Author and Motivational Speaker. Her goal is to encourage others by sharing her real-life experiences in a unique and refreshing “keeping it real” method of storytelling, which leaves audiences coming back for more.

Chief Dunham not only broke the glass ceiling during her Law Enforcement career, but she also continues to shatter the myths of women as leaders. She seeks to inspire others to follow in her footsteps, blaze new trails, and leave footprints for others aspiring leaders.

Chief Dunham holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbus State University, where she graduated with honors.

She is married to Dwight L. Dunham, a Sergeant with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, has one son, Jordan Dunham, and lives in Covington, Georgia.

Wanda Y. Dunham has over 34 years of transportation experience and 14 of those years as the Assistant General Manager/Chief of Police Department and Emergency Management. In 2006, Chief Dunham made history as the first African American and the first female in the Department’s history to hold the position of Chief.

She began her career as an officer and earned her way up the ladder holding various command and leadership positions including Field Training Officer, Police Instructor, Criminal Investigations, and Internal Affairs Commander, along with Corporal, Sergeant, Captain, Major, Assistant Chief, and Chief during her tenure at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

Chief Dunham is a true trailblazer and has fashioned history on four separate occasions by becoming the first woman to achieve the positions of Captain and Major and the first African American and the first woman to achieve the rank of Assistant Chief and Chief of Police. Ultimately making history for a final time by receiving a C-suite position and the first Chief of System Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

Some of Chief Dunham’s professional affiliations consist of the Atlanta METROPOL, where she served in many capacities, including Chair on the Executive Board. She served on the board of Directors for the Fulton County Public Safety Training Center (FCPSTC). She was selected by the National Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to serve on the Peer Advisory Committee for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Most recently, Chief Dunham served as a member of the Super Bowl 53 Law Enforcement Executive Steering Committee.

Chief Dunham has been recognized as one of The Most Powerful and Influential Law and Justice recipients by Women’s Work Media. She has also received awards from the National Women in Policing for her efforts in “Breaking The Glass Ceiling,” The Atlanta Business League’s 100 Black Women of Influence, the Atlanta Tribune Women to Watch, Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) for her Diversity Leadership, the National Association of Black Officers for her Community Service efforts and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – East Point Alumnae Chapter for excellence in Leadership. She has been featured in Ebony Magazine and Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Publications on three separate occasions (2010, 2017, 2018). More recently, she was featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) newspaper Black Girl Magic edition.

Recently retired, Chief Dunham continues to inspire as she transitions from being a Chief of Police to being an Author and Motivational Speaker. Her goal is to encourage others by sharing her real-life experiences in a unique and refreshing “keeping it real” method of storytelling, which leaves audiences coming back for more.

Chief Dunham not only broke the glass ceiling during her Law Enforcement career, but she also continues to shatter the myths of women as leaders. She seeks to inspire others to follow in her footsteps, blaze new trails, and leave footprints for others aspiring leaders.

Chief Dunham holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbus State University, where she graduated with honors.

She is married to Dwight L. Dunham, a Sergeant with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, has one son, Jordan Dunham, and lives in Covington, Georgia.

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