2020 Top Lobbyist by James Magazine
2017 Inductee to the Lobbyist Hall of Fame by James Magazine
Don Bolia is the founder and principal at Peachtree Government Relations. He provides industry leaders with strategic advice on legislative trends and assists them in shaping policy debates at the state, federal, and local levels in Georgia.
Don manages clients’ relationships before the Georgia General Assembly, as well as numerous city and county governments and agencies. His background and experience give clients an edge in conducting business with local governments. Because of his key relationships at the municipal level, his clients are able to clearly communicate their message to key players.
Don began his political career working for Congressman Newt Gingrich in Washington D.C. In 1991, he was appointed the Political Director of the Georgia Republican Party. In that capacity, he was directly responsible for managing the GOP’s statewide effort to elect Republicans to the Georgia General Assembly.
In 1993, Don was appointed Chief of Staff of the Fulton County Commission. During his first weeks in office, Fulton County, Georgia’s most populous county, cut taxes for the first time in a decade and the chairman’s office returned over $180,000 in savings from the chairman’s budget alone. Don was responsible for directing the chairman’s agenda and working with the Board of Commissioners.
In 1994, Don was appointed the executive director of the Georgia Republican Party, during an election cycle that saw Republicans win six state-level offices for the first time since reconstruction, including insurance commissioner, superintendent of schools, and a majority of the seats on the Public Service Commission.
Don was also the president of D&B Communications, a government affairs and public relations firm he founded in 1995.
In 2005, Don was made the director of Government Affairs for the Atlanta office of Hunton and Williams and in 2007, he was hired as the director of government affairs in the Atlanta office of DLA Piper. In 2010, Don founded Peachtree Government Relations. In 2017, Don was recognized as one of Georgia's Top Lobbyists by Insider Advantage and was inducted into the Lobbyist Hall of Fame by James Magazine.
Currently, Don is the Chairman of the Decide DeKalb Development Authority. He is also the Chairman of Joint Development Authority of Metro Atlanta. Don is the former Chairman of the Southeast Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and currently serves on the advisory board for the Georgia Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He also served on the Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals.
Don is an avid marathon runner who is halfway through running a marathon in every state. He also has three dogs named Bella, Lakoya and Montana Rye.