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About Atlanta BeltLine Inc.

Realizing the Atlanta BeltLine Vision

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is the entity overseeing the planning and execution of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. The ABI staff works closely with City of Atlanta departments to define details of the plan, secure public funding, inform and engage members of the community, and serve as the overall project management office for construction of the trails, transit, parks, and other key components.

  • Promoting
    Alternative Transportation

    ABI office located adjacent to two Atlanta Streetcar stops.

  • ABI Promoting
    Alternative Transportation

    ABI staff is encouraged to use alternative transportation to get to work. Office space built with plenty of bike racks.

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    in Action

    Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.'s office maximizes efficiency in a manner that makes sense.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. was formed in 2006 by Invest Atlanta (formerly the Atlanta Development Authority) for the purpose of managing the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine program. Working with partners, including City of Atlanta departments, its functions include specifically defining the Atlanta BeltLine plan; leading efforts to secure federal, state and local funding; spearheading all design and engineering; constructing trails, parks, transit, streetscapes, affordable housing, and art; continuing the community engagement process; managing all vendors and suppliers; and serving as the overall project management office to execute the Atlanta BeltLine program.

ABI is also responsible for tracking and reporting progress on the program to the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta Public Schools, and Fulton County, the three taxing authorities that authorized the Atlanta BeltLine TAD legislation in 2005.

Each day, Atlanta BeltLine staffers work to advance a project that will have an enduring and positive impact on Atlanta and the surrounding region. Just as the project is dynamic and engaging, so are the many people that come together to shape this auspicious vision into a reality.

A Team Committed to Progress

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff is an experienced and determined team tasked with the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Working closely with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the City of Atlanta, and Partner organizations, the staff at ABI oversees all aspects of planning, developing, and execution of the Atlanta BeltLine project.

Paul F. Morris, FASLA

President and CEO

Paul Morris joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) in July, 2013 as President and CEO. ABI is responsible for the development of the most comprehensive revitalization effort in the history of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment and mobility projects in the United States. This multi-billion dollar sustainable development initiative is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit linking mixed use development and affordable housing by re-using 22-miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods directly to each other.

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Trained as a landscape architect and urban planner, Mr. Morris has spent his 30-year career in strategic consulting and executive management roles focusing on transportation, urban redevelopment, natural resource management, public parks, and the development of corporate and institutional facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has assisted communities across 25 U.S. States and 10 foreign countries, offering hands-on involvement in more than 400 programs and projects in major infrastructure investment, regional growth management, natural resource restoration, development dispute resolution, Brownfield redevelopment, and world heritage site regeneration. Mr. Morris’ work history includes projects in cities as varied as Sacramento, CA, Washington D.C. Vancouver, British Columbia, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining ABI, Mr. Morris served as Deputy Secretary for Transit for the North Carolina Department of Transportation where he directed the more than 900 employees and $800M budget of the state’s multi-modal divisions, Aviation, Bicycle and Pedestrian, Ferry, Transit and Rail, while serving as lead for initiatives involving complete streets, transit oriented development, public-private partnerships, innovative funding strategies and sustainability blueprinting. Previous to that role, he worked with a number of consulting and investment firms including Parsons Brinckerhoff, Cherokee Investment Partners and his own firm, McKeever/Morris, Inc. He was president of Greenleaf Strategies, a strategic planning, design and project management consultancy to government and the private sector. At Cherokee Investment Partners, Mr. Morris developed and directed sustainable investment policies, programs and partnerships for institutional and corporate investors of a $2 billion real estate portfolio located across North America and Western Europe. At the transportation planning and engineering firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mr. Morris served as executive vice president and global director of  strategic consulting and  sustainability  – founding  PB PlaceMaking,  an award winning  planning and development group – providing leadership in the areas of transit oriented development, public finance and investment, and organizational management. As managing partner at the policy, planning and design firm of McKeever/Morris, Inc. (acquired by PB in 1999), he oversaw a diverse array of award-winning corporate, institutional and government initiatives across North America and Asia. Mr. Morris has worked on several projects of national significance, such as the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City, the Columbine High School Memorial in Colorado, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial, at which he facilitated a 350-person citizen task force through the process of creating a National Park memorial dedicated to victims of the 1995 bombing of the A.P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The effort included developing a vision for the memorial, advising 10 sub-committees through programming, fund-raising and community consensus building, directing media and government relations, conveying the long-range message of community building to the larger “world community,” and facilitating an international design competition and defining urban development on the surrounding 20 city blocks. Mr. Morris has served more than 40 organizations from local neighborhood associations to state legislative committees. He has taught at the university level and lectured widely, addressing more than 100 conferences and symposia – including the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Congressional Black Caucus, National Design Forum of Israel and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has authored, contributed to or been featured in more than 90 publications on topics ranging from public-private partnerships, land use and transportation integration, urban innovation, public health, active living, brownfield redevelopment, and civic monuments & memorials. He has received numerous awards and recognition from groups including the State of North Carolina, The Waterfront Center, 1000 Friends of Oregon, National League of Cities, US DOT and the Army Corps of Engineers.  He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and graduate certificate in Zoning, Planning and Development from Harvard University. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Landscape Architects, where in 2003 he served as national president. Mr. Morris currently lives in Atlanta and is married with two children.

Clyde Higgs

Vice President and COO

Mr. Higgs joined ABI from his most recent position as Executive Vice President of Operations Development for the North Carolina Research Campus, a multi-faceted initiative of real estate developer Castle & Cooke using science and technology as the platform to redevelop and reinvigorate Kannapolis, North Carolina, a former textile town. In this role, Mr. Higgs works closely with the CEO and the executive team, providing oversight of the Economic Development, Design & Construction, Program Management, Housing, Procurement, and Human Resources activities of ABI, and lending additional breadth and capability to establishing and expanding our strong working relationships with private and public partners across the region, state and nation.

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 Over the past 9 years, as a top executive at the Kannapolis Project, Mr. Higgs helped steer the day-to-day operations of a multi-billion dollar revitalization effort involving economic revitalization of the local economy. His work entailed ground and facility leasing over vast tracks of industrial lands and facilities; oversight of a complex multi-million annual operating budget; supervision of 60+ employees and consultants; and organizational direction of the capital improvements program. Higgs also provided strategic guidance for broad-based community advocacy and engagement, partnership development with state and local governments, universities, construction and design vendors, and real estate brokers and investors to ensure the project’s success. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in economic development, real estate, intellectual property, technology, strategic planning, design, real estate development, grant and donor funding, and government relations, with a diversity of projects including those that specialize in urban innovation, science and technology. Clyde is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and also holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University. He has served on numerous boards and professional organizations, including two gubernatorial appointments: by Texas Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Emerging Technology Venture Fund for early stage companies working on innovations in the fields of biotechnology, healthcare, energy and information technology; and by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the State Board of Community Colleges.

Marshall Norwood, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Marshall Norwood is the Chief Financial Officer for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. In this role he provides leadership managing all financial matters for ABI. This position handles process, policy and procedures for the Finance Department and works with Invest Atlanta, the organization’s parent entity, on financial matters as appropriate. Marshall handles financial analysis for proposed transactions, including identifying financing options for capital investments across the entire ABI program. He manages in an environment of high financial integrity and ensures proper controls are part of all processes and financial transactions.

Read more about Marshall Norwood, CPA

Marshall was elevated to this role in October, 2013. He previously served as the accounting manager since joining ABI in July, 2011, where he was responsible for the accounting function, including financial statement preparation and analysis, accounts payable, accounts receivable, guiding ABI through the annual audit process, as well as assisting with the comprehensive status of the Atlanta BeltLine financial plan. He formerly worked for the State of Georgia, Cox Enterprises and KPMG, and is a CPA. During his tenure at ABI, Mr. Norwood coordinated a major accounting software upgrade, managed ABI’s daily accounting functions and audit preparation, and absorbed many of the accounting functions previously performed by Invest Atlanta. Mr. Norwood began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the “Big 4” accounting firms.  Following KPMG, he worked for Cox Enterprises, Inc. at various locations around the country serving in Assistant Controller and Controller positions for 15 years.  In these roles, he handled all accounting functions in addition to HR, union negotiations, and contract administration for all building and maintenance contracts. Subsequently, he served as Budget Director for the State of Georgia’s Department of Human Resources for two years where he coordinated the agency’s budget process and presented the budget to the Governor and State Legislature on an annual basis. Mr. Norwood is a Georgia native and graduate from Morehouse College with a B.A in Business/Accounting. His professional affiliations include the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Marshall’s non-work commitments include memberships in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Bible Way Ministries, Intl.

Nina Hickson

Vice President and General Counsel

Ms. Nina R. Hickson joined ABI to serve as Vice President and General Counsel in 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for all legal matters including general corporate transactions, corporate governance, compliance and risk management and a wide variety of real estate-related matters including transactional work and negotiations. 

Read more about Nina Hickson

Prior to her appointment as Vice President and General Counsel of ABI, Nina R. Hickson served as the Ethics Officer for the City of Atlanta. In this role she was responsible for educating all city officials and employees of the requirements for conducting city business in compliance with the City’s Code of Ethics. She also oversaw the City’s financial disclosure process and prosecutes violations of the Ethics Code. Immediately prior to serving as Atlanta’s Ethics Officer, Attorney Hickson served as Interim City Manager for the city of East Point where she had been the City Attorney for six years. As the chief legal officer for the municipal government, she provided legal services related to all civil litigation, administrative hearings, economic development initiatives, legislative proposals and commercial transactions for the City. During her tenure as City Attorney, she created a legal department with an outstanding reputation for professionalism and responsiveness. Prior to assuming the role of City Attorney for East Point, Attorney Hickson held prominent legal positions within the Atlantic Judicial Circuit and the Fulton County Justice System. Before these appointments, Hickson practiced law for 15 years in a variety of capacities including Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, General Counsel for the Atlanta Housing Authority, General Counsel and Vice President for Atlanta Life Insurance Company, and Vice President and Associate General Counsel to Primerica Financial Services, a subsidiary of the Citigroup Corporation. Her extensive community involvements have included the membership on various boards and civic organizations in metropolitan Atlanta and her commitment to community service has resulted in her receiving numerous awards and recognition. Hickson received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and her Doctor of Law degree from Emory University of Atlanta.


Beth McMillan

Planning & Community Engagement Director

Beth McMillan joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as Director of Community Engagement in December 2008. Her responsibilities include coordination of all aspects of community input and the participation of all impacted Atlanta BeltLine communities. Beth was formerly the Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of East Point, Ga. where she managed a department of 15 employees engaged in the planning, zoning, inspection, licensing and permitting functions for the City.

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Other responsibilities included the development and oversight of all zoning and development policies, establishment of a current development fee program and the total re-write of a proposed new Zoning Ordinance for the City. Beth was a key partner in the research, presentation and approval by the City Council and Fulton County Board of Commissioner’s of the City’s second TAD, the East Point Corridors TAD. Previously, Beth served for 17 years in planning in different responsibilities in the Fulton County Department of Environment and Community Development. In her last eight years at Fulton County she served as the Assistant Director of Comprehensive Planning. In that capacity Beth managed a staff of 13 professional planners responsible for community planning in North Fulton, Sandy Springs, Southwest Fulton and South Fulton County. There she successfully implemented 10 community overlay districts and managed four design review boards. Under her direction, Fulton County developed and implemented its’ Smart Growth Policy. Beth also led the research, development and adoption of the County’s first total rewrite of its’ comprehensive plan and map.

Ericka Brown Davis

Communications and Media Relations Director

As Communications and Media Relations Director, Ericka Davis directs all aspects of ABI’s multi-channel communications strategy and manage media relations for the organization. Prior to joining ABI, Ms. Davis served as Director of Communications and Customer Service for Fulton County Government, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the public sector to this role. 

Read more about Ericka Davis

As Director of Communications and Customer Service for Fulton County Government, Ms. Davis served as the official spokesperson for the County, managing the communications strategy for all 39 departments. Prior to that role, she also served as Director of the Communications Division for the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Director of Communications for the Georgia Building Authority, State Properties Commission, and the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission.

Ms. Davis holds a Master of Science in Technical Communications from Southern Polytechnic State University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Tennessee Temple University. She and her daughter Jessica reside in Atlanta.

Jill Johnson

Government Affairs Director

Jill Johnson joined ABI as its Government Affairs Director, a newly created position, in December 2013. In this capacity, Ms. Johnson actively supports ABI at the federal, state and local government levels to ensure and expand funding, regulatory, and political support for the program.  Ms. Johnson has worked for more than a decade with conservation groups in Georgia and across the Southeast.  

Read more about Jill Johnson

As the President of Live Oak Strategies, LLC, she advocated on behalf of her clients before the state legislature and acted as liaison to legislators, state agencies, and the Governor’s Office on their behalf. She provided help with government and public affairs, public and media relations, strategic planning, and fundraising.

Previously, Ms. Johnson served as the Political Director for Georgia Conservation Voters where she held elected officials accountable for their votes on key conservation issues and helped elect pro-conservation candidates to office. Before that, she spearheaded efforts on land conservation and advocacy at the Georgia Conservancy.

Ms. Johnson is a graduate of LEAD Atlanta and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University. She is married with two children and enjoys running and participating in triathlons.

Jerald Mitchell

Economic Development Director

Jerald Mitchell joined ABI as the Economic Development Director in February 2014. In this capacity, he plays a critical role in developing and advancing the economic development strategy in partnership with Invest Atlanta to support the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine’s mission. Previously, Mr. Mitchell served as the Director of Emerging Industry for the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA).

Read more about Jerald Mitchell

Before he was the Director of Emerging Industry, Mr. Mitchell led SEDA’s Innovation Department focusing on the growth and investment for start-ups and entrepreneurs and previously managed SEDA’s Business Attraction activity as a senior business development professional. Prior to SEDA, he held roles as Regional Project Manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Director of Economic Development for the Coastal Regional Commission. Mr. Mitchell also has significant leadership and management experience in the telecommunications industry and during his 13-year tenure in that field held management positions as Area Marketing and Government Relations Manager, Senior Manager of Customer Care and Operations Manager in both the Savannah and Jacksonville regions for Comcast.

A Savannah native, Mr. Mitchell received his Executive Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his BA in Economics from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2013 and was named one of Savannah’s Rising Stars in 2014. Mr. Mitchell was recognized by the Business Journal and Report’s 40 under 40 business professionals in 2006 and was selected for Comcast University’s corporate leadership program, Leadership Savannah and Leadership Southeast Georgia. He served on the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Board of Directors, the Savannah Poverty Reduction Initiative’s Policy Committee and Work Development Task Force, the Greater Savannah International Alliance Task Force, and the Leadership Savannah Board of Directors.

James Alexander

Housing Policy & Development Director

James Alexander is the Housing Policy & Development Director Director for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.  The Atlanta BeltLine seeks to reconnect communities and create a framework for growth by delivering 22 miles of new transit, over 1,000 acres of new greenspace, 33 miles of new trails, and 5,600 units of affordable housing.

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He works to create and preserve affordable housing near the transit corridor, including the capitalization of an $8.8M affordable housing trust fund.  He also worked with communities and consultants to create long-range master plans throughout the BeltLine, preparing districts for transit oriented development. Before working with the Atlanta BeltLine, Mr. Alexander was an Affordable Housing Development Project Manager at Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (ABCDC) in Boston, Massachusetts.  There, he oversaw the financing, construction, and lease-up of over 140 units of affordable rental and homeownership housing.  Before working with ABCDC, Mr. Alexander worked at Robert Charles Lesser & Co, a real estate market research consulting company in Atlanta. Mr. Alexander received his B.A. in Urban Studies/Economics from Columbia University in 2000, and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004.

Lee J. Harrop, LEED AP, P.E.

Program Director

Lee Harrop is the Program Director for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. In this role, Lee works directly with Project Managers from ABI, the City of Atlanta, and outside partners to ensure that projects are properly supported and moving forward as scheduled.

Read more about Lee J. Harrop, LEED AP, P.E

Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine, Lee worked in engineering consulting in Atlanta and New Orleans. While working in the private sector, he specialized in community improvement, infrastructure and environmental remediation projects throughout the Southeast and in the Caribbean. Lee studied at Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of New Orleans. He holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Georgia State University.

E. Fred Yalouris

Design Director

Fred Yalouris joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in June 2008. Previously, he was in Boston, where for eleven years he held the position of Director of Architecture and Urban Design for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, the “Big Dig,” where he directed the planning, design, public participation process, and construction phase services for the surface restoration of the $15 billion project.

Read more about E. Fred Yalouris

This included overseeing the creation of 46 new parks in Boston and Cambridge, several miles of streetscape, over ten miles of trails, the restoration of several miles of harbor and river shorelines, the completion of a major public art program and archaeology program, and hundreds of environmental remediation commitments. It also included the designs of various buildings, pedestrian bridges and other structures. In the public participation process, he worked with a multitude of public agencies, neighborhood groups, property owners, business groups and special interest groups, and was responsible for over 900 public meetings during the planning, design and construction phases of the project. Prior to the Big Dig, Fred served as a college administrator and research associate for 10 years at Harvard, followed by 10 years as a college dean at University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Boston University and Newbury College. He lectured part-time for 20 years at Harvard University Extension, where he taught courses in Western art and architecture and archaeology. His publications cover topics in ancient topography, ancient art and architecture, nautical archaeology, and urban planning. He has received a number of awards for his work in managing the planning and design of parks, streetscapes and public spaces in Boston. Fred holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from Oxford University (England). He is married with three children. He enjoys travel, collecting art, woodworking and wilderness canoeing.

Stacy Patton

Real Estate and Asset Management Director

Stacy Patton is responsible for overseeing all real estate‐related activities for ABI as it pertains to parks, trails, transit right‐of‐way, affordable workforce housing and economic development. She joins ABI from her most recent position as Managing Director of Development for Minerva USA where she was responsible for land acquisition, planning, design, entitlement and project management for residential ventures in both suburban and urban infill markets.

Read more about Stacy Patton

Stacy brings over 20 years’ experience in real estate, including acquisition, planning, design, real estate development and market analysis, with a diversity of projects including mixed-use, residential, industrial, brownfield, recreational and land conservation. Stacy is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Masters in Landscape Architecture (with an emphasis on real estate development). Stacy serves on numerous boards and professional organizations, including The Governor’s Land Conservation Council, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and Fulton County Commission on the Environment.

Henry Ikwut-Ukwa

Transportation Director

Dr. Henry Ikwut-Ukwa joined ABI as Transportation Director in 2016. In this capacity, Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa will lead the effort to implement the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine transit loop with the Atlanta Streetcar crosstown network, as well as the implementation of Atlanta BeltLine 46-miles of complete streets and accompanying elements of the Connect Atlanta Transportation Plan and the Streetcar System Plan. 

Read more about Henry Ikwut-Ukwa

Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa joins ABI bringing over 15 years of professional experience in transit operations, transportation planning and policy development, project and program management, and engineering design. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa served as the Manager of Planning and Development with the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) in Birmingham, Alabama where he worked on the City’s successful TIGER 7 grant application for a 15-mile Bus Rapid Transit corridor project. Before his tenure with BJCTA, he was the Principal of a private consulting firm, Consul Company. Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa is no stranger to transit and transportation in the City of Atlanta: During his professional career, he has also served for nearly six years as Manager of Transit System Planning for MARTA where, among other things, he led the planning and implementation of the Memorial Drive Bus Rapid Transit Project. Prior to this he worked in private sector consulting with major engineering companies. Dr. Ikwut-Ukwa completed his doctoral work in Transportation Engineering with a minor in Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the state of Pennsylvania, and served for four years on both the Downtown and Midtown Atlanta Development Review Committees. He was recently selected into the 2016 Leadership Program of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Valerie Strickland


Valerie joined ABI in April 2016 as the Controller. In this role, Valerie supports the CFO in managing the financial affairs of ABI including ensuring the integrity of the financial records, maintenance of accounting controls and account analysis. Before joining ABI, Valerie spent more than 14 years in higher education as Director of Accounting.

Read more about Valerie Strickland

In her previous roles, Valerie held positions as accounting manager with distribution and manufacturing companies north of Atlanta.  In these positions she performed a variety of technical and accounting duties such as direct oversight for the general accounting functions, preparation of financial reports, developing staff members and assisting non-financial users in the understanding of financial information.  Valerie began her career with Deloitte and Touche in the same building where she currently serves ABI.  She is a CPA and holds a BBA in accounting from Mercer University where she was awarded the Louis Newton Academic Achievement Award.  Valerie is married with a variety of four-legged children.  In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and volunteering in the cat adoption room of PetSmart.

Michelle Thomas

Assistant General Counsel

In January 2014, Michelle Thomas joined ABI in the newly created position of Assistant General Counsel. In this capacity, Ms. Thomas handles legal issues as directed or assigned by the General Counsel and provide legal advice for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.  

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 Since 2004, she served as Senior Assistant County Attorney for the DeKalb County Law Department handling legal matters related to real estate, construction, professional services, utilities, public works and greenspace. She started at DeKalb County as Assistant County Attorney in 2002.

Previously, Ms. Thomas served as an associate with the City of Atlanta Law Department and prior to that she served as a law clerk with the Atlanta Municipal Court.

Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University. She is a member of the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Khristie Power

Human Resources Manager

Khristie joined the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.  in June 2015 as the Human Resources Manager. In this role, she manages the daily operations of the Human Resources functions in order to effectively and efficiently fulfill the needs of the organization. Khristie works with all staff to build rapport, productivity and morale, and is responsible for recruiting talent for the growing organization.

Read more about Khristie Power

Before joining ABI, Khristie spent 16 years in the property management industry in Atlanta. Throughout her tenure she served in many capacities, including as a Director of Community Development Programs and a Human Resources and Operations Manager. Utilizing her background in Social Work, she created programs for after-school youth groups  and summer programs in low-income communities. As Human Resources Director in her previous employment she designed and implemented various programs resulting in lower turnover and increased morale. Khristie was instrumental in  a company-wide paperless  conversion  and increasing efficiencies within her department. She hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Emory University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia. You may see Khristie walking her dog on the Eastside Trail as she lives adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine.

Lynnette Reid

Senior Community Planner

Lynnette Reid joined the ABI team serving as the Community Engagement Advocate. Her involvement in the public sector dates back to 1992 when she worked as Senior Land Use Planner at the Fulton County Department of Environment and Community Development. While at Fulton County, she was instrumental in policy and regulatory development, community engagement and consensus building, and identified new and innovative was to make communities more sustainable and the community benefits more equitable in underserved communities.

Read more about Lynnette Reid

Her passion for the public sector and underserved communities led her to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Trenton State College in 1994. With years of experience in various aspects of planning and community development, in 1996 she completed her Master of City Planning with the Georgia Institute of Technology. She would also go on to successfully pass the American Institute of Certified Planners Exam in 2001. Most of her professional career as a planner was spent with a municipality in the Atlanta area where she served as the Senior Land Use Planner. In her role she worked on policy and regulatory development, community engagement and consensus building, and identified new and innovative was to make communities more sustainable and the community benefits more equitable in underserved communities. Lynnette believes that the mission of the Atlanta BeltLine, will truly make Atlanta a sustainable development community that people will enjoy for generations to come.

Catherine M. Owens, LEED AP, PE

Principal Engineer

Catherine M. Owens joined the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. team in May 2012 as the Senior Civil Engineer. She has worked for more than 10 years as a civil engineer in the private sector. Catherine came to ABI from AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. (formerly MACTEC Engineering & Consulting, Inc.) as a Senior Civil Engineer.

Read more about Catherine M. Owens, LEED AP, PE

At AMEC, Catherine worked with commercial, institutional, and industrial clients on projects ranging from demolition, environmental remediation, industrial facilities siting, environmental permitting, and development. Between 2010 and departing AMEC, Catherine was the AMEC project coordinator and civil engineer for the Perkins + Will-led Atlanta BeltLine Design Team. Catherine’s current projects at ABI include managing the Edgewood Bridge Replacement, the vertical connection between Ponce de Leon and the Atlanta BeltLine, and installation of a pedestrian plaza on the Atlanta BeltLine at Ponce City Market. She will also remain involved in the Design Team Contact, including the completion of the Eastside Trail. Prior to working at AMEC, Catherine lived in the DC area and was an architectural engineer managing projects for both private and institutional clients, providing consulting services for restoration and renovation of existing structures. Catherine has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in the Ardmore neighborhood, three blocks from the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.

Kevin W. Burke

Principal Landscape Architect

Kevin Burke, who joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in January 2009 as Senior Landscape Architect, has more than twenty-nine years of professional experience on a range of institutional, roadway, college and university, and park projects. Kevin’s current projects include Project Management for the the East Side Trail, the Perkerson Park Splashpad, and the Corridor-Wide Design, as well as post-construction oversight of Stanton, Boulevard Crossing, Historic 4th Ward Park II, and Clear Creek parks.

Read more about Kevin W. Burke

He also organizes the annual Organic Land Care Symposium held in March and is collaborating with professionals from Emory, Georgia State, and the CDC on multi-year health outcome studies of the Atlanta BeltLine’s development of multi-use trails. Prior to joining ABI, Kevin was employed from 2005-2008 by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority as a Project Engineer and landscape architect on the Central Artery/Tunnel Project responsible for providing project management, design, and construction QA/QC services to support the various restoration contracts. These contracts included rebuilding streetscapes, new construction of parks, and coordination with multiple agencies, abutters, and contractors. Between 1994 and 2004, Kevin was a key member of the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel, “The Big Dig,” landscape architectural team. His primary involvement focused on preliminary design of landscape, streetscape, and open space areas throughout the Project. As part of his responsibilities, he led the Community Participation Program for the development of the Master Plan for over 30 acres of urban parkland. He also was involved with development and construction oversight of waterfront walkways along the Charles River and Fort Point Channel. Kevin has also managed projects for Harvard Business School, Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the City of Medford, MA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the New York State Department of Transportation. Kevin has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University, in Logan, UT, is a Registered Landscape Architect in Georgia and New Hampshire and is a NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.

Dave Pierce

Senior Real Estate Project Senior Manager

Dave Pierce joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in April 2015 as the Real Estate Project Manager. Dave supports the real estate team by reviewing development proposals, analyzing acquisitions, and assisting with other real estate functions such as asset management, research and reporting. He joins us with nearly ten years of professional experience in quantitative analysis with a focus and passion for real estate and transportation.

Read more about Dave Pierce

Dave was most recently with Beazer Homes where he was a Corporate Land Financial Analyst, reviewing land acquisitions for financial feasibility and identifying market, legal and environmental risks. Prior to that, he was a research associate at the American Transportation Research Institute, a non-profit entity focused on freight transportation studies.  Dave was also a Senior Associate at Robert Charles Lesser & Co, a real estate consulting firm specializing in development feasibility studies.  He graduated from Georgia Tech with a M.S. in City and Regional Planning along with a B.S. in Geography from Penn State.  While he is a proud native of New Jersey, Atlanta has been his home for over a decade.  Dave lives in Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood with his husband and dog.

Robbie Ross

Accounting Manager

Robbie Ross joined ABI as Accounting Manager in 2014 with more than 16 years of accounting experience. He spent more than eight years in the industries of real estate development, construction, and hospitality, handling all aspects of accounting and finance, including month-end close, reconciliations, and financial statement preparation.  

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 Robbie gained strong Construction Accounting and Joint Venture expertise working for Omni Hotels on projects they developed with Turner. He had responsibility for budgets, change orders, in-process billings, forecasts, variance reports, vendor relations, construction draws, and more. Prior to Omni, Robbie worked for Bass Hotels and Resorts where he had responsibility for monthly reporting, maintaining capital budgets, journal entries, and other facets of accounting for the development of new hotels. Most recently Robbie has worked for Feltrim Development NA, Inc., a private real estate development and property management company in Orlando, Florida. Robbie is an Atlanta native and graduated from Keller Graduate School in 2005 with a Master’s of Accounting & Financial Management after attending Georgia Southern for undergrad and Booker T. Washington for high school. He is on track to sit for the first part of the Certified Management Accountant exam in 2014.

Jenny Odom

Communications & Media Relations Manager

Jenny joined the Atlanta BeltLine’s communications team in February 2012 where she works closely with the Director of Communications on all media, marketing, and communications functions. Jenny is an Atlanta native who worked as a marketing manager for intown Atlanta real estate firms for five years before joining ABI. Prior to her marketing roles, Jenny served as a transportation officer in the U.S. Army in Germany, Kuwait, and Iraq.

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Jenny brings experience in online and print marketing, website and content management, graphic design, writing, social networking, human resources, public speaking, and leadership. She started volunteering with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership in 2007 where she helped found their local festival program. She has also served on the committee for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine since its inception in 2010. Jenny attended Washington University in St. Louis on an ROTC scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 2002. She majored in graphic design with a concentration in illustration. Jenny resides in Decatur with husband and two children.

Lena Carstens

Development Officer for Public Grants

Lena Carstens joined the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. in August 2015 as the Development Officer for Public Grants.  In this role, she actively supports ABI by identifying and applying for public funding opportunities at the federal, state, local, and regional government levels.  Prior to joining ABI, Ms. Carstens served as the Program Manager for Arts and Education Services at the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. 

Read more about Lena Carstens

Ms. Carstens is an alum of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2006 and received the Outstanding Atlanta award in 2010.  She holds an MBA and an MA in Arts Administration from SMU in Dallas, TX and a BFA in Stage Management from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.  Ms. Carstens is married with two children and enjoys playing roller derby.

Heather Hussey-Coker

Special Projects Manager

Heather Hussey-Coker joined the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. team as Special Projects Coordinator in May 2010. In this capacity she supports the COO and project management team in the implementation of organizational and programmatic projects. Heather began her tenure with the Atlanta BeltLine project in 2005 at the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, supporting the execution or implementation of many project milestones, including the establishment of the Partnership’s first Board of Directors, the development of the BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and 5 Year Work Plan, and the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District.

Read more about Heather Hussey-Coker

Prior to joining ABI full time, Heather established the Atlanta BeltLine Tour Program and continues to coordinate project area tours, leading over 400 tours since the Program’s inception in 2007. Ms. Hussey-Coker received her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University and her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She resides in the Riverside neighborhood of northwest Atlanta near the Westside Reservoir Park with her husband and two children.

Elan Buchen

Art & Culture Project Manager

Elan Buchen is the Project Coordinator for Art & Design. He supports the Director of Design in executing the public art initiative “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine” as well as other public art projects that encompass the 22-mile network of parks and trails and provides design support for the senior staff.

Read more about Elan Buchen

Previous to this position, Elan was completing his Master of Fine Arts at the Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta campus, in Sculpture. During his time there he helped to design the sculpture curriculum for the Scientific Illustration department and administered multiple workshops to both students and educators on constructive anatomy, lifecasting, and creature creation. His work is on permanent exhibit at the Oatland Island Nature Center in Savannah and the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Elan earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from SCAD in 2006, graduating Summa Cum Laude and received the departmental Outstanding Achievement Award. During his career, Elan has acted as designer and sculptor for numerous fine arts and commercial clients from special effects to collected bronzes.

Nathan Soldat, AICP

Community Engagement Manager

Nathan Soldat, a forward thinking creative, joined ABI as Community Engagement Advocate in February 2014.  Nathan comes to ABI from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) where he was Senior Transit Planner working on regional transit coordination and planning. While at ARC he helped guide the agency’s first participation in a hack-a-thon, lead the effort to create open transit data for trip planning tools such as Google Transit and was project manager for the design of a regional unified bus stop signage program. 

Read more about Nathan Soldat

 Since 2011, he has served as a volunteer for ABI actively participating on the Art on the BeltLine Committee.  During this time he also volunteered for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership speaking at community festivals and helping to support the Ambassador Program’s outreach efforts. Prior to ARC, Nathan worked for the City of Decatur providing zoning review for all plan submittals, implementing new software to assist in plan management, and was a community facilitator during the city’s 2010 strategic plan update. Nathan has a Bachelor of the Arts in Global Studies with a concentration in African Studies and a Masters of Science in Urban Planning with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from the University of Iowa.  He is very active in Atlanta’s public art and creative culture scene.  He is a dedicated transit rider and bicycle commuter.  He lives in Decatur with his wife and two children.

Jori O’Hanley

GIS & IT Manager

Jori O’Hanley joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as GIS & IT Manager in January 2017.  She brings 13 years of experience providing GIS support in multiple areas: desktop GIS, web application development, client needs assessment, data management, and GIS staff training/guidance materials.

Read more about Jori O'Hanley

In her role at ABI, she will collaborate with team members to support spatial data management, analysis and visualization needs, and manage ABI’s geospatial data. Her previous GIS work includes spatial analysis, compiling and formatting data, geocoding, map design, data visualization, image formatting, and GPS data presentation.

Previous to this position she worked for over 10 years in the environmental field. She spent 3 years in environmental consulting with AMEC Earth & Environmental, and 8 years in EPA Region 1’s GIS Center. Most recently she worked in emergency response providing GIS support to FEMA Region IV. Ms. O’Hanley holds a BS degree in Environmental Studies/GIS focus from Boston University. During her career, she earned an MS in GIS from Northeastern University and a Masters Certificate in Web Application Development from Boston University.

Keith Hall, AICP

Senior Transit Project Manager

Keith Hall joined the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. team in March 2017 as a Senior Transit Project Manager. He has worked for more than 25 years as in transit planning and will support delivery of streetcar projects on the Atlanta BeltLine.

Read more about Keith Hall

Keith Hall has nearly twenty five years of experience in transit service, land use, and transportation infrastructure planning in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.  Keith’s passion is building accessible and mobile urban communities.  Keith’s experience includes complete streets, integration of land use and transportation, and transportation access planning, but his core background has focused on transit service and infrastructure planning.  He has developed operations and service plans, corridor infrastructure plans, and long range plans for a variety of transit modes, including bus network service, high-occupancy vehicle lane bus service plans, and service and infrastructure improvement plans for bus rapid transit, commuter rail, and light rail transit.

Shaun Green, PE

Senior Transportation Engineer

Shaun Green brings 16 years of civil engineering experiences to Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., primarily focused on urban, multi-modal transportation systems. Shaun spent the last ten years with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, supporting the start-up and ultimate steady-state operation and maintenance of their regional express bus service. Prior to GRTA, Shaun worked as a consulting engineer, focusing on traffic engineering, urban planning and land development.

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Shaun is a graduate of Georgia Tech, has three daughters with his wife Janet, has been a bicycle commuter in Atlanta since 1994, and is an avid ice hockey player.

Kim Nicholson

Procurement Officer

Kim Nicholson has more than 25 years of procurement experience, 20 of which were spent working in public procurement at city and county governments.  Throughout her procurement career, Kim has purchased everything from ambulances to zoo animals.

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Kim has continuously demonstrated exceptional procurement capabilities with a focus on implementing process improvements including development of policies and procedures, developing targeted plans, and delivering solutions within budgets and timelines. Kim has also served as a process leader on several cross-functional teams related to procurement of enterprise resource systems (ERP) and other technological projects.  Kim has been a member of the National Institute of Government Procurement since 1997 and has served on NIGP local chapter boards and received the NIGP CPPB certification in 2004.  Kim graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois, with a Bachelors in Arts and with a minor in business. Kim has two sons that live in Atlanta and has followed the progress of the Atlanta BeltLine from her home in Bloomington, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and is happy that she can now enjoy the Atlanta BeltLine any time she wants.

Tameka Silas

Senior Accountant

Tameka joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in December 2012 as an accountant. In her role, her primary focus is on capital expenditures, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and month end close. Tameka brings over 10 years of accounting experience to the Atlanta BeltLine.

Read more about Tameka Silas

Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine, her experience included senior positions in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll,  process improvement, and accounting system implementation for some of Atlanta’s  largest corporations.  Tameka is elated about joining the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. team and the revitalization efforts in the City of Atlanta. Tameka received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Mississippi Valley State University and a Master’s in Accounting and Finance from Keller Graduate School of Management.

Meghan Injaychock

Landscape Architect

Meghan Injaychock joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as a Landscape Architect in 2012 after completing a fellowship as a graduate student. Prior to joining ABI, she worked at South Face Energy Institute where she developed the 2010 EarthCraft Communities Standards and helped to manage EarthCraft Community developments across the Southeast U.S. She also managed the graphic design and assisted in writing “Fire Adaptive Landscaping for Native Habitats and wildlife in the Southern Coastal Plain,” a publication sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Read more about Meghan Injaychock

Meghan is involved with the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and was the 2009 Georgia American Society of Landscape Architects Student Winner for senior capstone project on a design and programming of an Urban Farm in Downtown Savannah, GA. She was also the Juror’s selection for the international “Iraqi Memorial Project” in 2009 for design project commemorating civilian deaths in “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. Meghan graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia in 2012 and is an active Atlanta BeltLine volunteer. In her free time, she enjoys paddling boarding and kayaking.

Nicole Knox

Communications & Media Relations Coordinator

Nicole “Junior” Knox is the Communications and Media Relations Coordinator for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. They are responsible for generating content for the website, social media and print publications. Junior works with each department at the Atlanta BeltLine to coordinate interviews, release information to the press, and prepare presentations for the executive team.

Read more about Nicole Knox

Junior spearheads the Trail Etiquette campaign and managed the publication of the 2015 Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Annual Report. They also played an integral role in the production of the 2014 Annual Report, which was awarded the International Economic Development Council’s Silver Award. Until 2015, Junior had a regular column in Atlanta VeloCity magazine, a publication by and for Atlanta’s cycling community. From 2010 to 2014, Junior served as the nonfiction editor for Loose Change, WonderRoot’s literary magazine and has had their short fiction appear in PosteHaste Quarterly and The Red Clay Review. Junior’s publishing credits also include copy-editing Business Acumen II. They hold a Master of Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Junior now lives in Reynoldstown with their many cats. 

Monica Collins

Real Estate Coordinator

As a native of the Atlanta, Monica brings 25 years of experience with Local Government Municipalities to her role at ABI, including the City of Atlanta, City of College Park & Columbus Consolidated Government, servicing in: Real Estate Development, Permitting, Demolition, Structural Inspections, Property Maintenance and Management.

Read more about Monica Collins

 Ms. Collins’ education includes a Master of Management with a concentration in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Property Management, both from Colorado Technical University (CTU). She holds and continues to be certified as an International Housing Inspector (IPMC) and Renovation, Repair & Paint with Georgia EPD (RRP). She is now completing her Masters of Science in Public Administration at CTU.

Cecilia Leal

Housing Policy and Development Coordinator

Cecilia Leal joined the Atlanta BeltLine Inc in August 2016 as the Housing and Policy Development Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for the coordination and execution of a nascent owner-occupied rehabilitation program. Ms. Leal will also provide support  in the management of a downpayment assistance program, assistance in the predevelopment of ABI owned lands and utilizes data and analysis to track housing progress and trends along the Atlanta BeltLine . 

Read more about Cecilia Leal

Prior to joining the Atlanta Beltline, Ms. Leal was a planner with the City of Sandy Springs. As a long range planner with the city, she coordinated land use planning and development projects, assisted in comprehensive planning and the city’s zoning code rewrite, and drafted policy for the city’s first inclusionary housing project. During her graduate studies at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, Ms. Leal was engaged as a fellow at the Atlanta Beltline, aiding the Economic Development department. She conducted research for both the Center for State and Local Finance and AYSPS while completing her Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Economic Development and Planning. Ms. Leal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and French from the University of Florida.

Rhonda Forge

Front Office Coordinator

Rhonda Forge joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as Front Desk Office Coordinator in January 2013. Rhonda assists with daily office management and coordinates all front desk activities and duties. Rhonda, a native Missourian, transferred to the Atlanta area over 13 years ago with shipping giant Federal Express.  She has worked in the transportation and logistics field for over 20 years. Rhonda received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri and is currently studying for her certification as a Data Base Administrator.

Distinguished Leadership

The Atlanta BeltLine is having a profound impact on the City of Atlanta and the region. The involvement and cooperation of leaders from across the City is vital to the project, and the guidance and commitment from our Board of Directors is particularly crucial to the continued success of the Atlanta BeltLine.

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors

The Honorable Kasim Reed
Mayor, City of Atlanta

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2014 Mayor Kasim Reed HeadshotKasim Reed is the 59th Mayor of the City of Atlanta. He was elected to a second term on November 5, 2013 and took the oath of office on January 6, 2014. Elected with a clear mandate for fiscal reform, Mayor Reed has increased core city services and reduced the City’s spending during the worst recession in 80 years.

Since taking office, he has hired more than 900 police officers and created the largest police force in the city’s history, re-opened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people and improved fire-rescue response times. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability. Mayor Reed began his term facing a $48 million budget shortfall; under his leadership, the city has had four years of balanced budgets with no property tax increases, and its cash reserves have grown from $7.4 million to more than $127 million.

Mayor Reed has received numerous accolades since taking office. In 2013, he was ranked among the top ten most influential African-Americans in the nation by The Root, a publication of the Washington Post Company. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington D.C. honored him with the Louis E. Martin Great American Award, saying he “heralds a new and creative approach to leadership.” In 2011, Governing Magazine named Mayor Reed as one of the top state and local government officials of the year. Thomas Friedman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times columnist and author of “That Used to Be Us,” called Reed “inspiring” and labeled him as “one of the best of this new breed of leaders.” In his book “We Can All Do Better,” former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley cited Reed’s straightforward approach in successfully reforming the city’s pension plan and wrote: “We need more of that kind of candor.”

Mayor Reed’s civic leadership and service have been nationally recognized on programs such as Meet the Press and on news outlets such as MSNBC, CNN, FOX and CNBC, and in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Delta Sky Magazine. Mayor Reed has been a guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences, including the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, New York Ideas, New Cities Summit, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America, the Gathering of Leaders and recently delivered his first TED talk at TEDCity2.0.

As a champion for Atlanta and the State of Georgia, Mayor Reed serves on a number of advisory committees. He is Chairman of the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Chairman of the Regional Transit Committee of the Atlanta Regional Commission. In November 2013, he joined Vice President Joe Biden to tour the Panama Canal and advocate for the deepening of the Port of Savannah; Georgia’s largest economic development project to date. He is a member of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2007, Leadership Georgia Class of 2000 and Leadership Atlanta Class of 1998.

Prior to his election, Mayor Reed established a track record of leadership during his 11 years as a member of the Georgia General Assembly. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1998 and served two terms. From 2002 to 2009, he served in the Georgia State Senate, where he was Vice Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is a former partner of Holland and Knight LLP, an international law firm.

Mayor Reed is a graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees and an honorary Doctor of Laws. As an undergraduate member of Howard University’s Board of Trustees, he created a fundraising program that has contributed more than $10 million to the school’s endowment since its inception. Mayor Reed was appointed as Howard University’s youngest General Trustee in June 2002 and remains a dedicated member of the Board of Trustees.

Mayor Reed enjoys attending sports events and reading. Some favorite books include Master of the Senate by Robert Caro and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass. He likes playing golf with his father, Junius Reed, and calls his mother, Sylvia Reed, his “best friend.” He also enjoys spending time with his three older brothers: Chuck, Carlton and Tracy.

The mayor lives in the Cascade community of Southwest Atlanta with his wife, Sarah-Elizabeth, and their daughter, Maria Kristan. He is a member of Cascade United Methodist Church.

John Somerhalder

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John Somerhalder 2015John W. Somerhalder II was named president and chief executive officer of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) in March 2006 and was named chairman of the company’s board of directors in November 2007. Somerhalder retired from AGL Resources on December 31, 2015.

With four decades in the energy industry, including state and regulatory experience in multiple jurisdictions, Somerhalder provided seasoned leadership to AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations.  As the nation’s largest natural gas-only distributor based on customer count, AGL Resources served approximately 4.5 million utility customers in seven states through its regulated distribution subsidiaries:  Atlanta Gas Light, Chattanooga Gas, Elizabethtown Gas, Elkton Gas, Florida City Gas, Nicor Gas and Virginia Natural Gas.  The company also served more than one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services.  Other non-utility businesses included asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities.  In August 2015, AGL Resources entered into an agreement to sell the company to Southern Company in an all cash transaction, the deal closed on July 1, 2016.

Somerhalder joined AGL Resources from El Paso Corporation, where he spent almost 30 years, rising through the ranks from engineer to president of El Paso Pipeline Group and executive vice president of El Paso Corporation.

He served on the board of directors of the American Gas Association, which he chaired in 2011.  He also served on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.  He has served as past chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.  He currently serves as a director of Crestwood Equity Partners LP and the Gas Technology Institute and is a Member of the National Petroleum Council.

Somerhalder is chairman of the board of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., which is leading the development of the Atlanta BeltLine along 22 miles of historic railroad around the city.  A member of the board of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, he successfully chaired the 2009 United Way Campaign for metro Atlanta during difficult economic times and served an unprecedented second term as chair of the 2010 campaign.

Somerhalder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona.

He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Atlanta.  They have four grown children and six grandchildren.

Elizabeth B. Chandler
Vice Chair

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Beth ChandlerMs. Chandler is currently the Vice President and General Counsel for Rollins, Inc. She has 16 years of in-house experience and 12 years of large firm experience in Atlanta. Her industry experience includes consumer services, energy, retail and government affairs, and she has managed legal departments ranging from four to 85. Her experience includes high profile transactions and litigation, including class actions. She has excellent relationships with the Atlanta law firms and have retained most of them throughout her career using competitive bidding processes. She has advised four public company Boards of Directors and six CEOs on a wide variety of matters, covering IPOs, bankruptcy, litigation and transactions. She has also handled large international acquisitions and financing transactions.

Ernestine Garey
Invest Atlanta appointee

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Ernestine 1_pp head shotErnestine W. Garey is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Invest Atlanta, the City of Atlanta’s economic development agency.

In her capacity as COO, Ms. Garey manages and directs the day to day activities of Invest Atlanta’s operating departments and is the strategic liaison fortifying relationships with the Board of Directors, Atlanta City Council and other governmental and community stakeholders.  Invest Atlanta’s economic toolkit includes bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing and tax credits.

During her 30 year tenure with Invest Atlanta, she also served as Managing Director of Housing Finance and was instrumental in the issuance of over $1 billion in housing revenue bonds, creating over 15,000 units of affordable workforce housing, both rental and homeownership, in the City of Atlanta.

She holds a Master’s Degree from Clark Atlanta University in French with further studies at Georgia State University in Urban Policy.

She is the President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA), the premier advocacy group of affordable housing professionals.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

The Honorable Cynthia Briscoe Brown
Atlanta Board of Education, Seat 8 At-Large

Read Mrs. Briscoe Brown's Biography

Cynthia Briscoe BrownCynthia Briscoe Brown was sworn in to the Atlanta Board of Education, Seat 8 At-Large, in January 2014.  But since the early 1990s she has worked publicly and behind the scenes for all kids, devoting herself to making sure every child gets everything he or she needs to succeed.

A graduate of Davidson College and Vanderbilt Law School, Cynthia uses her 30 years of experience as an attorney to help students, teachers and families across the city.  She has assisted several APS schools in forming their own nonprofit foundations and frequently donates her expertise to students with legal issues related to college and scholarship applications.

Cynthia serves or has served on the boards of the Calvin Center, the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, the Committee for Teaching About the United Nations/Atlanta, and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta, creating partnerships with each organization and opportunities for students and teachers across the city to improve their skills and enrich their lives.  As a volunteer with Young Audiences of Atlanta, Cynthia helped develop and implement the smART stART program, using visual and performing arts experiences to improve and encourage the reading skills of economically disadvantaged kindergarten students.

During the three terms she and her husband served as co-presidents of North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools (NAPPS), Cynthia was a unifying force for the North Atlanta cluster of schools and APS as a whole. Cynthia emphasized positive community engagement by supporting APS schools and students, and developing and nurturing strong media relations. She reached out to cluster organizations and community groups across the city to identify common goals and provide a consistent voice for children throughout Atlanta.

Cynthia has served on the PTA executive boards in each of her children’s schools.  As a trustee of the North Atlanta High School Foundation, she worked to identify and creatively meet the needs of every student.  She developed and ran a successful teacher incentive program to engage teachers, build collegiality and reward them for extraordinary support of their students and colleagues.  She has participated in several APS facilities construction or renovation project committees on behalf of community stakeholders.

Cynthia and her husband, James F. (Jim) Brown Jr., are both Atlanta natives and practicing attorneys. They are active in music and service ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. They have two children, both of whom have attended APS schools since kindergarten.

Dallas Clement
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Appointee

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Dallas_Clement_Formal_SmallDallas Clement is executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With $18 billion in revenue, Cox Enterprises is one of the nation’s largest private companies. He is responsible for the company’s audit; financial planning and analysis; financial reporting and control; tax; and treasury functions. He also oversees corporate strategy and investments; information technology; legal; public policy; risk management; supply chain services; and sustainability operations.

Clement was previously executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cox Automotive, the company’s division that touches three out of four vehicle transactions in the U.S., and spent 20 years at Cox Communications, the company’s broadband communications and entertainment division that serves six million residences and businesses. Clement received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University.

The Honorable Joan Garner
Fulton County Board of Commissioners, District 4

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Joan Garner 2015 Head ShotCommissioner Joan P. Garner is a native of Washington D.C., but made Atlanta her home in 1978.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Howard University. Commissioner Garner is devoted to building healthier communities in Fulton County by advocating for policies, resources, and collaborative partnerships that create productive environments for citizens to live, work, and play.

She is very active in building healthy communities and serves on several steering committees through the National Association of Counties and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.  She is currently in her 2nd term serving as Fulton County Commissioner for District 4, where she resides in the Historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood with her partner, Judge Jane Morrison.

The Honorable Natalyn Archibong
Atlanta City Councilmember, District 5

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Natalyn Mosby Archibong is serving her fourth term as a member of the Atlanta City Council.  She is a proud graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Georgia Southwestern University, her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University, and her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Georgia.  Prior to her election in 2001, Archibong was very active in many civic and community organizations.  She founded the East Atlanta Business Association, and served three consecutive terms as its president.  Under her leadership, the East Atlanta Village grew to become a distinctive commercial node, attracting a diverse and eclectic mix of businesses providing retail, entertainment, food, and services.  As an educational activist, Archibong served as Corporate Secretary for APPLE Corps, Inc., and she established a parent sponsored public school advocacy group, OASIS: Organized Association of Schools in Southeast Atlanta.

Professionally, Archibong began her career as an Educational Evaluator with the State Department of Education.  Later, she served as the Crim Cluster Coordinator through The Atlanta Project, and became the Executive Director of the DeKalb Initiative for Children and Families.  She is currently an attorney in private practice, and her office is located within the Council District she serves.

Archibong was introduced to excellence in education, civic involvement and public service early in life by her parents. In fact, public service has become a family tradition.  Her father, Nathaniel Mosby (an Army veteran and career Federal Government employee),  was a former DeKalb County Commissioner, and her mother, Gwendolyn Mosby, is a retired Atlanta Public School teacher.

Archibong currently serves as the Chair of the City Utilities Committee, and as a member on the Finance Executive, Committee on Council, and Transportation Committees. At its January 2009 meeting, Archibong was appointed the President Pro Tempore of the Council, by the unanimous vote of her colleagues.

Her legislative accomplishments include sponsoring zoning legislation which resulted in the Edgewood Retail District and the creation of over 1,600 jobs and more than 10.1 million dollars in tax revenue, establishing a taskforce to study the environmental hazards associated with second-hand smoke, legislation acquiring more than 10 acres of greenspace in District 5, legislation directing the City’s Chief Financial Officer to provide greater transparency in matters regarding the City’s financial standing, as well as legislation establishing a 911 Taskforce to resolve jurisdictional issues involving Atlanta-in-DeKalb emergency response. Archibong served as:  Chair of the City Utilities Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of Atlanta’s General Employees Pension Fund, a member of the 2003 Class of Leadership Atlanta, Trustee of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, and Board member, East Lake YMCA.

Archibong was recognized as a Top Woman of Influence in 2012 by the Atlanta Business League.

Archibong is divorced and has a daughter, Miriam.  Miriam, a product of the Atlanta Public School System, is a graduate of both Spelman College and Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she is currently enrolled in law school.  Miriam recently spent a year studying the educational system in Singapore, as the result of being awarded a Fulbright Research scholarship.

Ayana Gabriel
Community Representative

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A.Gabriel_headshot_2Ayana L. Gabriel is currently a Program Officer for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. In this role she manages over $1.5M in education grant funding. The education portfolio includes a STEAM grant initiative, early childhood education, education reform, and education initiatives on the Westside.

Ayana began her career as a Chemical Engineer at Merck, Inc., but her passion for improving education opportunities for urban children led her to leave her engineering career to pursue a role as an educator in Atlanta Public Schools.

As a science teacher at Bunche Middle School Ayana revitalized the Science Club, which had been absent for two years, dramatically increasing student membership. She was then chosen to become part of the charter team that founded the School of Computer Animation and Design (CAD) at the South Atlanta Educational Complex; an initiative sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

After five years in the APS system, Ayana joined the education non-profit, Teach For America (TFA) to work on education policy and to systemically improve national public education.  She served as the Managing Director of Diversity and Strategy for the Admissions unit of TFA, where she consulted on diversity and equity initiatives contributing to the most diverse incoming corps in Teach For America’s history. This follows her role as Managing Director of Program where she oversaw the development of over 300 new Atlanta teachers through their training and development.

Ayana has been a resident of southwest Atlanta since 2006 where she served as President of the Westview Community Organization. Under her leadership the neighborhood saw the largest increase in community engagement in over a decade and new business investment, contributing to the revitalization of Southwest Atlanta. It also acquired over $15,000 in grant money for community work including a summer STEAM camp for local youth.

Ayana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Secondary Education Science Certification from Mercer University.  Ayana is the Community Representative for The Atlanta Beltline, Inc. Board and 2014 New Leaders Council (NLC) alumni.

Board of Directors Meeting Schedule and Documents

The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Approved agendas and meeting minutes are maintained in the Atlanta BeltLine Board Meetings page, along with monthly financial reports. In some months, additional supporting documents may be included as well.

Visit Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors Meetings to view schedule and documentation →

To request documents pertaining to Board of Directors meetings, please contact:

Nina Hickson
Board Secretary
Vice President and General Counsel

Tel: (404) 447-3691

Companions on Our Journey

Projects of great magnitude and significance require extraordinary partnerships to bring them to life. The Atlanta BeltLine is the ultimate example of these kinds of partnerships. A successful combination of governmental, non-profit, private and philanthropic partners makes our work possible. In addition to Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP), these are organizations work tirelessly to make the Atlanta BeltLine a reality.

City of Atlanta
The City of Atlanta is the ultimate owner of all components of the Atlanta BeltLine. There is a tremendous amount of daily coordination with the Mayor’s office, City Departments and the City Council to deliver all aspects of the project. Learn more
TAD Partners
In addition to the City of Atlanta, Fulton County and the Atlanta Public Schools are the other taxing jurisdictions that participate in the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD).
Invest Atlanta
Formerly The Atlanta Development Authority, Invest Atlanta is the City of Atlanta’s economic development arm and the Redevelopment Agent for the Atlanta BeltLine TAD. Invest Atlanta formed ABI in 2006 to be the Implementation Agent for the Atlanta BeltLine, managing all TAD resources and other funding sources. The Atlanta BeltLine TAD is the only one of the City’s 10 TADs with its own implementing entity due to the scale and nature of the project. Learn more
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has worked with the Atlanta BeltLine from its earliest days of implementation playing a key role as a partner on the critical transit studies and planning activities. MARTA will continue to play a role as a partner as transit is developed on the Atlanta BeltLine and elsewhere in the City of Atlanta. Learn more
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has been an active partner with the project on transportation and Right-of-Way related matters, including partnering with ABI to make 3.5 miles of the former rail corridor available for the Atlanta BeltLine. Learn more
Atlanta Regional Commission
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization and has been a key planning partner for the Atlanta BeltLine. The ARC has also programmed more than $20 million in federal funds for the Atlanta BeltLine through the Transportation Improvement Program and Livable Communities Initiative. Learn more
U.S. Department of Transportation
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) works with the Atlanta BeltLine through the Federal Transit Administration on transit planning and implementation, and the Federal Highway Administration on trail planning and implementation. Learn more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency works with the Atlanta BeltLine to help remediate the roughly 1,100 acres of brownfields within the Atlanta BeltLine TAD. Learn more
U.S. Economic Development Administration
The Economic Development Administration has assisted ABI with a grant for an economic feasibility study of Murphy Crossing on the Westside Trail in southwest Atlanta. The EDA is a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). Learn more
National Endowment for the Arts
This Atlanta BeltLine arts programs are supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, including grants for the Reynoldstown Stage and the Art and Culture Master Plan. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit
PATH Foundation
As a key partner from the earliest days of the project, the PATH Foundation works with ABI and ABLP to develop the Atlanta BeltLine’s 33-mile trail network, including securing private funding. Learn more
The Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund (the Fund) partners with ABI on loans to secure real estate and other assets around the corridor. Loans from the Fund have contributed to preservation of the corridor, creation of affordable housing, and brownfield remediation. Learn more.
Trees Atlanta
As part of making the Atlanta BeltLine a truly green project, Trees Atlanta works with ABI to create the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, providing funding and expertise to both plant thousands of new trees and remove invasive species to restore the natural landscape. Learn more
Trust for Public Land
As an early champion of the project, TPL was heavily instrumental in making the Atlanta BeltLine a reality by commissioning Alex Garvin’s Emerald Necklace study and acquiring several key parcels of land for a number of new Atlanta BeltLine parks. Learn more
Park Pride
Working with the community to develop and improve parks is what Park Pride does, and in this role they have helped shape some of the greenspaces around the Atlanta BeltLine. They also work with ABI and ABLP administering the Adopt-the-Atlanta-BeltLine program. Learn more
The Atlanta BeltLine Capital Campaign
More than 700 donors large and small have contributed to the Atlanta BeltLine Capital Campaign, including some of the most civic-minded and respected foundations and corporations in Atlanta. Become one of the tremendous supporters of the Atlanta BeltLine. Learn more
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General Inquiries

To learn more about how the Atlanta BeltLine is helping to broaden the opportunities of our region, please contact:

Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 2300
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Tel: (404)477-3571