Rob Brawner is the Executive Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Leveraging the Partnership’s staff and consultants, and working closely with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders, Rob leads the Partnership in its broad-based, collaborative focus on ensuring the promise of stronger communities and equitable, sustainable benefit to the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods and beyond. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the Partnership’s strategic plan, as well as capital and operational fundraising – and stewardship of the private and philanthropic funds that support of the construction of the project.
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Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Rob built his operations and management expertise during an eight year career at McMaster-Carr, which included roles as Director of Sales and Marketing and Director of Physical Distribution. He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1996 with a degree in Economics and two NCAA National Championships in lacrosse. He received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2006.
Rob has been actively engaged with many local non-profit organizations since moving to Atlanta in 1996 and currently serves on the board of the Poncey Highland Neighborhood Association, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and their son Nathan.
David A. Jackson
Deputy Executive Director
David A. Jackson is the Deputy Executive Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. David leads the work for two critical parts of the Partnership’s mission: engaging the public and empowering residents in the Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. His responsibilities include working with partners to implement programs and strategies that engage users of the Atlanta BeltLine and strengthen Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity.
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David is a native New Yorker who has called metro Atlanta home for almost twenty years. He holds a B.S. in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. David has held leadership roles in housing, philanthropic, community economic development, and neighborhood revitalization organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, The Center for Working Families and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
David has served on boards of several Atlanta non-profits and is engaged with organizations working to improve conditions in Atlanta’s underserved communities.
Director of Partnerships and Development
Salisha Evans is the Director of Partnerships and Development and manages the Partnership’s capital and operational fundraising efforts. In this role, she works with individuals, private companies, and philanthropic institutions looking to become involved with Atlanta BeltLine Partnership programming, events and charitable giving.
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Salisha is an Atlanta native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a MPA in non-profit management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She has worked in development at the American Red Cross and the Be The Match Foundation, and for eight years she managed fundraising campaigns for Coxe Curry & Associates, Atlanta’s oldest non-profit consulting firm. Salisha volunteers with numerous organizations in Atlanta and is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and the League of Women Voters.
Alice Weston is the Program Manager and coordinates public programming including the Free Fitness Series, tours, the Neighborhood Festival Series, volunteers, and the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series.
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Alice is a Savannah native and a current “Cabbagetown townie.” She holds B.A.’s in both Human Rights and Photography from Bard College. Alice was previously the Manager of Visitor Experience at the Museum of Design Atlanta and interned at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Alice can often be found eating King of Pops and walking the Eastside trail with her beagle/hound mix June.
Natalie Aiken is the Development Manager who, in coordination with the Director of Partnerships and Development, manages the Partnership’s capital and operational fundraising efforts including donor acknowledgment, reporting and support for programs and events.
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Natalie is a northerner at heart—she grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania—but made a permanent move to Atlanta in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC. She has worked in development at both Atlanta International School and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Natalie volunteers with many organizations including the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Shepherd Center and the Junior League of Atlanta.
John Becker is the Communications Coordinator and has overall responsibility for the Partnership’s external communications, media relations and marketing.
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John is a 35-year Atlanta resident and holds a B.A. in German from Auburn University. In 2006, after twenty years in health care technology sales and marketing, John refocused his career on communications. John has been in charge of communications for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association since 2010 where he documented development, implementation and early use of the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. He has served as co-chair of Virginia-Highland’s Summerfest for the past three years.
John is a racquetball player, avid digital photographer and fan of all things Auburn. He and his dog Chris live in a condo on the Eastside Trail in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood.
Jen Treman is the Office Manager and provides administrative and office support to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership staff.
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Jen is a native of North Carolina but has called Georgia home since 2010. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Georgia, recently receiving her advanced degree in Nonprofit Management. Jen was previously the nonprofit management intern at Georgia River Network.
Jen has a weakness for all things ‘animal’ and she is passionate about environmental sustainability issues. In her spare time, Jen enjoys creating vegetarian feasts & rummaging through antique stores.
Sheliese Smith is the Development Coordinator providing support for operational fundraising efforts including the Annual Campaign and the Membership Program. Sheliese works closely with the Development Manager on gift acknowledgement and membership benefit fulfillment.
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Sheliese is originally from New York but has called Atlanta home for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Public Policy. Sheliese has also worked in Development at the DeKalb Library Foundation and interned at United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Community Foundation.
Sheliese is a lover of all things art and interior design and when the weather permits, she can be found biking on the Northside Trail near Atlantic Station.