Southwest Connector Trail

Bicyclists ride the Southwest Connector Trail at the grand opening ceremony.
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Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Staff & Board

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Staff

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership staff is a dedicated team working to raise awareness and funding for the Atlanta BeltLine project. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership staff works closely with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. the City of Atlanta, and Partner organizations to make the Atlanta BeltLine vision a reality.

Valarie Wilson

Executive Director

Valarie Wilson serves as Executive Director of the BeltLine Partnership, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering support for Atlanta’s BeltLine, the largest urban revitalization project in America. As executive director, Ms. Wilson is responsible for a capital campaign to raise $60 million in private funds to meet critical BeltLine needs, and she oversees an extensive program of public education and community outreach initiatives.

Read more about Valarie Wilson

Ms. Wilson has a 20-year background in public service and meeting community needs. Before being selected to lead the BeltLine Partnership in August 2006, she served as Director of the Fulton County Human Services Department, responsible for an annual budget of $26 million and directing programs that serve the elderly, children and youth. During her tenure as director, she developed initiatives that secured millions of dollars for service delivery and spearheaded the creation of three non-profit agencies that deliver aging programs throughout Fulton County. Before her role as department director, she served as director of the Office of Aging from 1991-96.

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Clark College who holds a bachelor of arts in communications, and she completed graduate studies at Troy State University in public administration. She is an elected member of the City of Decatur’s Board of Education, serves as President of the Georgia School Boards Association, is a member of the Decatur Education Foundation, serves on the board of the Decatur Arts Alliance, and is a board member of the National Community Land Trust Network. Ms. Wilson is a native of Swainsboro, Georgia but now lives in Decatur with her husband, Carter; her son, Nicholas, is a junior at Georgia State University.

Rob Brawner

Program Director

Rob Brawner serves as Program Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. As Program Director, Rob guides the Partnership’s efforts to cultivate broad-based support for the Atlanta BeltLine, generate private sector investment in the project, and address the social and economic impacts resulting from its development.

Read more about Rob Brawner

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 as president of the Poncey Highland Neighborhood Association, where he lives with his wife Stephanie and their son Nathan.

Lindsey Hardegree

Development Director
Lindsey Hardegree serves as Development Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABLP).  As Development Director, Lindsey is responsible for developing and implementing the revenue strategy for ABLP and for achieving ABLP’s annual fundraising and sponsorship goals.

Read more about Lindsey Hardegree

Prior to joining ABLP she served as the Special Events & Board Manager for the Alliance Theatre.  Lindsey’s involvement in the Atlanta community includes serving as the founding Board Chair for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Atlanta (YNPN Atlanta) and as a Young Professional Leaders Advisory Board Member for the United Way of Greater Atlanta.  She also volunteers with the Junior League of Atlanta and with the 1873 Society Club junior board of the Atlanta Humane Society.  Lindsey was selected as a 2013 Diversity Fellow by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Atlanta and received a 2013 Nonprofit Leaders 30 Under 30 Award from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

She earned her BA in both English and theatre from Wake Forest University and her MFA in performing arts management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Howard Lalli

Communications Director

Sharron Sylvain

Volunteer Programs Manager

Sharron Sylvain is the Volunteer Programs Manager for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. In this capacity Sharron coordinates the over 1000 volunteers to staff events, canvass neighborhoods, and share the Atlanta BeltLine message.

Alexia Wynn

Office Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ms. Clara Axam - Finance  Committee Chair
President
Clarification and Mediation, Inc

Mr. Dallas Clement
Executive Vice President & CFO
AutoTrader Group

Mr. Mike Donnelly
Regional President
Wells Fargo Bank

Ms. Jennifer Dorian - Communications & Marketing Committee Chair 
Chief Strategy Officer, Strategy Development
Turner Entertainment Networks

Mr. Curley Dossman - Development Committee Chair
President
Georgia-Pacific Foundation

Mr. Walter Dukes
Senior Vice President
Georgia Power Company

Dr. Gerald L. Durley
Pastor Emeritus
Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Mr. Ralph Edwards, Jr.
Managing Director
EBS Real Estate Investments

Mr. William “Bill” Fowler
Chairman, PATH Foundation

Mr. Ryan Gravel
Urban Designer
Perkins + Will

Ms. Helen Hatch, FAIA
Principal Emeritus
TVS Design

Mr. Harvey Hill
Alston & Bird LLP

Mr. Phil Kent
Chairman and CEO
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Mr. Kerry Kohnen
President
Kaiser Permanente

Ms. Rebecca Lynn-Crockford
Senior V.P. - Total Rewards Center of Expertise
SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Ms. Penny McPhee
President
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Ira L. Moreland
Managing Director
ICV Partners

Jim Morgens
President
Morgens Property and Investment Co.

Mr. Ken Richards
President
Resource Mosaic

Julie C. Seitz
Director, Workplace 2020
The Coca-Cola Company

Mr. Charlie Shufeldt - Chairman of the Board of Directors
Senior Advisor
Brown Brothers Harriman and Co

Mr. John Somerhalder
President and CEO
AGL Resources

Ms. Mtamanika Youngblood - Programs Committee Chair