ATLANTA – Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ayana Gabriel to its Board of Directors. Ms. Gabriel was appointed by Atlanta City Council to fill the Board’s Community Representative position. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Gabriel was a member of the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC) and ably served two terms in this capacity. She is currently a Program Officer for The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, where she manages a $3.2 million grants portfolio and leads the Westside Education Collaborative.
Before joining the Blank Family Foundation, Ms. Gabriel served as the Diversity and Strategy Director for the Admissions Unit of Teach for America, where she managed strategic planning and implementation of various diversity and equity initiatives for the team. Prior to this role, Ms. Gabriel had been an educator for many years in Atlanta Public Schools and an advocate for public education. Additionally, Ms. Gabriel’s advocacy extends beyond the classroom as she is a former President of the Westview Community Organization, and in that role, served as a leader of the revitalization and historic preservation of her community and strong proponent of community engagement.
“Ayana Gabriel will bring a unique and valued perspective to the Board,” said John Somerhalder, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We welcome her contribution to ABI and look forward to working with her as we continue to advance the Atlanta BeltLine.”
Ms. Gabriel will begin her service at the ABI Board meeting on May 11.