ATLANTA (November 30, 2016) – David A. Jackson has been named Deputy Executive Director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Jackson, who most recently served as Visiting Community and Economic Development Advisor for Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, will support the nonprofit organization’s mission to secure private, corporate, and philanthropic support to enable the Atlanta BeltLine project, engage the public through programming and outreach, and empower Atlanta BeltLine residents to connect with economic opportunity, housing, and better health.
“David brings valuable experience in neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing strategy to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership team,” said Executive Director Rob Brawner. “His passion for community transformation and understanding of issues affecting Atlanta BeltLine communities is a perfect fit for the work we do with Atlanta BeltLine residents and supporters.”
The new Deputy Executive Director will lead efforts to engage the public in innovative, creative and impactful ways – cultivating broad-based support for the project. In this capacity, he will continue the work that has resulted in more than 35,000 people touring the Atlanta BeltLine, more than 20,000 joining free fitness classes, and more than 12,000 participating in the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series, as well as over 2,000 Atlantans registering for volunteer programs.
Jackson will also devote attention to creating partnerships and advancing strategies that empower residents in Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods – leveraging the Atlanta BeltLine to connect them to housing, better health, and economic opportunity in collaboration with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the project’s implementing entity. Under Jackson’s leadership, the organization will build on its past efforts to advance permanently affordable housing, connect homeowners with resources to stay in their communities, increase physical activity, and create employment opportunities through workforce partnerships in construction and healthcare.
During his 31-year career, Jackson has worked extensively in affordable and equitable housing and other neighborhood revitalization and community building issues around the country. At the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, he engaged communities to inform policy on blight remediation and durable housing affordability in the Southeast. Jackson previously served as executive director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, President & CEO of The Center for Working Families in Atlanta and worked with the One Economy Corporation, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and The Enterprise Foundation.
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