Four community leaders join the board of directors
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership welcomes four new members to its board of directors. The following community members will provide leadership to advance the organization’s efforts to enable the Atlanta BeltLine project, engage the public, and empower residents in surrounding neighborhoods:
- Moses Carroll, Founder & CEO of MC Healthcare, Inc.
- Jessica Hussain, CPA, Partner – Retail, Franchise & Hospitality Group of Aprio
- Carlos F. Perez, President & Founder of Perez Planning + Design, LLC
- Latresa McLawhorn Ryan, Executive Director of Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative
“We are thrilled to have this diverse group of leaders join our board,” said Bentina Terry, chair of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and senior vice president Region External Affairs and Community Engagement at Georgia Power. “The knowledge they bring strengthens the organization’s connectivity to Southside and Westside communities and small businesses.”
With tremendous momentum behind the Atlanta BeltLine following significant funding milestones in 2021, the new board members will provide important technical expertise and financial acumen to enhance the Partnership’s stewardship of philanthropic investments in BeltLine parks, trails, and programs.
“The insights, skills, and relationships these talented leaders provide will be instrumental as we work with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and other partners to advance the vision of a more equitable, connected Atlanta,” said Executive Director Rob Brawner.
Moses Carroll is an entrepreneur, community advocate, and CEO of FitSquad Studios, Inc. in the heart of the historic Pittsburgh community. He also serves as the president of the Pittsburgh, Adair Park, Capitol View, & Capitol View Manor Rails and Trails Business Association.
Moses is the founder of MC Healthcare, Inc., a non-profit organization developed to educate and create awareness for individuals and small business operators in underserved areas that would like to establish a wellness program for their employees. With more than 25 years of fitness industry experience, he also is the creative director of Pole Dance America production. He designed an innovative and challenging competition format using gymnastics and theatrical performances that tours across the United States.
Jessica Hussain, CPA, is a partner in the Retail, Franchise & Hospitality group at Aprio with more than a decade of experience in public accounting. She also leads Aprio’s Excelle women’s program that strives to foster the growth and development of women.
Jessica is a GSCPA Leadership Academy graduate and her professional affiliations include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Executive Board secretary and Grant Committee co-chair of the Aprio Foundation, and Upstream Academy’s Emerging Leaders Program.
Carlos F. Perez is the president and founder of Perez Planning + Design, LLC. Carlos has led or collaborated on more than 50 parks and recreation system plans for cities throughout the United States including Seattle, Washington; Washington D.C.; Raleigh, North Carolina; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Sarasota County, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; and Downtown San Diego, California. His firm was also a subconsultant for Activate ATL, the City of Atlanta’s Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Carlos is a former board member and vice-chair of Park Pride; a founding board member of the Atlanta Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation; a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Leadership Class of 2014; and serves on the Advisory Council for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida.
Latresa McLawhorn Ryan is the executive director of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative, a data-centered nonprofit dedicated to closing the racial wealth gap. AWBI uniquely leverages national and international best practices, bold ideas, thought leadership, movement building, and strategic capital to create shared prosperity for Black people in Atlanta.
With a deep personal commitment to strengthening communities, Latresa serves as a board member and former chair of the Grove Park Foundation and is a board member for the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the United Way of Greater Atlanta Community Engagement Council.
A full listing of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s 2022 Board of Directors can be found here.
About the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) ENABLES the Atlanta BeltLine project by raising funds from the private sector and philanthropic community, ENGAGES the public through programming and outreach and EMPOWERS the residents of the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods through targeted partnerships in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, please visit beltline.org.