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Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Putting Progress in Motion

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) secures private, corporate, and philanthropic support for the Atlanta BeltLine. Through these relationships, the Partnership seek to enable the Atlanta BeltLine project, engage the public, and empower residents in surrounding neighborhoods. ABP also develops dynamic programs to raise awareness, generate advocacy and outreach, and ensure the Atlanta BeltLine benefits residents of all socio-economic levels.

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is the private, independent non-profit created in 2005 to advance the Atlanta BeltLine vision. We work to Enable the Project [raise private sector capital], Engage the Public [grow civic support], and Empower the Residents of the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods [provide positive socio-economic outcomes].

Our mission is to recruit, align and convene partners to fulfill the Atlanta BeltLine vision in targeted, strategic and coordinated ways. We broker relationships that help advance our mission, and thereby further the collaborative network of organizations and agencies working on the project’s behalf.

Enable the Project

The public funding sources – the City of Atlanta, the tax allocation district, the US Department of Transportation and others – are not enough to complete the ambitious 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop of parks, trails and transit. The Partnership helps fill this gap by developing relationships and soliciting investment from the private sector and the philanthropic community. With this role comes a responsibility for stewardship of the funds we raise – donors want to be sure their contributions are utilized effectively, and some investors have specific mandates they want to see fulfilled. The Partnership provides that oversight and regularly communicates both progress and problem areas. To date, we have raised over $54 million in corporate and philanthropic funding.

Engage the Public

The Atlanta BeltLine needs sustained public support throughout construction and implementation to ensure favorable political will and continued philanthropic investment. The Partnership cultivates goodwill and buy-in by first engaging users in innovative, creative and impactful ways, and then working to convert those users into advocates and active supporters. More than 20,000 have taken our Atlanta BeltLine tours either on foot, bike or our bus. Our Run.Walk.Go! Race Series has drawn more than 10,000 participants, attendance at our neighborhoods festivals has topped 11,000, over 2,000 have signed up for our volunteer programs, and more than 5,000 have joined in for our free fitness classes.

Empower the Residents

The vision of the Atlanta BeltLine is for a better connected, more prosperous, healthier Atlanta. The Partnership helps fulfill this vision by convening and aligning partner organizations that work collaboratively to leverage this transformative infrastructure project in ways that strengthen the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods, particularly in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity. Our role in this area is that of a catalyst – cultivating partnerships and effectively linking teams of stakeholders and institutions – and not that of a service delivery provider or program manager. We have successfully established partnerships in areas like workforce development, affordable housing and health with organizations such as the United Way, the Land Trust Collaborative and Georgia State University.

A Dedicated Team

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

Rob Brawner

Executive Director

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.

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

Salisha Evans

Director of Partnerships
Salisha Evans is the Director of Partnerships and works with individuals, private companies, non-profit organizations and philanthropic institutions looking to become involved with Atlanta BeltLine programming, events and charitable giving.

Read more about Salisha Evans

Salisha is an Atlanta native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and an MPA in non-profit management from Georgia State University. She has worked in development at the American Red Cross and Be The Match Foundation, and had an eight-year career managing fundraising campaigns at 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

Program Manager [Engage]
Alice Weston is Program Manager [Engage] and coordinates public programming including the Free Fitness Series, tours, the Neighborhood Festival Series, volunteers, and the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series.

Read more about Alice Weston

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 serves as the Community Outreach Chair for the World Water Relief Ambassadors, a nonprofit based in Atlanta.

Alice can often be found eating King of Pops and walking the Eastside trail with her beagle/hound mix June.

Natalie Keen

Program Manager [Enable]
Natalie Keen is Program Manager [Enable] who, in coordination with the Director of Partnerships, manages the organization’s capital and operational fundraising efforts including donor acknowledgment, reporting and support for programs and events.

Read more about Natalie Keen

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

Communications Coordinator
John Becker is Communications Coordinator and has overall responsibility for communications, public relations and marketing.

Read more about John Becker

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.

Transformative Leadership

The Atlanta BeltLine is reshaping the future of Atlanta, and requires participation from public and private enterprise, community groups, local, state, and federal government, and much more. It would not be possible without the visionary leadership of a dedicated Board of Directors committed to realizing its vision.

Chairman, Executive Committee Chair
Mr. Mike Donnelly
Executive Vice President, Atlanta Regional President
Wells Fargo Bank

Annual Fund Chair
Mr. Curley Dossman
Georgia-Pacific Foundation

Team Empower Chair
Ms. Valarie Wilson
Executive Director
Georgia School Boards Association

Team Enable Chair
Mr. Pedro Cherry
Senior Vice President, Metro Atlanta Region
Georgia Power Company

Team Engage Chair
Ms. Jennifer Dorian
Chief Strategy Officer
Turner Entertainment Networks

Finance Committee Chair
Mr. Jim Morgens
Morgens Property and Investment Co.

Nominating Committee Chair
Mr. Ken Richards
Resource Mosaic

Strategic Planning Chair
Mr. Dallas S. Clement
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Ambrish Baisiwala
Chief Executive Officer
Portman Holdings

Mr. Scott Bohrer
Vice President, Finance and Merchandising
The Home Depot

Mr. Scott Burton

Mr. Rajib Choudhury
No Limit Ventures

Mr. Gerardo E. Gonzalez
Executive Director
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Mr. Harvey Hill
Retired Senior Attorney
Alston and Bird, LLP

Ms. Rebecca Lynn-Crockford
Senior Vice President – Total Rewards Consultant
SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Ms. Julie Miller-Phipps
Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Georgia

Mr. Ira L. Moreland
Managing Director
ICV Partners

Mr. Jonathan Robinson
Associate Director of Investments
The Watt Group of Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

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

Mr. R. Charles Shufeldt
Senior Advisor, Head of Corporate Advisory
Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

Mr. John W. Somerhalder II
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
AGL Resources, Inc.

Ms. Chandra Stephens-Albright
Executive Director
C5 Georgia Youth Foundation

Mr. Gregor Turk

Rev. Portia Wills Lee
Senior Pastor & Founder
Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church

Mr. Paul Zurawski
Senior Vice President

Young Professional Leaders Moving the Vision Forward

The Atlanta BeltLine 67 (AB67) was created to support the growing interest in the Atlanta community to contribute to the Atlanta BeltLine vision on a personal level in a meaningful way. Through the efforts of this group, individuals will be provided opportunities to demonstrate their commitment to the Atlanta BeltLine, while providing the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership with an avenue to cultivate future leadership.

Who Is Involved?

AB67 is comprised of leading young professionals (under 45) who have shown an interest in serving as advocates for the Atlanta BeltLine in support of the mission of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Membership is comprised of a diverse group of individuals who represent various industries, organizations, and communities interested in the success of the Atlanta BeltLine vision, including artists, philanthropists, partners, sponsors, and educators, as well as health and wellness, nonprofit and business professionals.

Membership Details

Time Commitment

Members will be invited to attend quarterly meetings to be briefed on the progress of the organization as well as current events and activities. These meetings will contain a networking component to allow members to get to know each other and benefit from these new relationships. Members will also participate in regular committee meetings as needed by each committee and will assist with various projects and events which may require an additional time commitment. Within the first 3 months of service, members will be required to complete an Atlanta BeltLine Bus Tour.

Selection Process

Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Program Manager with a professional bio for review. All candidates will be evaluated by the Recruitment Committee based on current capacity, as well as the current make-up of the group. It is important that a variety of individuals across various sectors and communities are selected to achieve a diverse, balanced membership. Candidates will be required to submit a formal application with a statement of purpose and to participate in an interview with a member of the Recruitment Committee and/or Atlanta BeltLine staff member.

Term of Service

Members agree to serve a two-year term. Those seeking to renew their term may be eligible for re-nomination pending current capacity.

2016 Members

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is pleased to have a diverse group of individuals serving on the Young Leaders Council who represent the various industries, organizations, and communities interested in the success of the Atlanta BeltLine vision.

Katharine Wilcox Strahan
Recruitment Committee Chair
Director, Executive Search at Resource Mosaic

Heather Rogers Halcik
Special Events Committee Co-Chair
Corporate Strategy Manager at Invesco

Quincy L.A. Springs, IV
Special Events Committee Co-Chair
General Manager at Historic Westside Village Walmart

Johnson Bazzel
Customer Experience Task Force Lead
Development Associate at Wood Partners

Heather AlhadeffPresidentCenter Forward
Shawn BaldwinSVP & Group Counsel - M&A, Technology & IPEquifax Inc.
Shannon BanksEnterprise Business Development RepresentativeSalesforce
Holly BeilinCommunications SpecialistSharecare, Inc.
Erin BernhardtFilmmakerPeaceTree Productions
Rickey BevingtonSenior Anchor/CorrespondentGeorgia Public Broadcasting
Joseph BollingAssistant General CounselEquifax Inc.
Erin BrownManagerAlvarez & Marsal
Julie BrownCEOJulie Bee's Shoes
Wesley BrownProject Manager, Planning & Capital ProjectsCentral Atlanta Progress
Shirlynn BrownellProject ManagerGA Dept of Economic Development
Robin ChaninExecutive DirectorGlobal Growers Network
Kara Keene CooperProject ManagerDecide DeKalb Development Authority
Jeffrey DelpDirector of Economic DevelopmentFCS Urban Ministries
Joe DelucaMiddle School Science Dept. HeadThe Lovett School
Peter DietzProject ManagerNew South Construction
Brent EdenAdvisorNease, Lagana, Eden & Culley
Ariel EstevesRegional Director OperationsQuadMedical/Walmart Care Clinic
Stacy GalanBroker AssociateAtlanta Fine Homes - Sotheby's International Realty
Cicely GarrettFood Systems Innovation ManagerAtlanta Community Food Bank
Adam HarrellPresidentNebo Agency
Scott HawleySenior Director, Client ServicesGreystar
Katie HayesExecutive DirectorCommunity Farmers Markets
TyRon HolmesSergeantAtlanta Fire and Rescue Department
Paul HolmesCommercial Real Estate BrokerCBRE
Russell HopsonMedical Sales ProfessionalAmedisys Home Health & Hospice
Dwight Ho-SangPrincipalKIPP WAYS Academy
Tharon JohnsonDirectorGreenberg Traurig, LLP
Ryan JonesCEOFlorence Healthcare
Raghu KakaralaManaging Partnerfortyfour
Sydney LangdonCorporate Responsibility ManagerTurner
Catherine LeeEconomic Development CoordinatorCity of Decatur
Charlie Loudermilk IIIProject ManagerThe Loudermilk Companies, LLC
Reese McCranieDirector of CommunicationsHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Selena Harper McLaurinGrants Development OfficerCity of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs
Heather MillerPartnerCarlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP
Michael MillsManaging PartnerValeo
Arun MohanChief Medical Officer, Hospital MedicineApolloMD
Aprille MooreCorporal Fulton County Marshal's Department
Zach Nikonovich-KahnPublic Policy AdvocateFamilies First
Josh NoblittMinister/TherapistSaint Mark United Methodist Church
Doug OhlstromProgram ManagerCDK Global
Ashani O'MardSr. Director, Capital DevelopmentAtlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership
Kristin OlsonAssistant Director of Property ManagementStream Realty Partners
Kelly PetrelloProgram SpecialistAtlanta Public Schools
Lisa PittmanAssociate Director, Tenant Advisory GroupCushman & Wakefield
Dantes RameauCo-Founder & Executive DirectorAtlanta Music Project
Charlie RigbyInternational Sales ManagerIDology
Brittany RowleyAnesthesiologist AssistantAmerican Anesthesiology of Georgia-Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
Parker SandersPartnerSmith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP
Erika SmithEconomic Development SpecialistFulton County Economic Development Division
Megan SparksDirector, ProgramsLeadership Atlanta
Ben SperlingCo-Founder, COONext Generation Men
Patrick StephensBusiness Development ManagerEckardt Electric
Raul TamezDistribution ManagerMcMaster-Carr Supply Co.
Bernie TokarzDirectorCloverhurst Consulting
Cara TuranoVP Sales, SouthCafeX Communications
Trey TurnerSVP Ð Finance, Mergers & AcquisitionsTurner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Adrienne WhiteVP of FinanceCenter for Civil and Human Rights
Charisse WilliamsPrincipalCharisse M. Williams Consulting
Contact Us

It is our goal to respond to your questions and concerns as quickly as possible. Please contact us via phone or email. We look forward to speaking with you!

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
Office Address
250 Williams Street NW
Suite 2115
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 93351
Atlanta, GA 30377

Tel: (404) 446-4404
Fax: (404) 446-4403


Learn About Our Programs

Walking, bike, or bus tours are the best way to learn about the full extent of the project. Learn more.

Run.Walk.Go! Race Series
Stay active and become more familiar with developments along the Atlanta BeltLine. Check out the race schedule.

Health & Fitness
We offer numerous free programs that encourage healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. Check out our fitness class schedule.

Workforce Partnerships
We help residents around the Atlanta BeltLine prepare for and secure quality jobs close to home, and assist with bridging the skill gap for employers. Learn more.