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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 seeks 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. Partnership staff works to Enable the Project [raise private sector capital], Engage the Public [grow civic support], and Empower the Residents [provide positive socio-economic outcomes] of the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods.
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.
Atlanta BeltLine Partnership 2017 Annual Report
ENABLE // ENGAGE // EMPOWER
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership enjoys a special relationship with Atlanta BeltLine,Inc. as we work together to fulfill the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Furthermore, we are honored to partner with many donors, program partners, and community and civic organizations to bring the Atlanta BeltLine to life.
Learn more about our partners, progress and more in the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership 2017 Annual Report.
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 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.
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. He enjoys living, working, exercising, and playing on the Atlanta BeltLine.
|David A. Jackson|
Deputy Executive Director
David A. Jackson is the Deputy Executive Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. David leads the work for two critical parts of the Partnership’s mission: engaging the public and empowering residents in the Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. His responsibilities include working with partners to implement programs and strategies that engage users of the Atlanta BeltLine and strengthen Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity.
David is a native New Yorker who has called metro Atlanta home for almost twenty years. He holds a B.S. in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. David has held leadership roles in housing, philanthropic, community economic development, and neighborhood revitalization organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, The Center for Working Families and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
David has served on boards of several Atlanta non-profits and is engaged with organizations working to improve conditions in Atlanta’s underserved communities.
Director of Partnerships and Development
Salisha Evans is the Director of Partnerships and Development and manages the Partnership’s capital and operational fundraising efforts. In this role, she works with individuals, private companies, and philanthropic institutions looking to become involved with Atlanta BeltLine Partnership programming, events and charitable giving
Salisha is an Atlanta native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a MPA in non-profit management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She has worked in development at the American Red Cross and the Be The Match Foundation, and for eight years she managed fundraising campaigns for 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.
Marketing and Communications Director
Jess Hunt-Ralston is the Marketing and Communications Director and manages content, engagement and storytelling across the Partnership's spectrum of programs, events and fundraising efforts.
Jess is a native of North Georgia and has called Atlanta home since 2008. She holds a bachelor's with honors in industrial design from Georgia Tech, where she worked in communications for eight years. She volunteers as a board member for Poncey-Highland Neighborhood Association and can often be found gardening, hiking, biking and exploring the Atlanta BeltLine alongside her two dogs, Kipper and Pimms Cup.
Alice Weston is the Program Manager and coordinates public programming including the Free Fitness Series, tours, the Neighborhood Festival Series, volunteers, and the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series.
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 can often be found eating King of Pops and walking the Eastside trail with her beagle/hound mix June.
Natalie Aiken is the Development Manager who, in coordination with the Director of Partnerships and Development, manages the Partnership’s capital and operational fundraising efforts including donor acknowledgment, reporting and support for programs and events.
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 is the Partnership’s Engagement Coordinator. In this capacity, John assists the Program Manager with management of the bus, bike and walking tour programs; the volunteer/surrogate speaker program; and the volunteer and event support programs. John also assists the Director of Marketing and Communications with production of social media and website content and handles event and outreach photography for the Partnership.
John came to Atlanta in 1981 after graduating from Auburn University and has lived here ever since. He became fascinated with the Atlanta BeltLine project during construction of the Eastside Trail, documenting that construction and early Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibitions while in charge of communications for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. In his spare time, John enjoys cycling and digital photography, and he’s a passionate fan of his beloved Auburn Tigers. John lives in a condo on the Eastside Trail in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, just a short bike ride from the Partnership’s Stoveworks offices.
Jen Treman is the Office Manager and provides administrative and office support to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership staff.
Jen is a native of North Carolina but has called Georgia home since 2010. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Georgia, recently receiving her advanced degree in Nonprofit Management. Jen was previously the nonprofit management intern at Georgia River Network.
Jen has a weakness for all things ‘animal’ and she is passionate about environmental sustainability issues. In her spare time, Jen enjoys creating vegetarian feasts & rummaging through antique stores.
Sheliese Smith is the Development Coordinator providing support for operational fundraising efforts including the Annual Campaign and the Membership Program. Sheliese works closely with the Development Manager on gift acknowledgement and membership benefit fulfillment.
Sheliese is originally from New York but has called Atlanta home for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in Public Policy. Sheliese has also worked in Development at the DeKalb Library Foundation and interned at United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Community Foundation.
Sheliese is a lover of all things art and interior design and when the weather permits, she can be found biking on the Northside Trail near Atlantic Station.
| Maia Mercer|
Individual Giving Manager
Maia Mercer is the Individual Giving Manager and works closely with the Development team to grow individual giving for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership.
Maia is originally from Seattle and recently relocated to Atlanta from San Diego. She holds a bachelor’s in communications arts from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon and has worked at a number of nonprofit membership organizations throughout Seattle and San Diego.
Maia lives in Virginia-Highland. In her free time she enjoys traveling and trying new vegan foods.
The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is reshaping the future of Atlanta by supporting and enabling the vision of the Atlanta BeltLine. The Partnership is thankful to have the visionary leadership of a dedicated Board of Directors that is committed to helping it achieve its goals.
|Chairman, Executive Committee Chair|
Mr. Dallas S. Clement
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Cox Enterprises, Inc.
|Team Empower Chair|
Ms. Valarie Wilson
Georgia School Boards Association
|Team Engage Chair|
Ms. Jennifer Dorian
Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck
|Finance Committee Chair|
Mr. Jim Morgens
Morgens Property and Investment Co.
|Nominating Committee Chair|
Mr. Ken Richards
|Mr. Ambrish Baisiwala|
President and Chief Executive Officer
|Mr. Scott Bohrer|
Vice President of Finance
The Home Depot
|Mr. Matt Bronfman|
Principal, Chief Executive Officer
|Ms. Althea Broughton|
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
|Mr. Scott Burton|
Vice President & General Counsel
Legal Department, Rollins Support Center
|Mr. Rajib Choudhury|
No Limit Ventures
|Mr. Mike Donnelly|
Executive Vice President, Atlanta Regional President
Wells Fargo Bank
|Ms. Michelle Fisher|
Chief Strategy & Performance Officer
|Mr. Gerardo E. Gonzalez|
Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Paramount Consulting Group, LLC
|Ms. Katie Kirkpatrick|
Chief Policy Officer
Metro Atlanta Chamber
|Rev. Portia Wills Lee|
Senior Pastor & Founder
Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church
Vice President, Global Licensing, Retail & Attractions
The Coca-Cola Company
|Mr. Ira L. Moreland|
|Ms. Melissa Proctor|
Chief Marketing Officer
Senior Director, Community Affairs
|Mr. Michael Russell|
CEO, H.J. Russell & Company
Vice Chair, Concessions International
*term begins 2018
|Mr. John W. Somerhalder II|
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
AGL Resources, Inc.
|Ms. Chandra Stephens-Albright|
Managing Director at Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company
|C. Austin Stephens|
Managing Director – Investments
|Bentina C. Terry|
Senior Vice President—Metro Atlanta Region
Georgia Power Company
|Mr. Gregor Turk|
|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.
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.
Nominations (including self-nominations) should be sent to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Office Manager, at email@example.com, 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.
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.
|Derrick Barker||Partner||Civitas Communities|
|Johnson Bazzel||Development Associate||Wood Partners|
|Erin Bernhardt||Owner||Little Roar Productions|
|Brittany Boals||VP, Investment Advisor||Goldman Sachs|
|Joseph Bolling||Assistant General Counsel||Equifax|
|Steven Bodner||Vice President||Trilogy Group|
|Wesley Brooks||VP of Housing and |
|Atlanta Habitat for Humanity|
|Erin Brown||HR Risk & Compliance Consultant||SunTrust|
|Julie Brown||CEO||First Performance|
|Wesley Brown||PM, Planning and Capital Projects||Central Atlanta Progress|
|Shirlynn Brownell||Project Manager||Georgia Department of Economic Development|
|Manana Cain||Business Owner||Bridge Boutique|
|Lindsey Caldwell||Senior Campaign Manager||Coxe Curry & Associates|
|Alan Chan||Senior Financial Analyst||Turner|
|Kara Keene Cooper||Economic Development Project Manager||Atlanta BeltLine Inc.|
|Candice Crawford||HRIS Analyst||Koch Business Solutions|
|Jeffrey Delp||Director of Economic Development||FCS|
|Peter Dietz||Project Manager||New South Construction|
|Brent Eden||Advisor||Nease Lagana Eden & Culley|
|Martina Edwards||VP, Corporate Partnerships||Points of Light|
|Ariel Esteves||Operations Manager||QuadMed|
|Stacy Galan Shailendra||Associate Broker||Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's Int'l Realty|
|Cicely Garrett||Project Manager||Mayor's Office of Sustainability|
|Erin Green||Development Associate||Georgia Institute of Technology, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts|
|Gina Gondron||Senior Manager, Process, Risk and Governance||Frazier and Deeter|
|Heather Rogers Halcik||Corporate Strategy Manager||Invesco|
|Scott Hawley||Senior Director Client Services||Greystar|
|Katie Hayes||Executive Director||Community Farmers Markets|
|Ginny Hodges||Community Support Representative||Wells Fargo|
|Russell Hopson||Medical Sales Professional||Amedisys Home Health|
|Dwight Ho-Sang||School Leader||KIPP WAYS Academy|
|Will Johnston||Founder/CEO||Tiny House Atlanta|
|Raghu Kakarala||Managing Partner||FortyFour|
|Sydney Langdon||Manager, Corporate Responsibility||Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.|
|Catherine Lee||Downtown Development Manager||City of Decatur|
|Charlie Loudermilk III||Project Manager||The Loudermilk Companies|
|Jori Mendel||Smart Cities Strategic Lead||AT&T|
|Heather Miller||Partner||Weathington McGrew|
|Arun Mohan||President and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Medicine and Population Health||ApolloMD|
|Aprille Moore||Corporal||Fulton County Marshal's Department|
|Zach Nikonovich-Kahn||Public Policy Advocate||Families First|
|Coby Nixon||Partner||Taylor English Duma LLP|
|Doug Ohlstrom||Success Specialist||Salesforce|
|Brad Oppenheimer||Property Manager||Halpern Enterprises, Inc.|
|Kristin Olson||Assistant Director of Property Management||Stream Realty Partners|
|Sarah Pierre||Owner/Managing Partner||3 Parks Wine Shop|
|Tawny Powell||Manager of Homebuyer Education and Counseling||Committed to Communities|
|Dantes Rameau||Co-Founder & Executive Director||Atlanta Music Project|
|Charlie Rigby||Director of Sales||eBOARDsolutions|
|Jonathan Robinson||Associate Director - Investments||Oppenheimer & Co.|
|Shellie Schmals||Film Programming Manager||Atlanta Jewish Film Festival|
|Erika Smith||Senior Project Manager, Business Retention and Expansion||Invest Atlanta|
|Jonathan Smith||Associate General Counsel||Atlanta Braves|
|Kimberly Spear||Director of Development||Georgia State University|
|Ben Sperling||Chief Operating Officer, Co-founder||Next Generation Men|
|Quincy L.A. Springs||Owner Operator||Chick-Fil-A|
|Sarah Stein||Attorney||Atlanta Legal Aid Society|
|Patrick Stephens||Business Development Manager||Eckardt Electric|
|Katharine Wilcox Strahan||Director, Executive Search||Resource Mosaic|
|Anna Ruth Williams||CEO||ARPR|
|Adrienne White||Vice President of Strategy and Business Development||Citizen’s Trust Bank|
|Maury Wolfe||Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility||Cox Enterprises|