A Dedicated Team Putting Progress in Motion

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) staff works to raise funding and awareness 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.

Our Mission

Formed in 2005, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is the nonprofit organization that helps keep the Atlanta BeltLine vision on track by enabling the construction of more parks and trails; engaging the public through tours, health and fitness programs, and special events; and empowering Atlanta BeltLine residents to connect with affordable housing, sustainable economic development, urban revitalization and a healthy lifestyle.

Rob Brawner

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

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.

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.

Vernessa Roberts

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Director of Marketing and Communications


Vernessa Roberts serves as the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s Director of Marketing and Communications. She is responsible for telling the Partnership’s story. Vernessa develops and manages the strategy, design and execution of communications that articulate the mission, vision and accomplishments of the Atlanta BeltLine across multiple channels.

Vernessa brings more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience with a background that includes advertising, branding, social media management and public relations. Prior to joining the Partnership, Vernessa led communications for the Raleigh Chamber for more than a decade as the vice president of Communications. She partnered with business and community leaders to accomplish the mission of economic prosperity and quality of life, as well as led the creative execution of communications that supported business development.

Vernessa also volunteered with the Triangle AdFed as the chair of their diversity and inclusion initiative and was a founding member of What We Do, You Can Too! The WWDYCT initiative introduced high school students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to the advertising and marketing industry through a summer internship program.

Alice Weston

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Associate Director of Programs


Alice Weston is the Associate Director of Programs 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

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Associate Director of Development


Natalie Aiken is the Associate Director of Development and focuses on the Partnership’s fundraising efforts with corporations and foundations.

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 and has volunteered at several non-profit organizations in Atlanta.

Natalie can often be found crafting, doing yoga, reading, or checking out a new restaurant or art gallery opening!

John Becker

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Communications and Engagement Coordinator


John Becker is the Partnership’s Engagement and Communications 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

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Associate Director of Programs


Jen Treman is the Associate Director of Programs and manages the Empower programming at the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. In this role, she manages the Home Empowerment Workshop Series, Legacy Resident Retention Program, and Workforce Partnerships.

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, receiving her advanced degree in Nonprofit Management.

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 & hanging out with her cat, Rosie.

Maia Mercer

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

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.

André Gray

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Finance Manager

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André Gray joined ABP as Finance Manager in February 2019 with more than nine years of accounting experience. He spent more than seven years handling all aspects of accounting and finance, including month-end close, budgeting, tax preparation, reconciliations, and financial statement preparation.

André gained strong nonprofit accounting expertise working for Verto Solutions, LLC managing multiple organizational projects and having responsibility for preparing financial statements for Board members. He was responsible for budgets, forecasts, vendor relations, in-process billings, and variance reports. After working for Verto Solutions, André worked for Jack And Jill of America, Inc. where he was responsible for monthly reporting, maintaining program/convention budgets, journal entries, and other aspects of accounting for the development of new national chapters.

André is from Alexandria, VA where he attended T.C. Williams High School. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance.