The Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff is an experienced and determined team tasked with the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine vision. Working closely with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the City of Atlanta, and partner organizations, ABI oversees all aspects of planning, developing, and execution of the project.
Chief Executive Officer(404) 477-3003 (Main Office)
Clyde Higgs was named President and CEO of ABI in February 2019 after serving in an interim capacity for a year and a half and as Chief Operating Officer for three years. In addition to overseeing the company, Higgs works to expand ABI’s strong working relationships with private and public partners across the region, state and nation. Higgs brings 20 years’ experience in economic development, real estate, intellectual property, technology, strategic planning, design, real estate development, grant and donor funding, and government relations, with a diversity of projects including those that specialize in urban innovation, science and technology. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and holds a Master of Public Administration from East Carolina University.
Chief Operating Officer
Ruben Brooks came to ABI from the Regional Center Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Multifamily Housing where he led the South East Region in making large scale commercial real estate investment and asset management decisions. Prior to HUD, he spent over nineteen years at Fannie Mae in a variety of leadership positions including Director of Multifamily Affordable Housing. A native of Baltimore, Brooks received a B.S. in Management from Morgan State University, an MPA. from the University of Baltimore, and an M.S. in Real Estate from Johns Hopkins University. He sits on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia and is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s Class of 2015.
Prior to joining ABI, Aasia Mustakeem was a Partner at Smith, Gambrell & Russell focusing her practice on commercial real estate and institutional lending. Mustakeem is Chairperson of the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency and the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners; a board member of the Georgia Bar Foundation and the Georgia State University College of Law Board of Visitors; past board member of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation; and a member of Leadership Atlanta. Mustakeem has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2004, and in 2003 received the Outstanding Woman in the Profession Achievement Award from the Atlanta Bar Association.
Marshall Norwood, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Marshall Norwood has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2013. He brings almost twenty years of experience in accounting, finance, auditing, and contract administration. Before joining ABI in 2011, his career led him from KPMG Peat Marwick, one of the “Big 4” accounting firms, to Cox Enterprises, Inc. where he held various Assistant Controller and Controller positions, to Budget Director for the State of Georgia’s Department of Human Resources. A Georgia native and graduate of Morehouse College with a B.A in Business/Accounting, Norwood is affiliated with the Georgia Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Bible Way Ministries, Intl.
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
Nonet Sykes is the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) where she leads the development and implementation of policies and approaches that advance equity and inclusion for all facets of the BeltLine. Prior to joining ABI, Sykes was Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and received her certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. Sykes serves on the board of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative. She is married with two children.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Vicki Cimkentli joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Cimkentli has a long history of experience as an Executive Assistant and a Personal Assistant to various corporate executives. She originally hails from England and spent a number of years living in other areas of Europe before moving to the USA in 1996. Cimkentli resides in Marietta with her husband and their dogs. A self-confessed foodie, she enjoys traveling, the arts, and discovering restaurants.
Executive Assistant to the CFO & General Counsel
Allegra B. Hutchinson has over 20 years of experience as c-level executive assistant in healthcare, legal and government, including the City of Atlanta and State of Georgia. Hutchinson has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Management. She is a native of San Diego, California and relocated to Atlanta in 2005, where she raised three sons, who have served or are still serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. You can find Hutchinson and her two Rottweilers on the BeltLine this summer.
Executive Assistant to the COO & CEIO
Takata Washington joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in 2019 as an Executive Assistant to the COO and CEIO. Takata brings over 30 years of experience as an Executive Assistant to ABI. Washington is a Montgomery, Alabama native that loves baking, cooking, music, sports and spending quality time with family and friends.
Vice President of Marketing and Communicationstharris@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3660 (Office)
Twanna Harris joined ABI as the first VP of Brand, Content and Strategic Initiatives in March 2018. With over 18 years of strategic brand, storytelling, and experiential marketing expertise, Harris brings a wealth of knowledge in the space of crafting and amplifying strong brand messaging, building brand love through experiences, amplifying cultural relevance, and leveraging the affinity of strong alliances. She has managed some of the world’s largest brands for Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company and United Way of Atlanta. She earned her MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University, and lives in Atlanta with her husband Will and their four children.
Vice President of Community Planning & Engagementbmcmillan@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3003 (Main Office)
Since 2008, Beth McMillan has led the planning and community engagement team at ABI, coordinating all aspects of community input and the participation of all impacted Atlanta BeltLine communities. McMillan has held numerous leadership positions in city planning and community development including Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of East Point, GA, and the Assistant Director of Comprehensive Planning for the Fulton County Department of Environment and Community Development. Among the highlights of her almost 30-year career are leading Fulton County’s Smart Growth Policy, successfully implementing 10 community overlay districts, and participating in the research and approval of the East Point Corridors TAD.
Jerald Mitchell, MBA
Vice President of Economic Developmentjmitchell@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3537 (Office)
Jerald Mitchell has worked in economic development for 12 years, gaining expertise in job attraction, private investment, inclusive capitalism, land strategy, placemaking, technology and innovation. He spent the previous 13 years in the telecommunications industry managing cable systems operations and executing new product launches, post-merger management and process engineering. Mitchell serves as a trustee or board member on boards including the Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Board, Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees, the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission, and the Georgia Workforce Investment Board. He holds an MBA in Global Business from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BA in Economics from Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus.
Dwayne C. Vaughn
Vice President of Housing Policy and Developmentdvaughn@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3003 (Main Office)
Dwayne C. Vaughn is the Vice President of Housing Policy and Development. He focuses on creating and preserving 5,600 units of quality affordable housing around the BeltLine by 2030. Vaughn collaborates with key public/private stakeholders and assures that ABI’s housing promises remain on track. Previously, he practiced real estate/corporate law and spent nearly 2 decades in executive and senior level positions with housing authorities in the Southeast. He is a seasoned housing and real estate professional and a strong advocate for vibrant affordable housing as an essential component for hope and to stimulate vibrant, healthy and diverse mixed-income communities.
Kimberly Wilson, R.A.
Vice President of Design and Constructionkwilson@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3576 (Office)
Kimberly Wilson joined ABI in September 2019 as the Vice President of Design and Construction. Wilson provides senior leadership to the ABI design and construction project delivery teams, including the planning and implementation of trails, streetscapes, parks, and transit. Wilson has worked for both architectural firms and general contractors in Atlanta, contributing to landmark projects such as the Living Building at Georgia Tech and the restoration of both the Georgia State Capital and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Her project experience also includes retail and mixed-use developments such as North Highland Steel, the MARTA Lindberg transit-oriented development, and Gasket City Lofts.
Kevin W. Burke, PLA, FASLA
Director of Designkburke@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3637 (Office)
Kevin Burke is the Director of Design for Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and has thirty-seven years of experience on a plethora of institutional, roadway, college and university, residential, and park projects. He coordinates design and construction efforts for all public open spaces and serves as the chair of the ABI design Review Committee. He implemented the requirement that all ABI projects initiated since 2018 will be SITES certified and was the organizer of ABI’s Organic Land Care Symposium which informed the public about more sustainable ways of maintaining our public spaces. Burke has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Utah State University and in 2019 became a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Henry Ikwut-Ukwa, PhD, PE
Director of Transportation with Atlanta Beltline Inc. since 2016, Henry Ikwut-Ukwa oversees the implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine transit and transportation program. With over 20 years of experience in transportation policy, planning, engineering, and operations, his career has included private sector consulting with major engineering firms, founding a private consulting company, and working for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA). His areas of expertise encompass strategic leadership for capital program implementation and public transit operations and management. He holds a doctorate in transportation engineering with a minor in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Government Affairs Directorjjohnson@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3674 (Office)
Jill Johnson joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as its Government Affairs Director in December 2013. Her work includes managing issues of concern to the Atlanta BeltLine at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure and expand funding and regulatory support. She has more than a decade of experience lobbying at the Georgia State Capitol. She previously worked as the Political Director for Georgia Conservation Voters and on land conservation advocacy with the Georgia Conservancy. Johnson is a graduate of several leadership programs, including LEAD Atlanta, and has served on numerous boards, including Girls on the Run Atlanta. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University.
Real Estate and Asset Management Directordpierce@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3538 (Office)
Dave Pierce joined ABI in 2015 and serves as Real Estate and Asset Manager Director with over a decade of experience in real estate and transportation. He leads the real estate team’s efforts to acquire land needed to complete the Atlanta BeltLine. Pierce also manages the real estate aspects of developments along the Atlanta BeltLine, as well as oversees management of Atlanta BeltLine assets. Pierce graduated from Georgia Tech with an M.S. in City Planning along with a B.S. from Penn State. He lives in Candler Park with his husband and can be found most nights running on Atlanta BeltLine trails.
Michelle L. Thomas, ESQ
Assistant General Counselmthomas@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3545 (Office)
Michelle L. Thomas joined ABI in 2014 as Assistant General Counsel. In this role, she provides advice and counsel to ABI board members and staff on a broad range of legal issues ranging from real estate and construction to risk management and intellectual property. Prior to her arrival at ABI, Thomas was a Senior Assistant County Attorney for the DeKalb County Law Department. Ms. Thomas is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and of Howard University. She is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) and Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC).
Janella Barner joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (“ABI”) as Senior Paralegal in 2018 and brings over 15 years of legal experience as a real estate/corporate paralegal. She works closely with ABI’s legal, real estate, and finance teams on real estate, contract, government, and compliance related matters. Her main skills include the coordination of real estate closings, contract reviews, title matters, corporate law, and legal research. Barner resides in Gwinnett County with her husband and two children, and enjoys bible study, singing, and spending time with family.
Lena Carstens, CGMS, GPC
Development Officer for Public Grants
Lena Carstens joined ABI in 2015 as the Development Officer for Public Grants. She actively supports ABI by identifying and applying for public funding opportunities at the federal, state, local, and regional levels. Carstens formerly served as the Program Manager for Arts and Education Services at the City of Atlanta. She is an alum of LEAD Atlanta Class of 2006 and received the Outstanding Atlanta award in 2010. She holds an MBA and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University and a BFA in Stage Management from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Subrena Clark, MBA, CPPB
Procurement Managersclark@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3692 (Office)
As the Procurement Manager for ABI, Clark procures and monitors all aspects of ABI’s procurement process. She brings 20 years of procurement experience. As a certified Professional Public Buyer with the Institute for Public Procurement, she has led and served on procurement process improvement teams. In addition, Clark facilitated intergovernmental programs locally with other procurement professionals. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration from the American InterContinental University. A native of Atlanta, she loves to explore the history of the city, and is a collector of skyline portraits.
Marketing Communications Managerhclave@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3662 (Office)
Heather Clavé has over eight years of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations. Prior to joining ABI, she served as communications director for The GLOBE Academy, where she created and implemented a strategic communications and branding plan from the ground up. She also spent seven years at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, managing communications and public relations for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the U.S. Southeast. Clavé holds a B.A. in Multinational Business Operations and an M.A. in French from Florida State University. She can be found biking on the BeltLine with her husband and son.
Matt Coffing, MBA
Senior Asset ManagerMCoffing@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3573 (Office)
Matt Coffing joined ABI in 2020 as Senior Asset Manager, bringing over a decade of experience in the construction management and real estate industries. Over his career, Matt has been successful in the working toward converting over 40 former rail corridors into multi-modal trails in both urban and rural areas across the east coast. In his current role, Matt has responsibility for property management and administration of all assets held by Beltline. He graduated from Florida State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Real Estate and Business Management.
Front Desk Office Coordinator(404) 477-3003 (Main Office)
Rhonda Forge joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as Office Coordinator in January 2013. Forge assists with daily office management and coordinates all front desk activities and duties. Forge, a native Missourian, transferred to the Atlanta area over 13 years ago with shipping giant Federal Express. She has worked in the transportation and logistics field for over 20 years. Forge received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri and has her Certification as an Oracle Data Base Administrator.
Community Engagement Managerwfuller@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3574 (Office)
Fuller was invited to work as a Graduate Fellow for ABI in 2011. The following six years she learned more than she knew there was to learn about the 45 BeltLine neighborhoods as a Speaker and Tour Guide for ABP. In her most recent role, she served the City of Atlanta as an Urban Planner in the Office of Zoning and Development. Simply put, Fuller is committed to the City being the best place to live. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern and Georgia State Universities, a foodie and new mother to the most wonderful boy in the world!
Hope Gist, PE
Hope Gist brings over 11 years of experience working in Transportation. She previously worked as the Senior Site Engineer on the Ford GoBike (currently known as Bay Wheels) bike share team in the Bay Area. Her role included transitioning and expanding the system from the former pilot system into Ford GoBike, which also included designing, permitting, and deploying over 300 bike share stations across five cities in the Bay Area. Before that, she contributed to the design of light rail and streetcar projects in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Gist holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
Shaun Green, PE
Senior Transportation Engineer
Shaun Green joined ABI in 2013 as Senior Transportation Engineer. His professional career has focused on urban, multi-modal transportation systems. Before joining ABI, Green spent ten years with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and worked as a consulting engineer prior to that. He is a graduate of the prestigious North Avenue Trade School here in Atlanta and has been a bicycle commuter since 1994. He plays beer-league ice-hockey, does occasional band gigs as a drummer, and believes himself to be a lot funnier than he actually is. He and his wife have three daughters.
Special Projects ManagerHHusseyCoker@atlbeltline.org
Heather Hussey-Coker started with the Atlanta BeltLine in 2005 at the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, supporting the implementation of many project milestones, including the establishment of the Partnership’s first Board of Directors, the development of the BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and 5 Year Work Plan, and the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District. Prior to joining ABI full time, she established the Atlanta BeltLine Bus Tour Program, and has led over 450 tours since the Program’s inception in 2007. Currently, Hussey-Coker manages the strategic execution of programs and projects within the Economic Development team. She studied at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Meghan Injaychock joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. in 2012 after completion of a yearlong fellowship with ABI’s Design Team. Injaychock holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. Her master’s thesis focused on the creation of the BeltLine’s first Urban Farm located in Adair Park. Most of Injaychock’s responsibilities are with the construction and Design of trail and parks within the BeltLine corridor.
Kara Keene Cooper
Economic Development Project Managerkcooper@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3657 (Office)
Kara Keene Cooper brings over 15 years of economic development and marketing experience to ABI, serving most recently at the Decide DeKalb Development Authority and the Cumberland CID. She executes economic development initiatives to empower existing BeltLine businesses and markets the corridor as a premier business destination. She is on the board of the Carver Cluster Schools Foundation and the Board of Managers for the Casey Foundation’s Pittsburgh Yards development site. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s LEAD program as well as programs with the Urban Land Institute and the Atlanta Regional Commission. Cooper earned a BBA from the University of Georgia and an MPP from Georgia State University.
Arts & Culture Project Managermkyle@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3636 (Office)
After an academic fellowship with ABI in 2014, and assisting with installations in subsequent years, Kyle was appointed to her current position in 2017. Kyle holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and an M.A. in Painting and Drawing from the Edinburgh College of Arts. She was awarded the 2013 Lee Kimche McGrath Fellowship for Arts & Sciences and the StarSeed Fellowship in 2014 to research the intersection of Public Art, Performance and Space in Riga and Pedvale, Latvia. She has curated exhibitions locally and internationally over the last ten years, ranging in disciplines from performance to public art.
Arts & Culture Program Coordinator
Following two academic fellowships and a contractor position with Atlanta BeltLine, Langley was appointed Coordinator in 2018. With 10 years of experience with public art projects, Langley supports his department by managing logistical and compliance components of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine. Langley project manages the annual Lantern Parade, develops UX initiatives, and advises on LGBTQ+ issues. Originally from Nashville, Langley holds an M.A. in Art History from Georgia State University. He has managed public art projects for Burning Man in Nevada as well as in Georgia. He has also published research on topics of public art and cultural identity.
Kristen Mansfield, PLA
Senior Landscape Architectkmansfield@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3639 (Office)
Kristen Mansfield joined ABI in July of 2019 as Senior Landscape Architect. Born and raised a Hoosier, Mansfield relocated to the Southeast in 2004 where she began her career in private practice. In 2009, she was introduced to the BeltLine as the design consultant project manager for Phase II of Historic Fourth Ward Park. During her tenure as a consultant, she managed a variety of projects that included high-end resort work, large scale community planning, parks and recreation planning, and multi-family, institutional, and park design and construction.
Rodney Milton, Jr.
Senior Housing Policy & Development Managerrmilton@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3651 (Office)
Rodney Milton joined the ABI team in January 2020. His primary focus is ensuring ABI reaches its goal of creating and preserving 5,600 quality affordable housing opportunities for residents around the BeltLine. Milton previously served the City of Atlanta as the Assistant Director of Neighborhood Revitalization in the Department of City Planning. He is a passionate professional specializing in community development and retention, comprehensive planning, and unlocking the power of housing policy to ensure equitable neighborhood change. Milton holds two master’s degrees from Florida State University and a B.S. in History from Florida A & M University.
Nancy Newell, PE
Civil Engineernnewell@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3653 (Office)
Newell has nearly 7 years of civil engineering experience with a focus on transportation design. Before joining ABI, she worked for a private consulting firm in Panama City Beach, FL where she worked on a variety of roadway design projects. She was a project engineer for the Coastal Trail, a series of multi-use paths that stretch over 24 miles in the Florida Panhandle. Newell earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. She enjoys running, live music, traveling, and being outdoors. Newell lives adjacent to the Eastside Trail where she and her dog walk the BeltLine daily.
Kim Nicholson, CPPB
Procurement Officerknicholson@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3670 (Office)
Kim Nicholson leads the procurement team with goals that strictly align with ABI’s core values of equity and inclusion in all solicitations. She demonstrates exceptional procurement capabilities with a focus on implementing process improvements including development of policies and procedures, developing targeted plans, and delivering solutions within budgets and timelines. Nicholson has been a member of the National Institute of Government Procurement since 1997 and has served on NIGP local chapter boards and received the NIGP CPPB certification in 2004. She graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in arts and a minor in business.
Communications & Media Relations Managerjodom@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3659 (Office)
Odom joined ABI in 2012, but her involvement started with the Atlanta BeltLine in 2007 as a volunteer. Her background is in media relations, website and content management, marketing, social networking, graphic design, writing, public speaking, and leadership. Prior to ABI, she worked as a marketing manager for intown Atlanta real estate firms and served as an U.S. Army transportation officer in Germany and the Middle East. Odom has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Illustration from Washington University in St. Louis. She is an Atlanta native and resides in Decatur with her husband and two children.
GIS & IT Manager
Jori O’Hanley joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as GIS Manager in January 2017. She brings 16 years of experience providing GIS support in multiple areas. In her role at ABI, she collaborates with team members to support spatial data management, analysis and visualization needs, and manage ABI’s geospatial data. Her past work includes over 10 years in the environmental field, in consulting and federal government. O’Hanley holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies/GIS focus from Boston University, an M.S. in GIS from Northeastern University and a Master’s Certificate in Web Application Development from Boston University.
Kyra joined Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) in December 2019. In her role as Project Assistant, she works closely with the departments of Marketing & Communications, Government Affairs, and Planning & Community Engagement to facilitate the efficient and effective operation of each department. Prior to joining ABI, Parks supported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV/AIDS Consumer Campaigns. Parks received her Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in Spanish and International Health. In her spare time, Kyra enjoys reading, trying new cuisines, and learning new languages.
Khristie Power, PHR
Human Resources Manager
Since June 2015, Khristie Power manages the daily operations of the Human Resources functions at ABI. She works with all staff to build rapport, productivity and morale, and is responsible for recruiting talent for the growing organization. Before joining ABI, she spent 16 years in the property management industry in Atlanta, serving in many capacities, including as a Director of Community Development Programs and a Human Resources and Operations Manager. Power holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Emory University and a master’s in social work from the University of Georgia. You may see her walking her dog on the Eastside Trail.
Senior Community Plannerlreid@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3551 (Office)
Lynnette Reid joined the ABI team as the Community Engagement Advocate, and now serves as the Senior Community Planner. With approximately 20 years of public sector experience, Reed brings a wealth of experience related to community planning & engagement, land use, zoning, and regulatory development. Having worked with Fulton County Department of Environment & Community Development, and now the Atlanta BeltLine for the past 8 years. She holds a B.A. in Public Administration from the Trenton State College, and Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a proponent of inclusive and equitable communities.
Lori Roman has 10 years of accounting experience in tax preparation, accounting services, credit and collects, and corporate accounting. Prior to joining the ABI team in 2018, she worked in various industries including nonprofit, law, and hospitality. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, music, photography and travel. Romans holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.
Robbie Ross, CMA
Senior Accounting Manager
Robbie Ross joined ABI as Accounting Manager in 2014 with more than 16 years of accounting experience. He spent over eight years in the industries of real estate development, construction, and hospitality, handling all aspects of accounting and finance, including month-end close, reconciliations, and financial statement preparation. Ross is an Atlanta native and graduated from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2005 with a Master of Accounting & Financial Management after attending Georgia Southern University for his undergraduate degree and Booker T. Washington for high school.
Nathan Soldat, AICP
Community Engagement Managernsoldat@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3552 (Office)
Soldat joined ABI in February 2014. He came to ABI from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) where he was Senior Transit Planner working on regional transit coordination and planning. From 2011 to 2014 he also served as a BeltLine volunteer for Art on the BeltLine and spoke at community festivals. Prior to ARC, Soldat worked for the City of Decatur providing zoning review for all plan submittals and supporting master planning efforts. Soldat has a B.A. in Global Studies and a M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Iowa. He is a dedicated transit rider and bicycle commuter.
Valerie Strickland, CPA
Controllervstrickland@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3539 (Office)
Valerie Strickland joined ABI in April 2016 as the Controller. In this role, Strickland supports the CFO in managing and reporting on the financial affairs of ABI including ensuring the integrity of the financial records, maintenance of accounting controls and account analysis. Before joining ABI, Strickland spent more than 14 years in higher education as Director of Accounting. Strickland is a CPA and holds a BBA in accounting from Mercer University where she was awarded the Louis Newton Academic Achievement Award. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and gardening.
Community Analystwtucker@atlbeltline.org(404) 477-3653 (Office)
Will Tucker first joined ABI in June 2017 as a Graduate Fellow with the Planning and Community Engagement team. As a Fellow, he worked to promote community participation across the Atlanta BeltLine’s 15,000-acre Planning Area and advance evidence-based policies to support sustainable urban design and community resilience. At the conclusion of his fellowship, Tucker became ABI’s Community Engagement Coordinator, with additional responsibilities around measuring and tracking outcomes of the Atlanta BeltLine project. Tucker holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from George Washington University.