The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the board responsible for raising money for the Atlanta Beltline, has added six new members.
- Matt Bronfman, Principal, Chief Executive Officer, Jamestown
- Althea Broughton, Partner, Arnall Golden Gregory, LLP
- Michelle Fisher, Chief Strategy & Performance Improvement Officer, Piedmont Healthcare
- Katie Kirkpatrick, Chief Policy Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
- Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlanta Hawks
- Michael B. Russell, Chief Executive Officer, H.J. Russell & Company (begins January 2018)
In addition, Cox Enterprises Executive VP and CFO Dallas Clement has succeeded Wells Fargo Executive VP and Atlanta Regional President Mike Donnelly as board chair. Donnelly has served in that role since 2015 and remains on the board, according to a press release from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.
“The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is thrilled to welcome six new distinguished business and community leaders to its Board of Directors,” ABP Executive Director Rob Brawner said in a press release. “They provide additional leadership to advance our efforts to raise funds and build partnerships that enable the Atlanta BeltLine project, engage the public, and empower residents in surrounding neighborhoods.”
The BeltLine Partnership is about to start a “significant capital campaign” to construct more portions of the trail. The fundraising effort will involve “leveraging public funding approved last year through the TSPLOST, MARTA sales tax, and Atlanta BeltLine TAD bonds,” the press release says.
Last year two board members – Ryan Gravel and Nathaniel Smith – resigned from the board over concerns the board is not giving enough attention to housing affordability. Gravel is the man whose master’s thesis inspired the Atlanta BeltLine.