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Regional Leadership Institute Proudly Welcomes the Region’s Next Group of Informed Leaders

Atlanta — Jun 10, 2019

The Atlanta Regional Commission welcomes 56 public, private, education, and nonprofit leaders from around metro Atlanta for the 2019 Regional Leadership Institute (RLI). These participants will have the opportunity to dig into key regional issues during the week-long leadership development program to be held in Savannah from September 22 – 27.

The 2019 RLI class will delve into the importance of regional collaboration to ensure metro Atlanta’s success, with topics including water sustainability and resources, barriers to full employment and regional and community planning. Participants will also be presented with key interpretive lens to explore the week’s topics and sessions. Previous sessions have included discussions on building an educated workforce, innovation in transportation solutions for a vibrant, regional economy and the importance of comprehensive planning to shape the quality of life and sense of place wanted by their residents.

“RLI provides the Atlanta region with a priceless resource – leaders who understand the power of collaboration and who can think beyond their local jurisdiction,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “I participated in RLI long before I came to work at ARC, and I found it invaluable for my career. And even today, I call on my RLI classmates in good times and bad. We collaborate on issues like water, transportation, workforce development and other topics that don’t recognize political boundaries.”

Since 1991, more than 1,500 leaders from the business, government, education and nonprofit sectors have participated in the RLI program. This program is designed to expose current organizational and community leaders to the importance of understanding specific issues and challenges facing our region and how they are all interconnected.

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2019 RLI Participants

Randy Beall – Business Manager/F.S.T, Atlanta & North GA Building Trades Council

Aliya Bhatia – VP of Program Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta

Stacy Blakley – Associate, T.Y. Lin International

Amanda Blanton – Economic Development Director, Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Jasmine Bowles – Board Member, Clayton County Public Schools

Dirk Brown – Vice President of Product Management, PGi

Jae Brown – CEO, Vekter Management, LLC

Lori Buckheister – Vice President for Advancement, Georgia Gwinnett College

Jami Buck-Vance – Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant, KWI Communications

Erik Burton – Director of Strategic Communications, HNTB

Kirkland Carden – City Council member – Post 2, City of Duluth

Justin Carr – Strategy and Impact Director, Westside Future Fund

Fabiola Chares Stokes – Government and Community Affairs, Google Fiber, Google, Inc.

Lewis Cooksey – Assistant Director, Gwinnett County Department of Transportation

Jay Cranman – CEO, Hands On Atlanta

Kevin Crump – Business Services Center Director, Atlanta Regional Commission

Milton Dortch – Associate Broker, Stowers & Company

Alan Ferguson, Sr – Senior Vice President, Community Development, Invest Atlanta

Britt Fleck – Regional Director, Georgia Power

Andrea Foard – Transit Division Manager/Deputy Director, Cobb County Department of Transportation

Anthony Ford – Mayor, City of Stockbridge

Ashley Gates – General Manager, Uber Technology

Weare Gratwick – Atlanta Region President, Calumet Bank

Carmalitha Gumbs – Council Member, City of South Fulton

Sheronn Harris – Founding Principal, The Harris Firm, P.C.

David Hartnett – Chief Economic Development Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber

Tammi Hayward – State Court Judge, Clayton County State Court

Jessica Helms – Business Development Representative, Southeast Restoration Group

Dominique Holloman – Chief of Staff and Legislative Director, The Office of State Representative William Boddie

Bem Joiner – Creative Culture Curator, Atlanta Influences Everything, LLC

Nachae Jones – Founder and CEO, Rhema Word Enterprises, LLC

Kim Karris – Executive Director, Food Well Alliance

Brett Lacy – Workforce Division Manager, Select Fulton

Joseph Lillyblad – Education and Workforce Development Manager, Georgia Power Company

John Loud – President, Loud Security Systems, Inc

Colin Martin – President and CEO, Fayette Chamber of Commerce

Felicia McDade – Regional Director, Southeast, Honeywell

Errol Mitchell – Council member, City of Hampton

Brian Mock – Council member, City of Chamblee

Chase Moore – Vice President for University Advancement & External Affairs, Clayton State University

Phillip Olaleye – Executive Director, Next Generation Men & Women

Dwayne Patterson – Vice President of Strategy and Engagement, The Partnership for Southern Equity

Erik Provitt – Staff Attorney-Director Westside Project, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Paige Pushkin – Executive Director, Georgia Foundation for Public Education

Howard Ray – Owner, HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects

Jennifer Rutledge – Director of Legislative Affairs/County Clerk, Rockdale County Government

Victoria Seals – President, Atlanta Technical College

Alisa Smallwood – Vice President for Development, Grady Health Foundation

Tyree Smith – Chief Executive Officer, WOLF Idea Group/ARTlanta Gallery

Detrick Stanford – Chief Operating Officer, Clayton County Government

Rufus Stewart – Council member, City of McDonough

Nonet Sykes – Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Beltline, Inc

Jim Teel – Regional Vice President – Georgia, Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood

Heath Tippens – Vice President, Cherokee Office of Economic Development

Belisa Urbina – Executive Director, Ser Familia, Inc

Chanel-Alexandria “C-A” Washington – Special Assistant, United States Department of Transportation/Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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