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Transformation Alliance Appoints Odetta MacLeish-White as First Managing Director

Posted on: Oct 18, 2017

The TransFormation Alliance, a collaboration of metro Atlanta organizations that promotes the development of thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit, has named Odetta MacLeish-White as its first managing director.

MacLeish-White is charged with steering the TransFormation Alliance as it strives to ensure that the opportunities afforded by transit investments are made available to all residents. MacLeish-White comes to the TransFormation Alliance from Enterprise Community Partners, where she spent eight years, rising to Senior Program Director.

“I can’t think of a more exciting opportunity than to lead the TransFormation Alliance in a new phase of growth and partnership,” said MacLeish-White. “We now have the resources to catalyze our vision for community-led civic engagement processes to help metro Atlanta become a more equitable and prosperous city for everyone.”

The TransFormation Alliance will be hosted at the Atlanta Regional Commission, which will provide strategic and operational support. The Alliance is funded through a national grant from the Strong Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC). SPARCC is providing $1 million in operating support over three years to the Alliance, along with access to $14 million in programmatic support and a pool of approximately $70 million in financing capital, which is available to all the cities in the program. Atlanta is one of six SPARCC grant recipients; the others are Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

MacLeish-White will continue the Alliance’s fundraising efforts, strengthen its brand presence, expand its network of relationships, and outline a clear path for the implementation of the its work and vision.

“Odetta has the experience and dedication needed to lead the TransFormation Alliance through this critical growth phase,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “ARC is proud to house the Alliance and provide the resources and guidance needed for the organization to succeed.”

TransFormation Alliance partners include Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative; Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.; Atlanta Regional Commission; Center for Civic Innovation Atlanta; Enterprise; Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc.; Stand-Up; Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority; Partnership for Southern Equity; MARTA; MARTA Army; Southface; Safe Routes to School National Partnership; Summech; Tapestry Development Group; Urban Land Institute Atlanta; ARCHI; and WonderRoot.

MacLeish-White also has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and served as director of Florida’s Affordable Housing Study Commission. She received her Bachelor’s in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and her JD/LLM in International Law from Duke University School of Law.

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