Kevin Green joined Midtown Alliance in July 2011. Kevin has been a resident of the City of Atlanta for over 25 years and has been working for much of that time to advance livability and economic opportunity in the Atlanta region.
Kevin was previously Executive Director of The Clean Air Campaign, a Georgia non-profit working in partnership with transportation management associations and more than 2,000 public and private employers, schools and universities to implement programs to improve air quality and reduce traffic. Prior to that, Kevin was Vice President of Environmental Affairs with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he worked to implement initiatives to improve water resource stewardship, air quality, transportation and land use and development. During his tenure with the Chamber, Kevin managed public-private initiatives that resulted in the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District – now managing water resources for a region of more than 5 million, and the Livable Communities Coalition, now a council of the Urban Land Institute, where leaders work collaboratively to advance smart growth in Atlanta. Kevin also practiced law in Atlanta for 10 years, most recently as a partner with Andre, Blaustein & Green, LLP. His litigation experience includes state and federal trial and appellate courts across the Southeast.
Kevin was named one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2016. He currently serves on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees; the Board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and is a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
Kevin graduated from James Madison University in 1986 and holds a law degree from Emory University. He is married to Karen and has two daughters.
Shannon Powell has more than 20 years of multi-disciplinary city planning, economic development and urban design experience. She is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, economic development, management of staff and consultants, active communications with board level committees, fund raising, financial planning, and budgeting.
One of her most notable accomplishment has been the development and implementation of the award-winning Blueprint Midtown, a community-based master plan for Midtown Atlanta. To implement the plan, she and her team developed and executed new initiatives for streetscapes, open spaces, land use and transportation that have become models for urban revitalization and a catalyst for dramatic redevelopment resulting in over 40 high-density development projects. Each initiative has led to measurable successes including the execution of over $66 million in capital improvements that transformed 13 miles of sidewalks, added 25 new traffic signals, and completed an AIA award-winning pocket park. She continues to oversee the implementation of Blueprint Midtown now with an additional “green lens” to ensure that all of the projects are environmental sustainable. Most recently, she has assumed responsibility for the development and implementation of a district-wide innovation plan to catalyze growth in high-tech and creative industries and to attract entrepreneurs and investment which will further strengthen Midtown’s long term economic growth.
In 2010, Midtown Alliance was awarded the “Deal of the Decade” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Other awards include “Outstanding Planning Implementation” by the Georgia Planning Association, “Development of Excellence Award” by the Atlanta Regional Commission, and “Development of Excellence” by the Urban Land Institute.
Karen Davis Young, CPA joined Midtown Alliance as the Chief Financial Officer in February 2015. Karen started her career as a tax accountant serving clients in public accounting, and was then tapped by the founders of one of those clients to join as its CFO. This company is now EmergiNet, based in Peachtree Center. After 23 years of service in the for-profit healthcare space, Karen has left voluntarily and is committed to spending the next phase of her career working with a mission-driven non-profit.
Throughout her career, Karen has dedicated considerable efforts to serving non-profits through Board service, as a volunteer CFO and in other volunteer capacities utilizing her finance, accounting and project management skillsets. Recent work includes volunteer to the CFO of Medshare (providing surplus medical equipment and devices to underserved populations around the world), a financial empowerment project for young women in Nicaragua and working to build an emergency department in Hinche, Haiti. She is currently the Volunteer CFO and Board Member for Project House of Hope, an orphanage in Montrous, Haiti.
Chris Leighty joined Midtown Alliance in April 2014 as Director of Public Safety, overseeing Midtown Alliance's public safety force, Midtown Blue, and maintenance staff. Chris has 25 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as Chief of Police with the City of Morrow, and 22 years with the Atlanta Police Department (APD). Chris was instrumental in recalibrating the City of Morrow Police Department and reducing crime city-wide. He also served as Interim City manager. Prior to this, Leighty served in numerous leadership roles with the Atlanta Police Department, most recently with the rank of Major and as the Zone 5 Precinct Commander, which includes Midtown. A native of Ohio, Leighty holds a Masters Degree Public Administration and Justice Administration from Columbus State University where he graduated Summa cum Laude and a Bachelors of Applied Studies in Organizational Leadership from Mercer University, where he was also a Summa cum Laude graduate. Prior to his law enforcement career, Leighty also served for 10 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Dan Hourigan brings 14 years of diverse urban planning and program management experience in leading Midtown Alliance’s transportation & sustainability initiatives. Dan is currently responsible for developing and implementing projects and programs that make Midtown highly accessible and “green.” Within this role, Dan led the planning efforts that created the Midtown EcoDistrict – the South’s first urban eco-district. Dan was instrumental in helping form the Midtown Improvement District and in launching Midtown’s transportation management association. Prior to his work with Midtown Alliance, Dan worked in marketing and logistics positions. Dan received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a Masters of City Planning from Georgia Tech. Dan is accredited as a LEED Green Associate and is a graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute and the Midtown Leadership Program. He is an avid cyclist and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.
Ginny Kennedy has worked at the Midtown Alliance in two roles. First, as a staff planner in 1996-97 when the Blueprint Master Plan was being developed with grassroots input from more than 2,000 community stakeholders. This planning process resulted in the single-largest rezoning in the history of Atlanta and set the stage for the remarkable transformation of Midtown into a vibrant urban center. She returned to the organization in 2009 as the Director of Urban Design with a primary focus on ensuring that new development in the district is consistent with the vision originally prescribed by the Blueprint. Working closely with members of the development community and in partnership with the City of Atlanta, Ginny provides development assistance and oversees the formal review process for all projects in Midtown’s two zoning districts – SPI-16 & 17.
Ginny also works on urban design initiatives and capital projects within the Midtown Improvement District. With efforts ranging from pocket parks to major enhancements to existing infrastructure, such as bridges and transit stations, Ginny brings a multidisciplinary approach to creative place-making. Recent efforts have focused on public art and programming to activate street life in Midtown and to engage the community.
A native of Atlanta, Ginny graduated from Pace Academy, received a BA from Smith College and dual Masters Degrees from Georgia Tech in Architecture and City Planning.
Cladie Washburn brings more than 13 years of proven experience in landscape architecture and project management to the Midtown Alliance. She has been a Midtown Atlanta resident since 2002 and is dedicated to improving and sustaining the quality of life in her neighborhood. Cladie is responsible for implementing Midtown’s capital projects (streetscapes, urban parks, bicycle infrastructure, and other urban enhancements) through project management, design, staff and consultant management, contractor and partner coordination, communications, and outreach activities.
Prior to joining the Midtown Alliance in June 2013, Cladie worked for 10 years as Landscape Designer and Director of Operations at AECOM (formerly known as EDAW), a Fortune 500 company and the top design firm. She is a registered Landscape Architect in the state of Georgia and a published co-author. Cladie has been recognized for her leadership and organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to deliver projects on-schedule and on-budget. Her project teams have celebrated numerous industry awards for design, masterplanning, and project delivery throughout the United States, including several Awards of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Cladie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Biltmore House Condominium. When she isn’t focused on projects, Cladie enjoys time with her dog and boating with friends on the lake. She is an avid sports fan, particularly when rooting her alma mater, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, on in football.
Brian has two decades of experience leading communications, marketing, PR and social media campaigns for non-profit organizations and blue-chip private-sector companies. Before joining Midtown Alliance, Brian worked with Points of Light to rejuvenate a national award program that originated out of the White House to recognize exceptional volunteer service. He previously served as Director of Communications at The Clean Air Campaign, leading public awareness strategies to reduce traffic and improve air quality in concert with Midtown Alliance's Midtown Transportation team and other transportation management associations in the region.
Brian has also held corporate communications roles with Primerica Financial Services, BBDO Atlanta (a full-service advertising agency), and Agency180, a company he co-founded that provided graphic design and interactive media services for clients ranging from a local watersports retailer to an international candy manufacturer.
Brian served on city council for the City of Pine Lake, where he helped manage a watershed restoration project funded through a $1.3 million Georgia Department of Natural Resources grant. He currently serves as a co-chair on the board of trustees at the International Community School, a public charter school serving 400 immigrant, refugee and local children in DeKalb County.
Philip Rafshoon joined the Midtown Alliance as Director of Member Engagement in May 2016. A graduate of Georgia Tech, he began his career in sales with the NCR Corporation. From 1993 until 2012, Rafshoon owned and operated Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, a landmark welcoming space for Atlanta residents and an unofficial LGBT community center. He has been involved in a broad range of community organizations and has served on the advisory committee of the American Booksellers Association.
In 2013, he became Program Director of the AJC Decatur Book Festival, one of the largest book festivals in the country. Over the next three years, he oversaw a significant expansion of the festival footprint and helped grow the festival in diversity, attendance, scope, and visibility. Philip has received numerous awards, including the Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award and two Atlanta Phoenix awards from the Mayor's Office. He served as a corporate co-chair of the 2004 AIDS Walk Atlanta and received the Community Service Award from AID Atlanta in the same year. He served on the City of Atlanta Police Chief Search Committee in 2010. The following year he was awarded the Atlanta Gay Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Ivan Allen Alumni Legacy Award from the Georgia Tech College of Liberal Arts.
Philip lives in Midtown with his partner and enjoys reading, running, biking, and all of the aspects of living in this great urban environment.
Ashley-Grace Jaberi joined Midtown Alliance in August 2012. Ashley brings with her nearly seven years’ experience in new media, communications leadership and destination marketing. Prior to joining Midtown Alliance, she worked in new media journalism and communications management at Rome News-Tribune as well as Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism. While at Sandy Springs, Ashley was designated a "30 under 30" Destination Marketing Professional in 2010--serving as the only representative from the state of Georgia in Destination Marketing Association International's recognition program. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, where she developed a passion for storytelling and visual communication, and is currently working on her Masters in Northwestern University's Medill Integrated Marketing Communications online program. Ashley lives in Brookwood with her husband Milad and stubborn dachshund Remie.
Kathleen joined Midtown Alliance in 2002 after spending 5 years at the Arthritis Foundation, Georgia Chapter. Having grown up in the Virginia-Highland’s neighborhood, she was eager to join the organization that was the driving force behind Midtown’s revitalization.
In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with family & friends.
Mark Noll joined the Midtown Alliance in September 2015 as Project Manager for transportation and sustainability initiatives. Mark comes to Atlanta from Louisville, Kentucky where he spent three years with the Louisville Innovation Delivery Team working across the public and private sector to develop and manage a range of initiatives that effectively addressed some of the city’s most difficult challenges. Mark also served on the Board of Directors for a local nonprofit organization that worked to make streets safer for people on bikes and foot.
Mark graduated from Centre College with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and the University of Maryland with a Master of Community Planning. He also earned his accreditation as Project Management Professional in 2015. Outside the office, Mark enjoys running, hiking, and exploring Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods on his bike.
Michelle joined the Capital Enhancements team in February 2016. In her role as Project Manager, Michelle facilitates the construction of urban bicycle paths, sidewalks, signage, street furniture, street trees, and landscaping within the Midtown Improvement District. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and is a Certified Arborist and G.S.W.C.C. Plan Reviewer-II. A native Georgian, she worked as a Landscape Designer for 6+ years at New York City Parks Department. Michelle enjoys painting, hiking with her dogs, and traveling the world.
Susannah Lee joined the Midtown Alliance in September 2013. In her role as Associate Project Manager, she is responsible for economic development marketing and outreach, GIS management, and urban design and planning support. Susannah has three years of experience at Georgia Tech's Center for GIS, focusing her research on sustainability, land use, and the relationship between the built environment and public health. Susannah received a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech. She lives in Grant Park where she enjoys gardening and keeping her backyard chickens.
Lauren Bohn joined the Midtown Alliance team in April 2015 as Associate Project Manager of Urban Design. In her role, Lauren assists with our long-range planning, management of the Development Review Committee (DRC), and facilitation of our public art and street activation program. Lauren has already demonstrated her versatility at the Midtown Alliance having been the only person to have successfully worked as an intern in marketing and communications, transportation, and planning. Lauren has a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management as well as Planning and Economic Development and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Dance. As an Atlanta native, Lauren has witnessed Midtown’s transformation first hand and is thrilled to work alongside her Midtown Alliance colleagues to contribute to a vibrant and wonderful Midtown, Atlanta.
Kyle Guess joined Midtown Alliance through ABM in August of 2014 as Project Manager for Midtown Green. Kyle is responsible for managing the Midtown Green Team that serves to enhance the aesthetic appeal, cleanliness and public safety throughout the Midtown Improvement District. Kyle graduated from Clemson University with Bachelors in Horticulture with emphasis in Turfgrass Management. Prior to Joining Midtown Alliance, Kyle worked 8 years in commercial landscape management and was a member of the (GAUC) Georgia Urban Ag Council. When not working, Kyle enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his dog.
An Atlanta native, Laura Troutt returned to Atlanta in 2004 after two and half years in Prague, Czech Republic. Laura joined the Midtown Alliance in September 2014. She brings over 21 years of management, administrative and advertising experience. In her role, she serves under the Director of Public Safety as Programs Administrator for Public Safety and Landscape Maintenance for Midtown Blue and Midtown Green. Laura previously served with the City of Morrow Police Department as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police and, prior to that, as Traffic Manager with Blue Sky Agency in Atlanta. She also served as an Executive Assistant for BellSouth Cellular Corp. After working and living in the Midtown area over the years, Laura is enthusiastic about contributing to the ongoing beautification, safety and vitality of the community. She is an avid Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling in her spare time.
Sarah Wilgus joined the Midtown Transportation team in January 2014. In her role as Employer Program Manager, Sarah provides consultation services to employers and property managers to develop customized commute programs and transportation plans. Prior to joining Midtown Alliance, Sarah worked as a Commuter Services Coordinator for The Clean Air Campaign. In her spare time, Sarah can be found rock climbing or hiking. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and an alumni of Georgia State University. Sarah is an avid MARTA rider and supports her passion of environmental protection by volunteering with various organizations.
An Atlanta native, Thomas Wynn joined Midtown Transportation in July of 2015. Thomas’ duties include consultation services and customized commute programs for employers and employees in Midtown Atlanta. With firsthand experience in multiple alternative commuting options throughout the City of Atlanta, Thomas provides insight into simple and practical alternatives. Before joining Midtown Transportation, Thomas worked as part of DeKalb County’s Development Group contributing to commercial and residential redevelopment initiatives, employer incentive policies and process improvement. When not in the office, Thomas spends time gardening at his home in Grant Park, traveling around the South East or just out and about in Atlanta. Email Thomas.
Misty Kelly joined Midtown Alliance in May 2016 as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO and COO. She also serves as the Office Manager. Misty has almost 15 years of experience working in a variety of key roles with production management and coordination, shows and events for Penn House, as a freelancer and for a large Atlanta church. Misty has also held roles as Executive Office Coordinator for Auburn University Office of Development, and accounting and bookkeeping for a small business. Misty holds a BA of Mass Communication from Auburn University, and an MBA from American InterContinental University.
Debra “Debbie”joined the Alliance in 2006. In her role, she serves as administrative support to the Executive team. Previously, Debra worked for General Electric for over 15 years. In her spare time, Debra enjoys an active church community and her beloved AKA sorority.
Bradley Mason joined Midtown Alliance as the Midtown Public Safety Supervisor in April 2015 and brings a wealth of knowledge to this position. He was the Security Director at the Biltmore (Novare Management Group) for over ten years. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree, Criminal Justice from Alabama State and a Masters of Teaching from Kaplan University.
Alecea Conner joined Midtown Alliance in May 2015 as a Public Safety Officer. Alecea obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Westwood College in December 2010. She has worked in the security field for 8 years. Alecea was an employee with U.S. Security as a Security Officer for 2 years. She also worked for G4S Secure Solutions as a Custom Protection Officer for 6 years. Alecea is a team player and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Midtown Alliance. She also strives for excellence and encourages it in others.
Dan Istok joined Midtown Alliance through our new Public Safety Officer program in May of 2015. Dan was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Michigan and recently relocated to Atlanta in June of 2012. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University as well as an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement. His life motto is “Doing what I can with what I got.”
Courtney Richardson joined Midtown Alliance as a Midtown Public Safety Officer in May 2015. In 2011, Courtney graduated from Herzing University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security. Prior to joining Midtown Alliance, Courtney worked 10 years as a Security Officer for our home team Atlanta Hawks. Courtney resides in Ellenwood, Ga, with her Husband Rodney and daughter Aazarihya. When not working, Courtney enjoys traveling with family and volunteering in community.
Before joining Midtown Alliance in May of 2015, Reginald Woodall worked for a number of years for a diverse range of organizations, including the United States Army where he was a Military Police Officer and served in Operation Desert Storm. He then became a member of the National Guard 78th MP Company in Monroe, Georgia. After serving in the military, Reginald worked for companies such as Bank of America, Walden Security and Murray Guard. Reginald's experience and dedication will be an excellent asset to our public safety team. A perfect day for Reginald would include a good cup of coffee and unlimited fishing.
Marwesi Woodard joined Midtown Alliance through our new Public Safety Officer program in May of 2015. Marwesi has more than seven years of experience in the security field. He is a 10 year military veteran earning many awards throughout his career. He is currently serving in the US Army National Guard holding the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 2007, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Correctional Services from Jackson State University. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Troy University. He has been deployed overseas twice once to Iraq and the other deployment to Afghanistan. Mr. Woodard is a firm believer that hard work pays off in the end.