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 2017. He currently serves on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Trustees; the Board of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Emory University Board of Visitors 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.
Barbara Bond-Gentry joined Midtown Alliance in April 2017. Barbara has had a distinguished career in senior leadership positions in both the nonprofit and public accounting sectors. For the last eight years, she has served as the Senior Director of Finance & Human Resources for Meals on Wheels Atlanta, an organization with a $5M annual budget providing meals, shelter, education, and community to Atlanta seniors since 1965. Prior to this role, Barbara worked as Finance and HR Director for Women Helping Women, a non-profit in Cincinnati Ohio. Barbara spent more than six years working in public accounting, starting her career as an auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP.
Marcus Neville brings to this role almost three decades of advanced experience in law enforcement, security and related operations and management.
Most recently, Neville was employed as a Captain with the Hall County Sheriff’s Department, where he served in a variety of leadership roles as Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Scene Unit, Public Information Officers and the Hall County Detention Center. During his tenure with Hall County, Neville has focused on strengthening community relationships with law enforcement, with an emphasis on diverse communities that have traditionally not been at the table.
Until 2014, Neville spent the previous 11 years managing security and operations under contract to the US State Department in Iraq and the US State Department and United Nations in Kosovo. In doing so, he managed more than 40 high-risk security and protection teams ensuring the safe movement of dignitaries and VIP personnel across high-threat areas, while supporting a staff of more than 1,000. He directed managers responsible for programs ranging from emergency preparedness, healthcare and intelligence analysis to training, facilities, equipment and logistics services.
Prior to his work overseas, Neville was employed by the Hall County Sheriff’s office for 13, years, and started his career in 1988 with the University of Georgia Police Department.
Neville is completing his Master of Public Safety Administration at Columbus State University (Dec 2017), holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Brenau University, and an Associates of Science from Young Harris College.
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 has eight years’ experience in new media, communications leadership, brand management 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 & 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 recently earned a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She also holds a 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. She is a Fall 2016 graduate of the GeorgiaForward Young Gamechangers leadership and action program, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Metro Travel Association. Ashley lives in Brookwood with her husband Milad and stubborn dachshund Remie.
Sally Salado joined the Midtown Alliance in January 2017 as the Communications Coordinator. In her role, Sally contributes to Midtown Alliance’s social media channels, blog, event planning, and membership engagement efforts. Prior to her current position, Sally held various digital marketing positions in Miami, and most recently at Atlanta’s Trevelino/Keller. Sally received her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, and a Marketing Minor, from the University of Florida. In her studies, Sally specialized in European and local politics, international business trends, and the French language. As a Miami transplant living in Midtown, Sally spends her free time biking around her neighborhood, hiking new trails, and photographing every step of the way.
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.
Karl Smith-Davids joined Midtown Alliance in August 2017 as a Senior Project Manager after over 15 years in progressive architectural and city planning practice. After receiving his degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan he assisted with the design of multiple development projects including those found in Atlanta. Karl then earned his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech and worked for the City of Atlanta serving as the chief liaison and lead zoning reviewer to the City’s most prominent Civic Improvement Districts. In that role he ensured that over 500 new developments were consistent with community visions as regulated by zoning. During this time Karl also was the lead author of divergent zoning legislation for construction of residential structures and parking structures as well as for each of the most significant geographic areas of Atlanta- the BeltLine, Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead districts.
As a result of this work, these areas were recognized by the Georgia Planning Association in 2008 for the Best Planning Document: Large Community - Downtown - and in the 2016 Great Places in America Award - Midtown - by the American Planning Association. Along with continued participation in the American Planning Association and Congress of New Urbanism he will strive to continue to advance Midtown ahead.
Forrest Rose joined the Midtown Alliance as a Transportation and Sustainability Project Manager in June 2017. Prior to joining Midtown Alliance, Forrest was an Urban Planner at the City of Atlanta and a Transportation Planner with the Georgia DOT. In those roles, he coordinated with transportation planning efforts and implementing safe, reliable, and alternative transportation plans, projects, and programs. Forrest graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgia State University. Forrest and his wife live in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. He enjoys swimming, biking, and running all over the southeast.
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.
Katie recently joined the Midtown Alliance team in January 2017 as Senior Program Manager of Midtown Transportation. Her duties include promoting clean transit through consultation services and customized commute programs. Before finding her home at Midtown Alliance, Katie worked with Lucror Resources, a redevelopment fund focusing on adaptive reuse projects in urban settings. Her first project with Lucror, FlatironCity, was nominated for best adaptive reuse project in Atlanta (2016) and led to her feature as one of "Atlanta's Up & Comers" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Katie volunteers with Sierra Club Georgia Chapter and has an abiding passion for creating and fostering community initiatives throughout Atlanta. She lives in Midtown with her wife, and you can nearly always find her on a porch or in a park enjoying a local brew, be it beer or coffee. Email Katie.
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.
Desireé Brooks joined the Midtown Alliance/Midtown Transportation team in July of 2016. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (Class of 2005), she has had a host of fun and interesting tourism positions that ranged from Tour Guide for Historic Homes in Savannah, Georgia and Atlanta to Customer Service Specialist for organizations such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden and now Midtown Transportation. Having lived and worked in Midtown for many years, she is currently a resident of Decatur, Georgia. A writer and actress, Desireé uses her spare time to; work with her fiancé, Tim, on their first book, spend time with her Tribe and be immersed in great music and classic TV shows that inspire. Email Desireé.
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.
Ashley Register joined Midtown Alliance through our Public Safety Officer program in 2017. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Public Relations Management from Clark Atlanta University. For more than eight years she has worked with nonprofits, building their branding and public engagement as a freelancer. Ashley spends her free time reading and finding new ways to express herself creatively.
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.
Kristian McClendon joined Midtown Alliance through our new Public Safety Officer program in May 2015. In 2009 she moved to Marion, AL where she received her Associates degree in Military Science and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Motivated to continue her education, in 2012 she moved to Montgomery, AL and attended Auburn University Montgomery and received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety. In 2014 she was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and now resides as the Detachment Commander at her unit, where she is in charge of 60 plus soldiers. On her off time she enjoys finding ways to better the community and bring positivity to everyone. Ms. McClendon brings to Midtown Alliance her leadership skills and knowledge. Throughout all of her hard work and dedication she always believes that, “Anything is possible if you try”.