Jill Arrington - Executive Director

Jill Arrington - Executive Director

Jill Arrington comes to Groundwork Atlanta with over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience; she has spent most of her career working in community and economic development, with a focus on adaptive re-use, asset management of real estate, affordable housing, infant and teen health care, youth education and mentoring, and community activism and engagement.  In addition to her degrees in law and history, Jill also has a B.A. in Music and experience in the cultural arts and entertainment arenas of choral societies, symphonies, and rural arts. In her time as an Atlantan, Ms. Arrington has seen Atlanta grow and morph from a large sleepy southern city to a bustling international city, filled with many opportunities and challenges for communities working to strike a balance with their history, as well as the needs of residents and desires to continue to grow and prosper.

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 Maurice Small - Urban Agriculture PRogram Coordinator

Maurice Small - Urban Agriculture PRogram Coordinator

Maurice Small is a farmer, trainer of farmers, soil alchemist and worm whisperer in Atlanta Georgia. As a consultant, Small cultivates organic food in urban spaces, creates vibrant soil and nurtures youth leadership in local food system development. For more than 25 years, Small has applied his love and appreciation for the earth, a value he received from his parents, to his work of creating meaningful work for new farmers and communities that care about vibrant local food access. Maurice Small was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and most recently has invested his energy in food and farmers in the Southeast. As an innovative creator of national models of sustainable food cultivation and distribution Small is on the cutting edge of transforming our food systems for the better.  Maurice was awarded the Organic Pioneer Award by the Rodale Institute in its inaugural year, 2011. Maurice is a founding and active member of the Farmer x Farmer Coalition.

Groundwork Atlanta Board of Directors

 Carly Queen - President  Sustainable Transportation Specialist, AECOM

Carly Queen - President

Sustainable Transportation Specialist, AECOM

 Robbie Burr - Vice President  Executive Assistant to the Provost, Georgia Institute of technology

Robbie Burr - Vice President

Executive Assistant to the Provost, Georgia Institute of technology

 Keith Sharp - Treasurer  Realtor, Keller Williams Buckhead

Keith Sharp - Treasurer

Realtor, Keller Williams Buckhead

 Craig Pendergrast - Secretary  Environmental and Real Estate Attorney, Taylor English

Craig Pendergrast - Secretary

Environmental and Real Estate Attorney, Taylor English

 Lawrence Bell, IV  Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Troutman Sanders Strategies

Lawrence Bell, IV

Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Troutman Sanders Strategies

 Nell Benn  Executive Director, Agape Youth and Family Center

Nell Benn

Executive Director, Agape Youth and Family Center

 Elly Dobbs  Retired Attorney and former Georgia State Representative

Elly Dobbs

Retired Attorney and former Georgia State Representative

 Elena Fash  Neighborhood Activist

Elena Fash

Neighborhood Activist

 Kathy Hearn  Historian and Co-Founder, Riverwalk Atlanta

Kathy Hearn

Historian and Co-Founder, Riverwalk Atlanta

 Wendy Hogg  Director of Business Development, NewFields

Wendy Hogg

Director of Business Development, NewFields

 Caroline Ledlie  Director, Youth Villages Americorps

Caroline Ledlie

Director, Youth Villages Americorps

 Michael Mapp  Grove Park Resident

Michael Mapp

Grove Park Resident

 Jaimi Panini  Product Development Director, Anthem Innovation Studio

Jaimi Panini

Product Development Director, Anthem Innovation Studio

 Janet Romanic  Principal, Schroeder Architects

Janet Romanic

Principal, Schroeder Architects

 Makara Rumley  Principal, Hummingbird

Makara Rumley

Principal, Hummingbird

 Donna Stephens  NPU-G Resident and Westside Momentum core group member

Donna Stephens

NPU-G Resident and Westside Momentum core group member

 Lindsay Wallace  Environmental Scientist, Newfields

Lindsay Wallace

Environmental Scientist, Newfields

 Scott Whalen   Tax Manager, Smith & Howard

Scott Whalen 

Tax Manager, Smith & Howard