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Meet Atlanta Civic Circle’s Board of Directors

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Bill Bolling – ACC Chair, Founder, Board Chair

Bill Bolling is Founder, Chair and Senior Advisor of Food Well Alliance, a collaborative network of growers, community and city leaders working to build thriving community gardens and urban farms across metro Atlanta. Prior to starting Food Well Alliance, Bill founded the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 1979 and served as its Executive Director until 2015. In this capacity, he oversaw the distribution of millions of pounds of food and grocery products each year through a network of more than 600 local congregations and nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry across 29 Georgia counties. He was also instrumental in starting the Georgia Food Bank Association, through which he helped launch 8 food banks across the state, serving more than 2,600 congregations and community-based organizations in every Georgia county. As a charter member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, Bill was engaged in the startup of food banks across the country. Prior to leading the Atlanta Community Food Bank, he served as Director of Community Ministries for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. 

Bill currently serves on the board of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Inspire Brands Foundation, Convergence, Georgia Forward, the Regional Commission on Homelessness, and the Deans Council of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is Founder of the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, begun in 1984, and continues to serve as convener and moderator. He is past Chair of the Board of the Regional Leadership Forum, and the State of Georgia Housing Trust Fund Commission. He is a 2015 inductee into Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame and was named Georgia Trend’s Georgian of the Year in 2012. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to sustainability, hunger, poverty, affordable housing, and public policy reform.

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Mike Alexander – Director, Center for Livable Communities at the Atlanta Regional Commission

Mike serves on the Executive Leadership team of the Atlanta Regional Commission focusing on innovation-driven strategic leadership, systems planning and policy implementation. As the Center Director, I lead the efforts of six groups within the regional planning agency: Community Development, Natural Resources, Research & Analytics, Transportation Accessibility & Mobility, and Mobility Services. The Center staff is multidisciplinary, focused on policy implementation in the fields of transportation planning, environmental planning, community development, economics and demographic forecasting.

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Peter Aman – Managing Director, EY-Parthenon

Peter is a Partner/Principal in the EY-Parthenon practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He leads the firm’s Americas Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Practice for Strategy & Transactions.

Peter has more than 25 years of consulting experience across a variety of sectors, including diversified industrial products, transportation and logistics, mobility, and the public sector. He has supported clients in growth strategy, new business and product development, organizational operating model development and effectiveness, and operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Prior to joining EY, Peter held multiple roles at Bain & Company during his 25-year tenure with the firm, including serving as a senior partner. Most recently, Peter was an Atlanta mayoral candidate in 2016 and 2017, and he previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta. As COO Peter led a variety of major programs including pension reform and public safety improvements. He also managed all operating departments including police, fire, corrections, public works, water and sewer, information technology, human resources, the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and several others.

Peter holds an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA with honors in Public Policy and History from Duke University.

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Lesley Grady – Principal, Chrysalis Lab

Lesley Grady is a Principal with Chrysalis Lab, a premier social equity consulting firm. Lesley is described by her colleagues as a “catalyst,” “connector,” “synthesizer,” and “strategist.” Holding an MA in Public Policy and Economic Development, she has provided strategic and visionary leadership for over three decades as a senior executive within major philanthropic and economic development organizations. A highly respected and sought after advisor, Lesley’s professional and civic experiences have profoundly equipped her to leverage her capacities, relationships, and passions to establish and sustain authentic connections with a cross-section of diverse leaders to facilitate positive social change.

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Ayesha Khanna- Managing Director of CARE Enterprises Inc

Ayesha Khanna is the Managing Director of CARE Enterprises Inc. (CEI), with 20 years of experience in the social impact and business sectors leading national and global organizations and scaling for-profit and non-profit ventures. She was founder of the Civic Accelerator with a portfolio of 245 social enterprises, and most recently was with the Acumen Fund after serving a decade as the President of Civic Innovation with Points of Light, the largest global organization dedicated to civic action. She began her career building health centers in rural India and in the strategy practice of Accenture. CEI is a for-profit subsidiary of global humanitarian organization, CARE USA, and is focused on creating economic opportunities for people in poverty, with women at the center, by investing in proven and scalable for-benefit companies. 

As its first initiative, CEI is raising a $75 million gender justice fund – CARE-SheTrades Impact Fund – in partnership with Bamboo Capital Partners and ITC SheTrades. Ayesha has served on various community boards and currently serves on Childfund International, the national Fuse Corps city fellowship program, civic journalism non-profit Atlanta Civic Circle and TEDx Atlanta’s Boards of Directors. She lives with her husband David Edwards and their daughter in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Saba Long – CEO, Obelisk Strategies

Saba Long is the founder of Obelisk Strategies, an Atlanta-based public relations agency with a focus on civic and corporate communications strategy.

With more than a decade of experience, she has provided communications expertise to numerous political campaigns and ballot initiatives, counseled tech startups, and served as a liaison for a White House advisory panel on infrastructure and cybersecurity. Saba has worked on nearly every major transit referenda in metro Atlanta since 2010, bringing transit back to Clayton County and expanding MARTA service in the city of Atlanta. She served as a contractor and consultant for MARTA, providing media relations and executive communications to then-CEO Keith T. Parker.

She is a founding member of the MARTA Army, a citizen-led initiative to improve the transit ridership experience. The Army’s most known initiative, Operation TimelyTrip brought route information to popular MARTA bus stops that lacked relevant signage and was instrumental in helping the agency improve the bus customers’ experience. In its 2019-2020 budget, MARTA has announced this will be the “Year of the Bus.” Saba has also served on the boards of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, PEDs, and the Atlanta chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation.

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Judith Service Montier – COO, Chez Montier

Judith is a marketing and communications executive with 20+ years of experience in the Arts & Cultural and Non-Profit sectors. She is COO and Chief Brand Ambassador for Chez Montier, a chef-driven, boutique catering company founded by her husband, Juan Montier. Judith most recently served as vice president of Marketing for The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. where she played a vital role in launching this award-winning, interactive museum. In this capacity, Judith and her team secured extensive local, national and international PR and media coverage to announce The Center’s opening and created the foundational marketing platform for the institution.

Before bringing her skills and talents to her work at The Center, Judith served as vice president of Marketing & Communications for United Way of Greater Atlanta. She also served as the director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorship for the National Black Arts Festival, the entertainment manager of the Olympic Village for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and worked for superstar Diana Ross. Judith is a graduate of Dartmouth College. She serves on the board of C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully) and the Rialto Center for the Arts. She is an alumna of Leadership Atlanta, class of 2013. Judith is married to Juan Montier, a chef with a background in architecture and interior design. They have two sons and reside in Decatur, GA.

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Brian Tolleson – Managing Partner, Lexicon Strategies

Previously CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, founder of renowned advertainment studio BARK BARK, and former Marketing and Creative executive at Viacom, Brian Tolleson has spent his career working at the intersection of human rights, media and social justice while managing billions in partnership marketing initiatives, multi-platform branding and content strategy for distributors like Sony, NBC Universal, and Google, as well as marketers such as P&G, Unilever, Clorox, Citigroup, Target, Microsoft, Starbucks, Mercedes Benz, Chevron and General Motors.

Mr. Tolleson has won many advertising awards (Clios, Cannes Lions, Promax), been nominated for an Emmy and a Grammy and has been named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Power 100 report naming Atlanta’s 100 most influential people.

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