John M. Haupert came to Grady as president and CEO from Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, where he was executive vice president and chief operating officer.
He began his career at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 1992 and by 2000 had been appointed president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center. In 2003 John became executive vice president for corporate services and business development for Methodist Health System and in 2006 he left to become COO at Parkland.
John is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and recipient of its Regent’s Leadership Award. He has served as chairman of the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council, chairman of CareFlite, a director of the Texas Hospital Association Political Action Committee, a delegate to Regional Policy Board 7 of the American Hospital Association, a director of Parish Episcopal School in Dallas and in leadership roles with several Dallas area community organizations.
A native of Ft. Smith, Ark., John is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trinity.
Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer
Rhonda A. Scott, PhD, RN, NE-BC, NEA-BC
Rhonda A. Scott, Grady’s chief operating officer, is often credited for eliminating nurse contract labor, improving nursing, patient and physician satisfaction and enhancing nurse recruitment and retention.
When she joined Grady in 2004, Rhonda had 20 years of nursing experience at some of the finest healthcare institutions in the U.S., including the University of Chicago Medical Center, University of Alabama Medical Center, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta.
She is a member of several professional associations, has served as president of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, is now a nurse executive fellow at the Wharton School of Business and has been widely published in leading nursing journals. Rhonda was awarded Tenet’s “Outstanding Chief Nursing Officer Award” and received the “Up and Comers Award” from Modern Healthcare magazine for rising stars in healthcare management.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University, and a PhD in Nursing Science with a focus on Advanced Practice Nursing and Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University.
Lina George brings a wealth of experience to Grady. Over her career, Lina has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for three global corporations, most recently serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for the Latin America division of Wal-Mart, overseeing all human resources functions for 4200 stores in nine countries.
Lina began her career as an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) attorney specializing in human resource and employee benefits litigation and counseling to corporate clients. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Denver.
Executive Vice President / Chief Legal Officer
Timothy Jefferson, Esq.
Timothy Jefferson joined Grady in 1998 as the health system’s general counsel.
A senior executive with more than 25 years of health-related experience, Timothy has served in several different roles at Grady in addition to his general counsel role. He was chief operating officer from 2001 to 2003 and interim president and CEO in 2007.
Before joining Grady, he was senior vice president/general counsel at D.C. Health & Hospital Public Benefit Corp., senior associate general counsel at Howard University and senior attorney for the Department of Health & Human Services/National Institutes of Health.
Jefferson is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Public Hospitals, National Association of Health Services Executives and American Health Lawyers Association.
Timothy Jefferson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University Law School.
Robert Jansen is a seasoned physician executive with more than two decades of experience. Before coming to Grady, he served as President of WellStar Medical Group and Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Medical Officer of WellStar Health System.
Jansen holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Kennesaw State University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University. After a year of research at the National Institutes of Health, he returned to Washington University and completed a fellowship in nephrology.
Active in the community and profession, Jansen is past president of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia and Georgia‐South Carolina Society of Nephrology. He is a member of numerous medical professional organizations including the Renal Physicians Association.
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
Richard Rhine joined Grady in July 2013. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He earned a Master of Science in Not-For-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
His career in healthcare management began at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, where he served for many years in various Registration and Financial roles. He has also served roles at Exempla Healthcare in Denver, Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
Nationally, Rick serves on the HFMA Revenue Cycle National Advisory Council.
Renay Blumenthal, a long-time community leader, is president of the Grady Health Foundation. In this role, she leads all aspects of the foundation, including setting the foundation’s strategic direction, coordinating all fundraising activities, and providing community outreach to increase support for Grady.
Blumenthal’s career spans a rare mix of both public and private sector experience. For nearly 10 years, she served as senior vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where she directed initiatives to strengthen the region and city. She has been a trusted adviser to Georgia’s top elected officials, serving as policy director to former Gov. Roy Barnes, budget and policy director to former Gov. Zell Miller, and budget chief to former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. She was also instrumental to former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s transition team.
Throughout her career, Blumenthal has used her positions of authority to strengthen Grady, whether leading a Chamber task force that led to a $325 million infusion for Grady, or securing state and federal funding for Grady while in the Governor’s office.
Blumenthal, an influential member of several community boards, has received numerous leadership awards and is consistently recognized as one of Georgia’s top female lobbyists. A native Atlantan, she holds an MBA from Georgia State and is a cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech.
Senior Vice President / Chief Marketing & Experience Officer
Lindsay Caulfield joined the Grady executive team in January 2012, recruited from global public relations agency Cohn & Wolfe, where she served as executive vice president.
Through the years, she developed and led fully integrated marketing communications programs, public relations initiatives and strategic planning for Fortune 500 companies, as well as several Atlanta area brands. She has counseled CEOs and worked with corporate communications and marketing teams. Her work has fueled the growth of many companies, the repositioning of their brands and the revitalization of products long thought to be past their prime.
Lindsay has served on several boards throughout her career. She served on the board of Heart to Heart, an organization committed to saving babies and children aboard dying of congenital heart defects. She was on the advisory board for Seneca center, an organization that provides mental health treatment and support services to emotionally troubled youth. She most recently sat on the board for Park Pride here in Atlanta.
Lindsay received a Master of Science in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine and Bachelor of Science in English Literature from Northeastern University.
Ben McKeeby joined Grady in 2010 and was named Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer in 2014. He is responsible for overseeing all clinical and business systems and the technology infrastructure for the health system.
Before coming to Grady, Ben was a healthcare technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he assisted various organizations through many transformative initiatives.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Decision and Information Science.
Ben serves on the Georgia Health Information Exchange Technology Committee and is active in many charitable, healthcare and technology organizations.
Matthew Hicks, senior vice president / Chief Policy Officer since 2011, is responsible for managing the vital relationships between Grady and its government partners.
A veteran of health system public policy, Matthew has worked with local, state and federal government. Today, he helps Grady to manage the intricacies of implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the challenges of maintaining stable funding from the State of Georgia and Grady’s local government partners.
He most recently served as Associate Legislative Director for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). At ACCG, he managed transportation and economic development policy and represented Georgia’s 159 counties before Congress, the General Assembly, state agencies and other organizations.
Earlier in his career, Matthew worked on social service and healthcare matters for United States Senator Zell Miller. He also served as a healthcare provider, working as an emergency medical technician throughout and after college.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University.
Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors
Erica Qualls-Battey, general manager of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, was recently named the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2015 Most Admired CEO in the hospitality category. It was the second time she received the honor.
Qualls-Battey is zealous about customer satisfaction and has imbued the Marriott Marquis with her commitment to quality service. As a result, she has been recognized by Marriott International, which named her General Manager of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Qualls-Battey began her career with Marriott in 1993. She has served as hotel manager and director of human resources at the Marriott Marquis, and general manager of the Residence Inn by Marriott in Sunnyvale, Calif.
She is also involved in local and national community organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network, United Negro College Fund, United Way, the Azalea City Chapter of the Links and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia. She is a director of the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, Atlanta’s annual college football bowl game; the YWCA, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Hotel Council, the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Qualls-Battey has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Leadership Award for outstanding volunteerism from the Atlanta Business League, which listed her as one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence.
She has also been honored within the hospitality industry, named Host Hotels and Resort General Manager of the Year, and General Manager of the Year by the Georgia Hotel Lodging Association, as well as Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Mark P. Becker
Mark P. Becker, president of Georgia State University, is strongly committed to academic research, raising awareness of cutting-edge scientific study underway in Atlanta and equalizing opportunities for all.
As president of GSU, Becker has focused on making the school one of the top urban research universities. He has also strived to create a culture of support for students. As a result, the GSU graduation rate has improved by 10 percent and the school leads the nation in eliminating graduation rate disparities based on race or ethnicity.
His commitment to research dovetails with Grady Health System’s own mission of fulfilling the unmet medical needs of metropolitan Atlanta. Grady medical research has led to breakthroughs in the treatment of stroke, improvements in medical technology and refinements in surgical devices.
Becker’s background also complements Grady’s objective of improving public healthcare in the region. Before coming to Georgia, he was dean of the School of Public Health and assistant vice president of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the University of Minnesota. He has also served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina.
He sits on several boards and committees of civic, government and professional bodies, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Research Alliance, and the Atlanta Committee for Progress.
A Maryland native, he attended Harford (Md.) Community College, earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State University in 1980 and his doctoral degree in statistics from the Pennsylvania State University in 1985.
Annette Bernard, MD
Appointed to The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority in 2012, Dr. Bernard serves as Treasurer and chair if the Pension Committee. She is a member of the Piedmont Hospital medical staff and is in private practice in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward.
Bernard is a graduate of Youngstown State University and the Northeastern Ohio Medical College. She completed her internship and residency training at the University of Michigan. While there she did a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and completed a Master’s in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Public Health.
In 1992, she joined the Emory School of Medicine faculty and was appointed Director of General Medicine Clinics at Grady. She restructured the hospital based clinics and led the faculty in developing teaching programs with a focus on delivering care in the outpatient setting.
Frank Blake, retired chairman and CEO of The Home Depot, chairs the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board.
Before joining The Home Depot in 2002, he was deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, a role similar to that of chief operating officer in the private sector. He managed the department’s annual $19 billion budget and influenced policy decisions.
Earlier, Blake served as general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.
From 1991 to 1995, he briefly left the public sector to work at General Electric, where he served in various roles, including general counsel and senior vice president, Corporate Business Development. During his time there, he oversaw worldwide mergers, acquisitions and dispositions.
After his final return to the private sector with Home Depot, Blake’s first served as executive vice president for Business Development and Corporate Operations, and vice chairman on the board of directors, reporting directly to then-Chairman and CEO Robert Nardelli.
He was responsible for the company’s real estate, store construction and maintenance, credit services, strategic business development, special orders and service improvement, call centers and Installation Services. He became chairman and CEO in 2007 and restored the company’s stock performance.
Blake is active in Atlanta’s business and philanthropic communities. He is a director of Delta Airlines and the Georgia Aquarium.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a jurisprudence degree from Columbia University School of Law.
Lisa M. Borders
Lisa M. Borders, chairwoman of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Company, brings deep and unique understanding of Grady’s mission.
Before Coca-Cola, Borders was the long-serving president of the Grady Health Foundation. Under her leadership, the Foundation completed its Greater Grady Capital Campaign, a five-year, $325 million fundraising effort that led to significant investment in new facilities and services at the hospital, including the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center.
Today, Borders focuses on efforts to integrate Coca-Cola’s global community outreach and philanthropic efforts into the organization’s broader sustainability agenda.
Formerly, she served as president of the City Council and vice mayor of Atlanta. She was elected in a special citywide election in August 2004 and re-elected by an overwhelming margin in 2005’s normal citywide election cycle, serving through January, 2010. Her community initiatives included increasing the availability of affordable housing, uncovering transportation solutions to address the region’s traffic challenges and promoting neighborhood safety and preservation.
Throughout her community service, Borders has focused on family issues in the areas of education, healthcare and housing. She is a trustee at The Westminster Schools, a member of the Board of Ethics at Emory University, a founding leader of No Labels, a board member of the Atlanta Downtown Community Improvement District (ADID), and an emeritus board member at Clark Atlanta University,
Borders holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master’s Degree of Science in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.
H. James Dallas
With more than 30 years of experience in general management/ business operations roles, as well as Chief Information Officer positions, James Dallas is an accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in large domestic and international corporate settings.
He retired in September 2013 as Senior Vice President of Quality, Operations and IT at Medtronic, Inc., a global medical technology company that does business in more than 120 countries. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Dallas was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Georgia Pacific Corporation – a global forest products company.
Dallas serves on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations. He has been named one of the most powerful black men in corporate America several times in his career by Black Enterprise and Savoy magazines.
Thomas W. Dortch Jr.
Thomas W. Dortch Jr., chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and president and CEO of TWD, Inc., is a leader who diligently works to dismantle systemic barriers to empowerment.
Under his guidance, 100 Black Men of America expanded to include 102 chapters throughout the United States, Africa, England and the West Indies. Formed in 1986, the organization’s mission is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for African-Americans.
A former top aide to former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, Dortch was active in civic affairs. He founded the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, co-founded the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, served as national vice chairman for the Assault on Illiteracy Program and co-chaired the Atlanta Jewish/Black Coalition.
After more than 20 years of experience in public service, Dortch founded TWD, Inc., a consulting firm focused on business development, public relations and fundraising. He also became president of South West Investment Group (SWIG), a community development and investment group, and CEO of Atlanta Transportation Systems, Inc., a paratrasnsit system that manages non-emergency transportation for Fulton County Government.
He is also president of Cornerstone Parking and Lancor Parking Management, and managing partner of FAD Consulting, LLC, a diversity management, marketing, and events management company.
His experiences led Dortch to author The Miracles of Mentoring, a how-to guide for those interested in becoming role models.
Dortch has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Fort Valley State College.
Andrew W. Evans
Andrew W. Evans, was appointed chairman, president and chief operating officer of Southern Company Gas, in May 2015.
Evans also serves as the principal financial officer, principal accounting officer and vice president of AGL Capital Corporation. In addition, he is the chief financial officer and executive vice president at Northern Illinois Gas Company. Evans previously served as CFO and executive vice president of AGL Resources Inc.
Evans joined AGL Resources in 2002 as vice president of finance and treasurer, where he was responsible for the company’s treasury and finance operations. He also played a key role in its corporate development and growth initiatives, and assisted in deal evaluation and structuring.
Before joining AGL Resources, he served in various finance and business development roles at Mirant Corporation (formerly Southern Energy Inc.). During his tenure there, he oversaw market analysis and structured product development for the energy marketing business. He served as a director at Energy Transfer Partners LP. He served as director of Finance for Mirant’s trading business, Mirant Americas Energy Marketing.
Earlier, Evans was employed by the Cambridge, Mass. office of National Economic Research Associates and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
He is active in the Atlanta community and serves as chairman of the board of Zoo Atlanta, a director of the Georgia Council for Economic Education and on the finance committee of Refugee Family Services.
Evans is a graduate of Emory University.
Edward J. Hardin
Edward Hardin has been a partner of the law firm Rogers & Hardin LLP since its formation in 1976 and is a member of its Executive Committee. His practice concentrates on transactions and corporate governance. He serves on the board of directors of CompX International, Inc., and the board of Invesco Mortgage Capital, Inc.
He is co-chair of the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness; president of the Georgia Legal Services Foundation; chairman of Gateway, LLC – a homeless services center; and a member of the board of Georgia Works, Inc. Hardin is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former chair of the board of directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, former chairman of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Relations and former chair of the board of the Paideia School, Inc.
He earned a BA degree from Wesleyan University and a JD from Vanderbilt University.
Kelly Loeffler is Chief Executive Officer of Bakkt, a regulated, global ecosystem designed to enable consumers and institutions to buy, sell, store and spend digital assets on a trusted global network. She is a member of ICE’s Executive Management Committee.
Loeffler joined Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE) in 2002 where she established and led ICE’s investor relations, communications and marketing programs for over 15 years. She was responsible for managing all aspects of the Company’s investor and media relations, global marketing strategy, brand, digital, events and sustainability consistent with ICE’s growth strategy.
Prior to joining ICE, Loeffler managed investor relations at Crossroads Investment Advisers, L.P., a private equity fund of funds. Loeffler previously held roles in equity research at William Blair & Company and Citi Global Asset Management. She began her career in the automotive industry, holding various marketing and operations roles at Toyota Motor Sales, USA.
Loeffler is also co-owner and co-chairman of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, the first women-owned professional sports team in Georgia. As a result of her own positive experiences gained through athletic participation, she is an advocate of combining education and sports to contribute to the success of young people from the classroom to the workplace.
Loeffler is a Board Trustee for the Georgia Research Alliance and member of the boards of Grady Memorial Health Corporation, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Skyland Trail. She previously served on the boards of the Red Cross of Metro Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Sports Council.
Loeffler earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a Master of Business Administration at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago. She is a CFA charterholder.
Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD
In 2014, Valerie Montgomery Rice became the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the institution.
A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Dr. Montgomery Rice joined Morehouse in 2011 as dean and executive vice president. When she was elevated to president, she retained the deanship.
Dr. Montgomery Rice brings to the board a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. These assets make her an invaluable strategist, influencer and community partner.
She founded the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where she also served as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president of health affairs.
Dr. Montgomery Rice has been active within the medical industry through her involvement with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities advisory council, the Society for Women’s Health Research board, the March of Dimes board, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans Administrative board, the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, the Every Life Matters, Every Dollar Counts Campaign and the National AIDS Fund board.
A Georgia native, Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia.
Pamela S. Stephenson, Esq.
Pamela S. Stephenson is an attorney and state legislator from Lithonia.
Stephenson has been devoted to the critical health care needs of Georgians for more than a decade. Her experience in health care is extensive: In 1996, former Gov. Zell Miller appointed her director of the Georgia State Health Planning Agency, where she was responsible for regulatory oversight of all of Georgia’s hospitals, and in 2000 former Gov. Roy Barnes appointed her to the State Medical Education Board. She was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002.
Stephenson has a Master’s Degree in Health Planning from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Atlanta’s Woodrow Wilson College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Government Program.
A resident of DeKalb County, she has worked tirelessly for her community and the needs of children, seniors and others. Stephenson has served as president of the Decatur-DeKalb Chapter of 100 Black Women and is active in Greenforest Baptist Church.
David P. Stockert
David P. Stockert is CEO of the real estate investment trust Post Properties and a veteran of Atlanta’s real estate industry.
Stockert became CEO of Post Properties in 2002, after serving as the company’s president and chief operating officer. Post is a leading high-quality multifamily housing company headquartered in Atlanta. The company operates in nine major markets.
Earlier, he served as a senior executive in two other public real estate investment trusts, executive vice president of Acquisitions/Dispositions of Duke Realty and chief financial officer of Weeks Corporation. He was instrumental in the 1999 merger of Weeks and Duke that formed a $5.5 billion office and industrial real estate company with operations in 16 cities. Before entering the real estate industry, Stockert was an Investment Banker in the Real Estate Group at Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. (now Morgan Stanley).
Stockert is a director of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the National Multi-Housing Council. He is chairman of the boards of YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, Horizons Atlanta and the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation. In addition, he is former chairman of the Buckhead Coalition and the president of Post HOPE Foundation, Inc., the company’s non-profit foundation.
In addition, he has been active with Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, where he has served on the school board and as a senior warden.
He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University.
Carol B. Tomé
Carol Tomé has served as chief financial officer of The Home Depot since May 2001 and was named execute vice president of corporate services in January 2007. Prior to joining The Home Depot in 1995, she was vice president and treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation. She began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as director of banking for the Johns-Manville Corporation.
In 2003, Tomé joined the UPS board of directors and currently serves as chair of the audit committee. From January 2008 through December 2013, she served as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In 2012, she chaired the board of The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the second woman chair in the organization’s 150 year history.
Tomé serves as a trustee or board member for a number of organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Kennesaw State University Foundation, Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Denver.
Sam A. Williams
Sam Williams, former president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber is a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.
For more than 40 years, Williams has been both an observer of Atlanta’s progress and participant in its civic activities, working in the administration of Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. and serving as the first director of Research Atlanta. He later joined the development and architectural firm of internationally-renowned John Portman.
After leaving the Portman organization, he became president of Central Atlanta Progress, where he organized downtown leaders to create a privatized police force, cutting crime and leading to downtown residential growth.
In 1996, he became president of the chamber, where he focused on efforts to attract business in key industry sectors, including biosciences, logistics and telecommunications. He was instrumental in mobilizing chamber support for efforts to save Grady.
He serves as chairman of several boards and organizations, including the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jekyll Island Authority. He was founding chairman of the Atlanta World Trade Club and a member of the Carter Center Board of Councilors, the National Council on Philanthropy, the Action Forum, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Georgia Tech Board of Advisors and the Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta.
He serves on the senior advisory board of MedAssets, Inc., and is a director at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Healthcare, Inc.
Williams is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School.