Meet the Team

Meet the people who help us fulfill our purpose. 

Senior Leadership Team

Katie Kirkpatrick

President & CEO

Michael Baptiste

Vice President of
Diversity, Equity
and Inclusion

Dan Corso

President, Atlanta Sports Council

Alex Gonzalez

Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer

Marshall Guest

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Public Affairs

David Hartnett

Chief Economic
Development Officer

Kathryn Putnam

Chief of Staff

Douglas Ray

Chief Financial Officer

Janice Rys

Chief Development Officer

Dave Williams

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Talent

Jerry Parrish

Chief Economist

Georgia Yanis

Senior Vice President of People


Kimberly Allred

Project Manager, Economic Development

Michael Baptiste

Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jason Barringer

Research Manager

Joscelin Beacham

Economic Development Operations Associate

Margaret Beckley

Program Manager, Economic Development

Melissa Bernal

Design & Content Manager

Kevin Bright

Facilities Manager

Leanna Brown

Vice President, Business Climate & Talent Development

Tim Cairl

Senior Director, Educated Workforce, Public Policy

Nikko Cayetano

Coordinator, Research & Analytics, Public Policy

Dan Corso

President, Atlanta Sports Council

Cynthia Curry

Senior Director, Smart Cities & CleanTech Ecosystems

Barbara Deane-Redman

Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Manager

Natasha DiFiore

Senior Director, Legal Affairs & Research, Public Policy

Megan Dyer

Project Coordinator

Nick Fernandez

Government Affairs Director, Public Policy

Zach Fiore

Talent Pipeline Project Manager, Public Policy

Darion Gibson

Research Analyst

Alex Gonzalez

Chief Innovation
and Marketing Officer

Marshall Guest

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Public Affairs

Justin Haight

Director, Talent Partnerships, Public Policy

Stefan Harrigan

Manager, Global Business Development, Economic Development

David Hartnett

Chief Economic Development Officer

Nasan Hayes

Facilties Coordinator

Erin Hendrickson

Director, Business Development Communications, Atlanta Sports Council

Robert Herrig

Director, Supply Chain & Advanced Manufacturing

Dylan Horne

Project Manager, Economic Development

Rebecca Jordan

Director, Project Management, Economic Development

Katie Kirkpatrick

President and Chief Executive Officer

Eddie Lai

Senior Manager, Life Science & Digital Health

Denise Martin

Senior Director of Finance

Emma McVey

Director of Operations, Economic Development

Jack Murphy

Senior Account Executive

Jerry Parrish

Chief Economist

Christina Pollonais

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Project Manager

Kathryn Putnam

Chief of Staff

Doug Ray

Chief Financial Officer

Janice Rys

Chief Development Officer

Gregg Simon

Senior Vice President of Project and Partner Development, Economic Development

Vanessa Tallie

Executive Assistant, Marketing & DEI

LeKeith Taylor

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Kiera Tolbert

Administrative Assistant, Public Policy

Diana Trujillo

Events Director, Atlanta Sports Council

Abby Turano

Vice President, Strategic Communications, Public Affairs

Grant Wainscott

Vice President, Ecosystem Expansion

Maggie Wigton

Coordinator, Government Affairs, Public Policy

Dave Williams

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Talent

John Woodward

Vice President, Global Commerce

Georgia Yanis-Sailers

Senior Vice President, People

Joanna Yee

Staff Accountant