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Madi Shields

Director of Research

Madi Shields joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber in 2017 as a Research Analyst in the Economic Research group. She now serves as MAC's Director of Research. Madi conducts demographic, economic, and GIS data analysis for the Atlanta metropolitan area. She works with the research team to provide information for MAC divisions, research documents, and to companies evaluating the Atlanta area for a new location or expansion.

Madi specializes in demographic and economic development research and analysis, geographic information systems, as well as data collection, management, and visualization. She previously worked as a project manager associate where she consulted with cities and counties in Georgia on economic development studies. Madi has also worked with several organizations to develop metro Atlanta’s startup ecosystem.

Madi holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Indiana University and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Georgia Tech where she concentrated in Economic Development. 


Jalisa B. Murphy

Research Analyst

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