Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide leadership on key issues important to economic growth and inclusion for all citizens in the City of Atlanta.

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About

The Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a unique public-private partnership, was founded in 2003 by Mayor Shirley Franklin. The new committee allowed the Mayor to gather input and collaborate with c-suite level business, civic, philanthropic and academic leaders on issues of critical importance to the city.

Today, the ACP includes more than 40 highly-engaged chief executive officers, university presidents and civic leaders who offer expertise in service to Atlanta and its future development under the leadership of Mayor Kasim Reed and Chairman John Dyer, president and CEO of Cox Enterprises.

The ACP’s tremendous impact as an organization is due to the unique, execution-oriented partnership between the Mayor and leaders from business, non-profit and academic institutions on the most critical issues facing Atlanta. The organization’s key focus areas have been public sector fiscal accountability; economic development; infrastructure and transportation; K-12 public education; technology and innovation; and culture/quality of life.

Board Leaders

Kasim Reed

Mayor

City of Atlanta

2017 Chair

John Dyer

President & CEO

Cox Enterprises, Inc.

2017 Vice Chair

Larry L. Gellerstedt III

President & CEO

Cousins Properties, Inc.

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2016 Chair

W. Paul Bowers

Chairman, President, CEO

Georgia Power Company

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2015 Chair

Martin L. Flanagan

President & CEO

Invesco

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2014 Chair

William H. Rogers, Jr.

President & CEO

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

“ACP drives results by leveraging the talent and commitment of many of Atlanta’s most respected business, academic and civic leaders.”

— John Dyer, Chair

“We’re committed to the success of our city and our mayor, and to expanding opportunity that benefits all our citizens.”

— Larry L. Gellerstedt, III, Vice-Chair

“We’re at a critical moment in time in Atlanta’s growth and development. The city has made tremendous progress under Mayor Shirley Franklin and Mayor Kasim Reed. We must build on that momentum, so Atlanta can continue to thrive over the next five to 10 years.”

— DURIYA FAROOQUI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Members

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Jeff Portman
ACP Secretary
President & COO
AmericasMart, Inc.

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Claire Lewis Arnold
ACP Treasurer
CEO
Leapfrog Services, Inc.

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David Abney
Chairman & CEO
UPS

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Tom Barkin
Director
McKinsey & Company

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Edward Bastian
CEO
Delta Airlines, Inc.

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Dr. Mark P. Becker
President
Georgia State University

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Arthur M. Blank
Owner & CEO
Atlanta Falcons

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W. Paul Bowers
Chairman, President, CEO
Georgia Power Company

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Matt Bronfman
CEO
Jamestown

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Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell
President
Spelman College

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Dan Cathy
Chairman, President, & CEO
Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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Andrew Evans
Chairman, President & CEO
Southern Company Gas

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Dietmar Exler
President & CEO
Mercedes-Benz USA

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Martin L. Flanagan
President & CEO
Invesco

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Daniel Halpern
President & CEO
Jackmont Hospitality

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James Hannan
President & CEO
Georgia-Pacific LLC

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Darryl Harmon
Regional President
Southeast Region, Wells Fargo

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John Haupert
President & CEO
Grady Health System

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Doug Hertz
President
United Distributors

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Donna Hyland
President & CEO
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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Dr. Ronald A. Johnson
President
Clark Atlanta University

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Ryan Marshall
President & CEO
Pulte Group, Inc

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John Martin
Chairman & CEO
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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Penelope McPhee
President
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Craig Menear
Chairman, President, CEO
The Home Depot

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Dr. G.P. “Bud” Peterson
President
Georgia Institute of Technology

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James Quincy
President & CEO
The Coca-Cola Company

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Tony Ressler
Principal Owner & Chair of the Board of Directors
Atlanta Hawks

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William H. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman & CEO
SunTrust Banks, Inc.

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Michael Russell
CEO
H.J. Russell & Company

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Jeff Sprecher
Chairman & CEO
Intercontinental Exchange

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Claire E. Sterk
President
Emory University

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Wendy Stewart
Atlanta Market President
Bank of America

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Russell Stokes
President & CEO
GE Energy Connections

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Scott Taylor
President & CEO
Carter

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Klaus Zellmer
President & CEO
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Duriya Farooqui

Executive Director

Duriya is Executive Director of Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a coalition of CEOs, community leaders and the Mayor, focused on the most critical investments for Atlanta’s future. Duriya is also a Director of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (NYSE: ICE) and Advisor to Engage Ventures.

Before joining ACP, Duriya was a principal at Bain & Company and has experience in transformation, customer analytics, divestitures and growth strategy. Prior to consulting, Duriya served as Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta. She managed all city operations with a budget of $2 billion and over 7,000 employees. She is credited with restructuring city services, embedding data analytics in operations, negotiating an agreement with Delta Air Lines to open the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and securing a 30-year agreement with the Atlanta Falcons for a new NFL/MLS stadium that opened in 2017.

Duriya has an M.P.A. in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Hampshire College. Actively engaged in civic leadership, Duriya is a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center, Trustee of Agnes Scott College and serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta. She enjoys living in Atlanta’s Candler Park area with her husband and two sons.

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