Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Welcomes Four New Board Members

For Immediate Release

ATLANTA (January 6, 2012) –  The Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI) today announced the addition of four new additions to its Board of Directors.

Heidi Davison
DavidsonHeidi Davison brings a wealth of community relations and advocacy experience to GBPI. Davison is the former Mayor of Athens, has served on the SPLOST Citizen’s Overview Committee and she also served as President of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Inc..  Davison has managed and volunteered for several local, state and national political campaigns. She currently serves on the Alec Little Environmental Award Advisory Committee and the Clute Barrow Nelson Life Foundation. She is also an active member of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. Davison holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and masters degree in middle school education. Both degrees were earned at University of Georgia.

Patricia Harris 
HarrisPatricia Harris is nationally recognized for her achievements in economic development, and has numerous awards and merits to her credit. She is the co-founder and CEO of The Edge Connection, a non-profit entrepreneurial center that assists individuals with small business ventures. Harris serves several organizations in the community including theUnited Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Patricia holds degrees in organizational development and business management from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN, a music degree from the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and is the recipient of an organizational development fellowship whereby she studied in Europe at the Landmark Center.

 J. Mac Holladay
J. Mac Holladay J. Mac Holladay brings to the board nearly 40 years of community and economic development experience. Holladay, is the founder and CEO of Market Street, speaks across the country on the topics of community and economic development and has been quoted in a wide variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition to serving on the GBPI Board of Directors, Holladay is also active with several other boards including Alliance for Regional Stewardship; Southern Growth Policies Board’s Council on the Southern Community; Georgia Chamber of Commerce; and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives. Mr. Holladay is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and holds an honorary doctorate in business administration from Johnson & Wales University.

Russell A. Rogers
Russell RogersRussell A. Rogers is the founder and CEO of Entrepreneurs Virtue, LLC, a full service management consultant firm. He brings over 20 years of financial management experience to GBPI. Rogers is committed to service and served on several boards before joining the GBPI Board of Directors. Rogers served on the United Way of Metro Atlanta Community Investment Committee and the Town Center Area Community Improvement District (2010-2011) in a Public-Private community improvement joint venture. Rogers holds a bachelors degree in business administration and accounting from Towson University in Townson, MD and is pursing a masters degree in business administration at Emory Goizetta Business School.

“We are pleased to have these new additions to our Board of Directors. Each brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will help further our discussions of public policy in the state of Georgia,” said Alan Essig, GBPI executive director.

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