About Westside Future Fund

Westside Future Fund is a nonprofit formed by Atlanta’s public, private and philanthropic partners who believe in the future of Atlanta’s Westside and are committed to helping Historic Westside neighborhoods revitalize and develop into a community Dr. King would be proud to call home.

Why the Westside?

Westside Future Fund was launched by the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a coalition of top CEOs and leaders from Atlanta’s private sector, universities and nonprofits, in December 2014. The Historic Westside has a rich cultural legacy that helped shaped Atlanta as it is today —with its historic role in the Civil Rights Movement, unparalleled concentration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the unrelenting spirit of the people who call it home. Once a populous community with more than 40,000 residents, decades of underinvestment gave way to vacant housing, underperforming schools, and lack of access to key resources that define a healthy, safe, and thriving community.
Recognizing this long-term inequity in Atlanta’s Historic Westside, the ACP committed to fostering long-term transformational change through a collaborative model of compassionate revitalization to be led by Westside Future Fund. They provided early board leadership and philanthropic support.
The City of Atlanta and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation made catalytic lead investments. Chick-fil-A Chairman and CEO Dan Cathy and the Chick-fil-A Foundation were also early, momentum-building investors and devoted significant philanthropic capital and leadership resources.
Many other major Atlanta-based companies made significant foundation-setting contributions in support of the vision.

Now is the time for our city’s corporate and philanthropic leaders to join us and make their own commitment to the Westside as we make long-term, transformational change.

Former Mayor Kasim Reed

A Groundbreaking Approach to Transformation

Since our founding in 2014, Westside Future Fund has worked with residents, community leaders, and public and private partners, to achieve progress through championing four impact strategies: community health and wellness, safety and security, cradle-to-career education, and mixed-income neighborhoods. With the threat of gentrification looming, legacy residents and community leaders outlined their vision in the Westside Land Use Framework Plan, which was unanimously passed by Atlanta City Council in 2016. A key component of the plan was ensuring that as revitalization took hold, our neighbors on the Westside would be able to live in the community they call home and participate in its prosperous future. Westside Future Fund’s Home on the Westside was created to honor this commitment.

Since its inception, Home on the Westside, our signature program, has served families through its three components – anti-displacement tax fund assistance for legacy homeowners and affordable housing, rental and homeownership, for those who have “live, work, and learn” connections to the Historic Westside. Westside Future Fund renovates properties and undertakes new construction to deliver high quality housing at deeply affordable rates. Homeownership support includes access to financial counseling and down-payment assistance. For legacy residents facing rising property taxes, the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund delivers financial relief so they can remain at home on the Westside.

We also partner with other neighborhood organizations to advocate for community health and wellness, safety and security, and efforts to holistically improve quality of life. To ensure collaboration, Westside Future Fund hosts the monthly Transform Westside Summit to bring together revitalization partners and residents in an ongoing conversation about the Westside’s future. Together, we can realize the beloved community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud to call home.
Additional efforts to coordinate and accelerate initiatives contributing to the overall collective effort include:

A Commitment to the People and History of the Westside

At the core of the Westside Future Fund’s mission is its dedication to the past, present and future residents of the four Historic Westside neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include the world’s largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities, have a rich historical narrative of black Atlanta academic, religious, political and business leadership, and were home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Julian Bond, Maynard Jackson and other luminaries of the Civil Rights Movement.

The award-winning Westside Land Use Action Plan is a tangible outcome of the commitment to preserve this rich history and ensure current residents can benefit from future development. The plan calls for initiatives that reduce blight, incorporate sustainable practices and balance affordable, market-rate housing.

The commitment is also being put into action through the Westside Future Fund’s Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, funded completely by philanthropic support.

Charting a Path Forward

Since our founding in 2014, we have made progress toward a community where all can thrive. That progress is reflected in hundreds of high-quality, permanently affordable rental units, new or renovated single-family homes, and property tax relief for more than 100 legacy residents. Students have access to groundbreaking curriculum. Greenspace is expanding. Economic opportunity is on the rise.

As we look to continue fostering the holistic transformation of the Westside’s five historic neighborhoods, it will take the support of all Atlantans, working together, to make it happen. Help us continue our work including:

  • Meeting our goal of 800 permanently affordable rental units by 2025 – we are halfway there and need your help!
  • Delivering 200 affordable single-family homes and down-payment assistance to working class families.

As the Westside Future Fund looks to foster the holistic transformation of the Westside’s four historic neighborhoods, it will take the support of all Atlantans, working together, to make that happen.

Browse our site for opportunities to join the collective effort to revitalize one of the City’s most treasured communities and honor the words of former Vine City resident Dr. King:

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly ... I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.”


Our partners are invested in the transformation of Atlanta’s Westside, and we work closely and collaboratively with each of them, supporting their efforts and initiatives.



Our contributors graciously donate their time, money and other resources to fuel the various efforts that allow us to afford to keep thriving. Learn more about the way you can contribute.



The Westside Future Fund brings together community leaders from all areas of Atlanta – business, government, and philanthropy – who believe in the future of these historic neighborhoods and are committed to helping restore their strength.

Board of Directors

T. Dallas Smith

Board Chair,
Founder & CEO
T. Dallas Smith & Company

Peter Muñiz

Board Co-Vice-Chair,
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of The Home Depot

Sylvia Russell

Board Co-Vice-Chair
Retired President, AT&T Georgia

Stacy Apter

Vice President and Treasurer, The Coca-Cola Company

Reverend Kenneth Alexander

Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church North

Michael Julian Bond

Atlanta City Council Post 1 At-Large

Tom Boney

Retired Senior VP and President, Novelis North America

Rodney Bullard

CEO, The Same House

Shawntel Hebert Clark

Managing Attorney, Employment
Vanderlande Industries, Inc.

Justin Clay

Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, NCR

Michael J. Cochran

Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend

Vicki Escarra

Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group

Greer Gallagher

Senior Vice President, Holder Construction

Kathleen S. Farrell

Executive Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Line of Business, Truist, Inc.

John Gamble

Chief Financial Officer, Equifax

Kevin Holt

COO/CFO, H&H Hospitality

Virginia Hepner

Retired CEO, Woodruff Arts Center & Wachovia Bank

Susan Somersille Johnson

Chief Marketing Officer, Prudential Financial

Hilliary Jones

Senior Vice President – Banking Group Manager, PNC

Lea Kuschel

Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Bill Nordmark

President & CEO, Enlace Health

Helen Smith Price

Retired President of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company

A.J. Robinson

President, Central Atlanta Progress

Danny Shoy

Managing Director of Youth Development and Westside Atlanta,
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Dave Stockert

Retired CEO, Post Properties

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

President Emerita, Spelman College

Beverly Thomas

Retired Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente

Ex-Officio Members

Major R.M. Woolfolk, IV

Atlanta Police Department, Special Enforcement Section

Courtney English

Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor to the Mayor, City of Atlanta

Kathy Waller

Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress

Terri M. Lee

President & CEO, Atlanta Housing

Eloisa Klementich

President & CEO, Invest Atlanta


John Ahmann

President & CEO

Rachel Carey

Chief Real Estate Officer

Lee Harrop

Vice President of Real Estate Development

Raquel Hudson

Director of Programs

Sonia Dawson

Chief of Staff

Charles Forde

Director of Real Estate Finance

Marni Pittman

Director of Finance and Risk Management

Nicole Jones

Home on the Westside Program Coordinator

Robyn Washington

Volunteer Coordinator

Tameka Askew

Home on the Westside Manager

Ashley Collier

Director of Development

Louis Anderson

Real Estate Development Project Manager

Chelsie Moore

Development Manager

Derrick Jordan

Real Estate Development Consultant

Joanne Matayoshi

Accounting Manager

Candace Wheeler

Communications Manager

Mariel Hicks

Development Officer

Jackie Sawyer

Staff Accountant

Jaquata Jordan

Office Manager

Rochelle Reeder

Chief Development Officer

Will Flanagan

Maintenance Supervisor

Keyana Newman

Senior Accountant


We’re committed to helping Westside neighborhoods revitalize and grow. It will take all of us, together, to make that happen. As we collaborate with residents and experts on the right approach, we share our plans here.