About Westside Future Fund

The Westside Future Fund is a not-for-profit organization of Atlanta community leaders who believe in the future of the Westside and are committed to helping the area revitalize and grow.

Why the Westside?

A great city is the sum of its parts. And neighborhoods all over Atlanta are experiencing an exciting infusion of energy. Consider what’s happening in neighborhoods in Midtown, the Old Fourth Ward, East Atlanta, Buckhead and around the Beltline. For all of Atlanta to truly thrive, we first need to restore the strength of our Westside neighborhoods. That’s where we come in.

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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

A number of people and organizations are making a positive difference throughout the Westside neighborhoods. Our role is to coordinate those efforts  in order to maximize their impact and ensure the Westside’s long-term success.

The WFF was established in December 2014 by the Atlanta Committee for Progress (ACP), a coalition of top CEOs and leaders from Atlanta's private sector, universities and nonprofits in partnership with Mayor Kasim Reed, as part of the ACP’s economic development mission. Significant support was provided by The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Chick-fil-A Foundation.  

Browse our resources, formulated by us and others, to see plans created as we collaborate with residents and experts on the right approach.

Partners

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.

Partners

Contributors

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.

Contributors

Leadership

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

Richard Dugas

Chairman,
President & CEO, PulteGroup, Inc.

Dr. Beverly Tatum

Vice Chair,
President Emeritus, Spelman College

Lee Adrean

Retired CFO, Equifax

Liz Blake

Retired SVP, Habitat for Humanity International

Michael Julian Bond

Atlanta City Council Post 1 At-Large

Rodney Bullard

Vice President of Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation

Mark Chancy

Corporate Executive Vice President of Wholesale Banking, SunTrust, Inc.

Dan Halpern

Chairman & CEO, Jackmont Hospitality, Inc.

Tommy Holder

Chairman & CEO, Holder Construction Company

Penny McPhee

President, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Slyvia Russell

Retired President, AT&T Georgia

Ivory Lee Young

Atlanta City Council, District 3

Ex-Officio Members

Duriya Farooqui

Executive Director, Atlanta Committee for Progress

Frank Fernandez

VP Community Development, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Catherine Buell

President & CEO, Atlanta Housing Authority

Eloisa Klementich

President & CEO, Invest Atlanta

Kristin Canavan Wilson

Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City of Atlanta

Staff

John Ahmann

Executive Director,
Westside Future Fund

Lauren Estadt

Executive Assistant,
Westside Future Fund

Resources

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.