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.



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 Keisha Bottoms and Chairman Larry Gellerstedt, President and CEO of Cousins Properties, Inc.

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

Keisha Lance Bottoms


City of Atlanta

2018 Chair

Larry L. Gellerstedt III

President & CEO

Cousins Properties, Inc.

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2018 Vice Chair

Doug Hertz


United Distributors

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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


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2014 Chair

William H. Rogers, Jr.

President & CEO

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

“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, Chair

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

— John Dyer, Former 2017 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.”



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Jeff Portman
ACP Secretary
President & COO
AmericasMart, Inc.

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Claire Lewis Arnold
ACP Treasurer
Leapfrog Services, Inc.

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David Abney
Chairman & CEO

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Edward Bastian
Delta Airlines, Inc.

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Dr. Mark P. Becker
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

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Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell
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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Daniel Halpern
President & CEO
Jackmont Hospitality

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James Hannan
President & CEO
Georgia-Pacific LLC

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John Haupert
President & CEO
Grady Health System

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Donna Hyland
President & CEO
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

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Dr. Ronald A. Johnson
Clark Atlanta University

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Ryan Marshall
President & CEO
Pulte Group, Inc

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Penelope McPhee
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
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
H.J. Russell & Company

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Jeff Sprecher
Chairman & CEO
Intercontinental Exchange

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Claire E. Sterk
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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Alex Taylor
President & CEO
Cox Enterprises, Inc.

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Scott Taylor
President & CEO

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Dr. David A. Thomas
Morehouse College

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Steve Voorhees

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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 (including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, and UPS), community leaders and the Mayor, focused on the most critical investments for Atlanta’s future. She is a Board Director of Intercontinental Exchange Inc. and the New York Stock Exchange. Duriya also serves as an Advisor to Engage Ventures.

Before joining ACP, Duriya was a principal at Bain & Company and has consulting experience in transformation, customer analytics, divestitures and growth strategy. Prior to joining Bain, 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 AMB Group for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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 was named among Atlanta’s 100 Most Influential People by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, and enjoys traveling with a camera.


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