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Nathaniel Smith        

Founder & CEO of Partnership for Southern Equity

Nate Smith is the Founder and CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), which advances policies and actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in Atlanta and the American South.

As CEO, Smith facilitates opportunities and introduces policies within external and community organizations to achieve balance, sustainability, and inclusive growth throughout the metropolitan Atlanta region. His resilient efforts have been instrumental in empowering the local community to act within a unified vision and voice to push for equity and progressive action.

Before taking on the founding role of PSE's CEO, Smith served as Director of Development at Emory University's Center for Community Partnerships (CFCP), and Public Policy Manager at the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP).

Among many of his accomplishments, The Huffington Post honored Nathaniel as one of the eight “Up and Coming Black Leaders in the Climate Movement” in 2017. Nathaniel was also designated one of the 100 “Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine and named to the Grist 50 by Grist Magazine in 2018.

Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies from Morehouse College, during which he received the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for Public Policy and International Affairs. He earned his Masters of Science Degree in Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research.

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