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Shirley Franklin          

Executive Board Chair of Purpose Built Communities; Former Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia

Shirley Franklin was elected the first African American woman mayor of a major southern city in 2002 and served two-terms until 2010. Currently she serves as Executive Chairman of Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit consulting firm that works side-by-side with local leaders to plan and implement a holistic neighborhood revitalization effort.

From 2013 to 2016 Franklin served as the inaugural Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas Austin and from 2010 to 2012 she served as visiting professor in Political Science at Spelman College.

During her eight years, the city of Atlanta experienced unprecedented growth and afforded Franklin the opportunity to partner and collaborate with many local and regional leaders in addressing urban policy challenges, which included urban planning, economic development and infrastructure. She is best known for advocating for and tackling major government operations and ethics reform, launching the Atlanta Beltline, planning and executing over $5 billion in airport and water infrastructure improvement, leading the acquisition of the Morehouse College Collection of Martin Luther King Jr. Papers, launching the Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness and developing successful business and public-sector partnerships and alliances. Aside from her role as a public official, her community service spans over 40 years in Atlanta and includes her active participation in the arts, homelessness, higher education and politics.

Franklin is a frequent speaker and subject matter expert on ethical leadership, urban policy and community engagement having served over three decades as an executive in government and business.

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Former Atlanta Mayor: 'I Regret That I Didn't Do More ...

Shirley Franklin reflects on the difficulty of combating economic inequality when times are good and voters have other priorities.

Former Atlanta Mayor Franklin wishes she'd done more for poor ...

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin says she wishes she had done more when she was at the helm to address the lack of upward income mobility for Atlanta's ...

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