Emerald Corridor Foundation is dedicated to the healthy and sustainable revitalization of Proctor Creek and its surrounding neighborhoods in Northwest Atlanta. 


Our Mission

An overview of the Emerald Corridor vision

Emerald Corridor Foundation seeks to foster a healthy environment and support thriving urban communities.  We build greenspaces and restore waterways. We support and engage local communities through partnerships and grants.

Our Goals

  • Restore the natural systems of Proctor Creek
  • Create safe and beautiful greenspaces that support community health and recreation
  • Advance local learning and educational programs
  • Promote job training and employment opportunities
  • Strengthen the fabric of the local neighborhoods

The Emerald Corridor


from the Beltline to the Chattahoochee

Creating new access from surrounding communities to 400 acres of parks and green space along Proctor Creek. Connecting Atlanta's urban core to Proctor Creek, the Atlanta BeltLine, MARTA, the Atlanta Streetcar, the Chattahoochee River and eventually the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County.


natural systems 

Assembling and protecting buffers along the creek. Restoring the creek's natural systems to address flooding and pollution in surrounding neighborhoods resulting from a history of industrial activity, dumping, and insufficient storm water capacity.


public spaces

Building safe and clean gathering spaces in which to enjoy Atlanta’s rich neighborhood life. Reactivating public places to attract jobs and mixed-use, mixed-income development. Protecting single-family neighborhoods by focusing greater density at key transit oriented areas.


community based development

Encouraging the reuse of land surrounding Proctor Creek by upgrading infrastructure and enhancing community assets to support sustainable community and business growth. Potentially creating more than 15,000 new jobs (according to Invest Atlanta).

Emerald Corridor Foundation was founded in 2014 by a group of landscape architects and investors, inspired by the beauty of the area surrounding Proctor Creek, the neighborhoods’ remarkable transit connectivity, and the opportunity for revitalization. The Foundation’s "lead with green" philosophy aims to protect and restore Proctor Creek’s natural systems and tributaries, create green spaces and parks, and build a seven-mile trail along the creek. The Foundation is forming strategic partnerships to ensure that the green spaces it creates are cared for in perpetuity.

Support for the surrounding community will be demonstrated through giving for education, workforce training and development, environmental restoration and enhancement, health and recreation, arts and culture, and community development. 

The Foundation is implementing its vision in collaboration with partners that include the City of Atlanta, Greening Youth Foundation and other public, private and community partners.  Foundation work is funded via donations, partnerships and grants. Additionally, a U.S. Corps of Engineers program will facilitate funding for the Foundation through its mitigation banking program that awards credits earned through restoration of urban waterways. The credits earned through work on Proctor Creek will be sold to offset environmental impacts elsewhere in the metro region. 



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Board Member

As principal and founder of B+C Studio, Joel is responsible for the firm’s day to day operations as well as maintaining a critical focus on client services. Prior to forming B+C Studio, Mr. Bowman was the Design Studio Manager for Post Landscape Group where he worked on award winning projects like Cousin’s Avenues projects and many others. He is an energetic and creative designer with over 15 years of professional experience in land planning and landscape architecture known for vigorous leadership that emphasizes the promotion of design innovation through collaboration and creative thinking. Joel has worked on a diverse range of projects including a number of master-planned communities and neighborhoods, mixed-use and urban infill developments, retail and office projects. His areas of expertise include neighborhood and community planning, office and retail site planning, site design, land use consultation, corporate and residential amenity area development.


Executive Director & Board Member

Debra was previously a Senior Program Director for the Trust for Public Land (TPL) where she managed the Georgia Office’s greenspace and conservation programs, including the Proctor Creek Greenway, Chattahoochee Valley Blueway, Chattahoochee River, and the Atlanta BeltLine transaction work. Prior to that, she directed the Real Estate program for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and helped launch the iconic NYC High Line park while representing CSX Corporation, holding a post in the New York City Mayor’s Office, and two years with the City of New York’s Economic Development Corporation. She is on the Board of Directors of the South Fork Conservancy, Steering Committee of the Georgia Environmental Conference, and Steering Committee of the Park Pride Greenspace conference. Debra recently completed six years of service as a Planning Commissioner in Dekalb County, GA. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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Board Member

Jason currently serves as a Development Manager with The Integral Group in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a multifamily real estate investment professional with 15 years of diverse experience. Prior to joining Integral, Jason worked with Fairfield Residential in Boston, Boston Capital Corporation, and Providence Realty Investors in Atlanta, Georgia. He served on the YMCA Headstart Board for North Georgia and currently servesas Co-Founder and Chairman of a non-profit that rasies scholarships for students attending Morehouse College.  He also serves on the Morehouse College President’s Advisory Board. Jason holds a Masters of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College and is licensed by the Georgia Real Estate Commission.

Cheryl Haas

Board Member

Cheryl is a litigation partner at McGuireWoods LLP.  She has 20 years of experience representing Fortune 100 companies in complex matters in federal and state courts as well as in investigations before federal and state securities regulators. Cheryl has lived in Atlanta for 15 years.


Board Member

Jeremy is the Executive Director of Sustainable America, implementing its strategic plan to raise consumer awareness around sustainable food and fuel issues, and to support entrepreneurs working on these issues to make our nation more efficient, resilient and sustainable. Prior to Sustainable America, Jeremy worked for a decade at The Keystone Center on the nation’s toughest energy and environmental issues as a mediator, facilitator, and educator. Jeremy worked for the Izaak Walton League on a clean air campaign on behalf of hunters and fishers, and helped launch Forest Trends, an international sustainable forestry non-profit. He also worked for five years at McKinsey & Co in its environment practice, working with Fortune 500 companies. He has an MS in Environmental Science and BA in Social Sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and an MPA in Environmental Policy from New York University.



Leonard is Managing Partner and co-founder of Zion Consulting Group, a real estate and business development advisory firm serving non-profits, faith based institutions and corporations. He is also Managing Partner and co-founder of ZL Development Group, which partners with faith based institutions to develop their real estate assets. Leonard has over 23 years of real estate, consulting, global asset management and investment banking experience, including roles with Merrill Lynch & Co.’s corporate finance/investment banking division and Alliance Capital Management International. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Youthbuild Newark a non-profit, which helps high school dropouts complete their education while training them in the construction field; as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of East Orange General Hospital, a 325-bed urban hospital serving the community of East Orange, NJ. 




Board Member

Denise is an operations executive with 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector, who recently served as the director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, where she was responsible for developing Atlanta’s first comprehensive sustainability plan the lead to passing some of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation that Atlanta has seen in its history. Previous to that Denise was Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Southwire Corp. North America’s leading producer of electric wiring and cabling. Denise held various executive positions as Portfolio Manager, Operations Manager, and Paint Center Manager at DaimlerChrysler, where she gained extensive experience in business and operations management during her 11-year tenure. She is a member of the EarthShare Georgia Board of Directors, serves on the advisory board for Emory University Board of Visitors, the Southeast Rainwater Harvesting Systems Association and The Nature conservancy Georgia LEAF Program and others.

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Board Member

Mark attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he was the recipient of the Dick Howser Award, which recognizes College Baseball’s most outstanding athlete. His professional baseball career began in 2002 when he was drafted by the Texas Rangers. He played for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels before signing his current eight year contract with the New York Yankees. Mark has been recognized during his outstanding career with a number of honors including five Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards and three American League All-Star Team selections. Mark is actively involved in community support programs in a number of cities. He is committed to education and established scholarship endowments at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In New York City, Mark is a member of the Board of Directors and leads the capital campaign for Harlem RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Intercity), a program designed to help urban youth learn, play and grow. He also supports The DREAM Charter School.


Board Member

Nick Tiller is the founder of Sustainable America, a nonprofit dedicated to making our nation's food and energy systems more sustainable through education and impact investing.  For 12 years, Nick managed a long/short equity and commodity portfolio at SAC Capital / Point 72 with over $1.5 billion gross capital.  Prior to that, at Fidelity Investments, Nick was a food sector analyst, then an energy analyst and portfolio manager of the Fidelity Select Energy Services Fund. After becoming increasingly concerned about the vulnerable state of our food and fuel systems, Nick created Sustainable America to focus national attention on these intertwined issues.  Sustainable America, although a public charity, believes in utilizing the capital markets to accomplish its charitable mission. All of its assets are invested in impact-aligned investments. While attending Harvard Business School, Nick co-founded the Harbus Foundation, a grant-making, student-run charity.  He serves on the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut. 


Board Member

David is the Director of Finance for Turner Enterprises, Inc., a private company that manages the business affairs of R.E. “Ted” Turner. He manages Turner Renewable Energy, which partners with Southern Company to own and operate 293 MW of solar power projects across the U.S., and is involved with all business activities on Turner’s approximately two million acres of ranch land.  David previously worked in investment banking, specializing in corporate and public finance at J.P. Morgan and Shattuck Hammond Partners, as well as in accounting and finance roles at Cox Enterprises, Inc. and Ernst & Young. He is a member of the investment committee for the CF Foundation and Marist School.