Nathaniel Smith

Title: Founder, Chief Equity Officer
Company: Partnership for Southern Equity
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Nathaniel Smith, Chief Equity Officer at Partnership for Southern Equity, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in community organization.

In 2010, Mr. Smith founded the Partnership for Southern Equity, an organization dedicated to advancing policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. He currently serves as the group’s chief equity officer. Previously, Mr. Smith excelled from 2000 to 2006 as public policy manager for the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, where he conducted research, education and advocacy on key policy issues that impacted neighborhood revitalization in the metropolitan Atlanta region. He provided superior service as director of partnerships for equitable development from 2006 to 2014 with the Emory University Center for Community Development, facilitating partnerships and research opportunities with external and community organizations to achieve balanced, sustainable and inclusive development.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1997, Mr. Smith continued his education with a Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York City in 2000. He has earned certificates in project management, achieving leadership potential, influential leadership and increasing personal effectiveness from Emory University, as well as an NCI Charrette Planner and an NCI Complete Charrette Manager from National Charrette Institute of Virginia Tech University. In addition, Mr. Smith completed coursework for certification in economic development from the International Economic Development Council. Mr. Smith’s many honors include listings in “500 Most Powerful Atlantans,” by Atlanta Magazine in 2019 and 2020 and he was designated as One of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine for three years from 2018 to 2020.

For Mr. Smith, his dedication to equity began when he was a young man when he witnessed his parents’ involvement in the civil rights movement with the Southern Christian Conference, an organization led by Martin Luther King, Jr. This led him to align himself with community efforts to broaden the aspects of racial equity, diversity and inclusion in the community. In the coming, Mr. Smith hopes to continue to lead and manage the Partnership for Southern Equity, whose goal in the future is to have a larger budget and more visibility as an organization to be able to have an impact on the lives of the people in the community, especially minorities and people of color.

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