Our Staff

Floyd Hall
Creative Director
Floyd is a media strategist, cultural producer, writer, and documentarian from Atlanta. He has worked across the media spectrum and has produced hundreds of podcast episodes covering art and culture, including projects for WABE, the High Museum, Flux Projects, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and WonderRoot.
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Kamille Whittaker
Fellowship Director
Kamille is a freelance collaborative journalist and editor with more than a decade of experience researching, reporting and managing editorial operations all along the media spectrum. In 2017, after a decade with the Atlanta Tribune, Whittaker joined Real Times Media, the parent company of operations including the Atlanta Daily World and the Chicago Defender.
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Mariann Martin
Community Engagement Director
Mariann is an award-winning journalist who has worked for Gannett and the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter, writing about criminal justice, government, politics and healthcare. More recently, she has worked as a freelance writer and a coordinator for a nonprofit, managing community engagement, projects, and budgets. She has also taught college-level English and history.
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Max Blau
Fundraising Director
Max is an award-winning journalist who writes narrative and investigative stories for newspapers, magazines, and digital outlets. He has worked as a staff writer at STAT, CNN, Atlanta magazine, and Creative Loafing Atlanta. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s narrative nonfiction MFA program, he was chosen as a 2019 fellow by the Center for Civic Innovation.
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Mike Jordan
Marketing Director
Michael B. Jordan is a writer and editor. His work has been published at Playboy, Rolling Stone, Eater, Thrillist, the Outline, Time Out, Atlanta magazine, and more. His 20+ years of experience includes working with Cox Media Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, Splash, Eventbrite, Cumulus Media, Entercom, and LaFace Records.
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Sonam Vashi
Operations Director
Sonam is an award-winning freelance journalist who’s written for the Washington Post, Atlanta magazine, the New York Times, CNN, the Guardian, and several others. She writes about criminal justice, immigration, and inequity and has subject specialties in Jim Crow–era racial terrorism, Atlanta history, and policing. She grew up in Norcross and has lived in Atlanta since.
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Our Board

Adam P. Newman
Chair
Adam is a digital project specialist at Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship. Previously he was the managing editor of Atlanta Studies, an open access, multimedia digital publication that examines Atlanta from all disciplinary perspectives.
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Nathaniel Smith
Vice President
Nathaniel is the founder and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE), which advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.
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Hannah Palmer
Secretary
Hannah works as an urban designer in Atlanta. She writes about the intersection of Southern stories and urban landscapes for venues like CNN, Art Papers, Atlanta magazine, and Atlanta Studies. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, she earned an MFA in creative writing from Sewanee: The University of the South. She lives near the Atlanta airport with her husband and sons.
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Marian Liou
Treasurer
Marian is a principal program specialist at the Atlanta Regional Commission. She previously founded We Love BuHi, a social enterprise that envisions a safe, fun and attractive Buford Highway that showcases its immigrant communities.
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