Our Staff

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Floyd Hall
Creative Director


Floyd is a Canopy Atlanta cofounder, 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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Mariann Martin
Operations Director


Mariann is a Canopy Atlanta cofounder and 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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Sonam Vashi
Development Director


Sonam is a Canopy Atlanta cofounder and award-winning freelance journalist who’s written for the Washington Post, Atlanta magazine, the New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, 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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Kamille Whittaker
Training Director


Kamille is a Canopy Atlanta cofounder and the managing editor of Atlanta magazine. She is a collaborative journalist and editor with more than a decade of experience researching, reporting and managing editorial operations all along the media spectrum, including for the Atlanta Tribune and Real Times Media, the parent company of operations including the Atlanta Daily World and the Chicago Defender.
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Our Board

Max Blau
Max is a Canopy Atlanta cofounder and an award-winning investigative journalist with ProPublica. He has worked as a staff writer at STAT, CNN, Atlanta magazine, and Creative Loafing Atlanta. A 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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Brent Brewer
Brent is a West End resident for nearly 20 years and the managing editor/publisher of the Our West End Newsletter (OWEN) since 2006. He also participated in CA's inaugural Fellow cohort in West End. In curating the bimonthly OWEN publication, he has read, edited, and written hundreds of stories showcasing the neighborhood’s strengths. As a Canopy West End Fellow, he received training and mentorship and copublished a longform story about the West End Mall.
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Marian Liou
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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Adam P. Newman
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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Hannah Palmer
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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Nathaniel Smith
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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