Our Team

Our Staff

We’re six longtime journalists passionate about our city and making journalism more accessible to all Atlantans.

Our Board


Floyd Hall, Head of Creative

Floyd Hall is a media strategist, cultural producer, writer and documentarian from Atlanta, Georgia. He has worked across the media spectrum in a variety of roles and capacities, including strategy, research and production; his current and past work spans several industries, including Digital Media Entertainment, Brand Management, Nonprofit Arts, Social Change, Sporting Goods, Sports Media and Luxury Lifestyle. He has produced over 700 podcast episodes covering Art, Pop Culture, Fashion, Sports, Music, and Technology, including projects for National Public Radio (NPR) Station WABE, Woodruff Arts Center/High Museum, Flux Projects, the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and WonderRoot. Learn more about Floyd.

Mike Jordan, Head of Marketing

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, Creative Loafing, The Huntsville Times and more. His 20+ years of experience includes working with Cox Media Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, Splash, Eventbrite, Cumulus Media, Entercom, and LaFace Records. Learn more about Mike.

Kamille Whittaker, Head of Education

Kamille Whittaker is a collaborative journalist and editor with more than a decade of experience researching, reporting and managing the editorial operations and production of print and digital brands all along the independent, community, academic, non-profit and corporate media spectrum. In 2017, after a decade with the Atlanta Tribune, Whittaker joined Real Times Media, the parent company of a portfolio of newspaper, magazine and digital media operations, which included the Atlanta Daily World, The Chicago Defender, and other titles. Kamille is now a freelance journalist, and a MFA candidate in The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and is a 2005 Political Science and Journalism graduate of the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University. Learn more about Kamille.

Mariann Martin, Head of Engagement

Mariann Martin is an award-winning journalist who has worked for Gannett and the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a full-time reporter, writing about criminal justice, government, politics and health care. More recently, she has worked as a freelance writer and a coordinator for a nonprofit organization, managing community engagement, projects and budgets. She has also taught college-level English and history. Learn more about Mariann.

Sonam Vashi, Head of Operations

Sonam Vashi 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. Learn more about Sonam.

Max Blau, Head of Fundraising

Max Blau is a journalist who writes narrative and investigative stories for newspapers, magazines, and digital media outlets. His reporting has been featured on NPR, Vox, and Kaiser Health News, recognized by Longform and Long Reads, and won awards. He has worked as a staff writer with media outlets including STAT, CNN, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing Atlanta. A recent graduate of the University of Georgia’s narrative nonfiction M.F.A. program, he was chosen as a civic innovation fellow by the Center for Civic Innovation. Learn more about Max.


Adam P. Newman, Chair

Adam P. Newman is a digital project specialist for Emory University’s Atlanta Initiatives, a project of Emory’s Center for Digital Studies, in collaboration with the school’s Office for Government and Community Affairs and the Center for Civic and Community Engagement. He is also the managing editor of Atlanta Studies, an open access, digital publication that features work from scholars, writers, artists, and activists who are writing the next chapters in Atlanta’s story.

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, Atlanta Studies, and for urban design and planning projects around the world. 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. Learn more about Hannah.

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. Learn more about Marian.

Nathaniel Smith, Vice Chair

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. Learn more about Nathaniel.