For the final episode of season one of Place Matters, we’re excited to bring you a conversation between Shawn Duncan and two influential members of the Atlanta community: David Edwards, who is the Neighborhood Policy Advisor to current Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, and Shirley Franklin, who served as the 58th Mayor of Atlanta. They’ll discuss these critical questions: How can cities begin to place neighborhoods as the center of their plans for growth and change? What does it take to make cities places where all people have the chance to thrive?
The Neighborhood-Centric City
Shawn Duncan, Director of The Lupton Center
Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of FCS’s Training and Consulting Division, The Lupton Center. Shawn comes to FCS from the nonprofit leadership sector with research and writing focused on pedagogies for social impact. In his previous careers he has focused on multi-sector coalition building for community impact, content and curriculum design, group facilitation, leadership development, and immigration reform advocacy. As the leader of The Lupton Center team, Shawn brings a visionary voice for innovation, a strategic mind for resource development, and the leadership acumen to support and equip the team for success. He loves being a part of a mission-driven team that finds joy in one another while doing such important work.
David Edwards, Senior Policy Advisor for Neighborhoods, Atlanta Office of the Mayor
David Edwards is the Policy Advisor for Neighborhoods in the Office of the Mayor in the City of Atlanta. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Urban Research and a Professor of Practice in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit focused on revitalizing distressed urban neighborhoods. Mr. Edwards also served as the Global Offerings Manager for IBM’s Smarter Cities program and served as the Chief Policy Advisor for the City of Atlanta during the two terms of Mayor Shirley Franklin. He spent eight years in corporate management consulting, most recently at the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to his management consulting career, Mr. Edwards led the strategic planning team at Columbia University while serving as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Mr. Edwards began his career at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President in Washington D.C. He is the author of numerous articles and
white papers on the topics of public administration, neighborhood revitalization, public safety and the relationship between poverty and place. He earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Economics and History from Franklin and Marshall College.