Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Shirley Franklin, Purpose
Built Communities

It’s not that some neighborhoods are simply bad; they are, in many ways, catastrophic.

Shirley Franklin currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Purpose Built Communities and president of Clarke-Franklin and Associates, Inc. She was elected the first African American woman mayor of Atlanta in 2002 and served two terms. After leaving office, she was appointed to the William and Camille Cosby Endowed Chair at Spelman College and served in this capacity until June 2011. She co-chairs the United Way of Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness, is chair of the National Center of Civil and Human Rights, and serves on the boards of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Way of Atlanta, Mueller Water Products, and Delta Air Lines.